Bieber touts track record for election win

Sorlie says he did well for Independent
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Incumbent Republican Sheriff Adam Bieber defeated Shawano police officer and former sheriff’s detective Keith Sorlie, who ran as an Independent, in Tuesday’s election.

The unofficial results, which still need to be confirmed by the Board of Canvass, were:

Bieber — 10,193

Sorlie — 7,531

“I just want to thank my supporters for trusting in me, and I appreciate their support over the past three and a half years,” Bieber said. “I know there will be challenges ahead, and we have a great team at the sheriff’s office. I look forward to working with the community and the team around us.”

Bieber said his track record as sheriff is what made the difference in the election.

“We’ve worked well with the county board; we’ve worked well with our other partners throughout Shawano County,” he said. “We’ve brought eight to nine new services to the citizens of Shawano County. We’ve done a lot of good things, and I think that’s why the voters are giving me another term.”

Sorlie said he was proud of the results he had gotten for being an Independent candidate.

“To get 7,500 votes in a heavily Republican county speaks a lot to the team we put together and for the desire for change,” he said.

Asked if he would have done better running as a Republican, Sorlie said, “I’m not a Republican, so I don’t know.”

Sorlie said he was unsure whether he would try again in the future, partly because of the party hurdle.

“I’m not a Republican, and Independent candidates have a hard time winning,” he said. “So I guess we’ll have to see. Four years is a long time. We’ll have to see what happens.”

Sorlie said he called Bieber to congratulate him Tuesday night but wasn’t able to get through.

“So, congratulations to Adam and good luck to him,” Sorlie said.

Bieber defeated former chief deputy John Gutho to clinch the Republican nomination in the Aug. 14 primary race by a vote of 3,672 to 2,469.

Bieber was a Shawano police officer starting in 2003 until he challenged and defeated former sheriff Randy Wright in the 2014 election.

Sorlie began his law enforcement career in November 1991 as an inspector, then trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

He started with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department in August 1995 as a patrol deputy and was promoted to detective in July 2000.