Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.


Bieber, Tauchen hold onto seats in election


Leader Staff

Leader photo by Greg Mellis Bowler election officials Colleen Cortright, Lou Ann Herzberg and Pat Zeinert Tuesday morning at Bowler Town Hall polling place.

Unofficial results of Tuesday's election in key area races. The tallies still need to be confirmed by the Board of Canvass.

• Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber defeated challenger Keith Sorlie, an independent candidate and former sheriff’s department detective, by a vote of 10,193 to 7,531. Bieber was running for a second four-year term.

• Assembly District 6, which includes much of Shawano County, saw incumbent Gary Tauchen hold onto another two-year term against Democratic challenger Richard Sarnwick and Libertarian challenger Mike Hammond on Tuesday night. With 98 percent of the vote in, the tally was 8,605 for Tauchen, 4,639 for Sarnwick and 1,235 for Hammond.

• Assembly District 35, which includes the western section of Shawano County, incumbent Mary Czaja-Felzkowski defeated Mark Martello by a vote of 17,140 to 9801

• Assembly District 36, which includes the northeast segment of Shawano County, had GOP incumbent Jeffrey Mursau over Democratic challenger Tim Comer by a vote of 16,855 to 8,494

• In the Gresham School District, voters approved a referendum allowing the district borrow $6.5 million to demolish the oldest part of the school and build a new wing for middle school and high school classrooms. The vote was 491 to 388. This is the second time the district has sought a referendum to deal with the 1935 section of its school building; voters turned down a $6 million request in April 2016.

• Bonduel School District, which sought to renew its $150,000 technology override, saw its referendum approved by a vote of 1,720 to 1,106 This referendum was seeking another six-year override, with the first being approved in 2007 and the second approved in 2013.

• Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District, which was seeking $18 million in borrowing to improve its three schools, was handed a split decision by voters on its two referendum questions, approving the first question (improvements across the district estimated to cost $13.1 million) by a vote of 983 to 723, but voting down the second question (a new $4.4 million physical education space) with 709 in favor and 986 against. This was the first time the district has sought this referendum.

Full results are expected to be online early Wednesday at, and complete stories on the ballot measures will be in Thursday’s edition.