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Schachtner wins 10th Senate District seat

Democrat defeats Republican, Libertarian in special election bid to succeed former GOP Sen. Harsdorf to 10th District office

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    Election official Gary Cowles, left, walks Stephen Collie through the electronic voting system on Tuesday at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 403 Technology Drive, Menomonie. Collie was voting in the 10th Senate District special election.

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Voters selected Democratic candidate Patty Schachtner to fill the recently vacated 10th Senate District seat, which opened after Gov. Scott Walker appointed longtime Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, as secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Unofficial vote tallies from Tuesday night cast Schachtner as the winner with 12,241 votes, compared with 9,907 for Adam Jarchow and 273 for Brian Corriea. Parts of Dunn, Pierce, St. Croix, Polk and Burnett counties make up the 10th District, which Harsdorf had represented since 2001.

Republican candidate Jarchow tweeted his concession late Tuesday evening

Schachtner, 57, is St. Croix County’s medical examiner and a Somerset school board member. In her campaign, she pushed access to mental health care and treatment for addiction, saying both issues cost the state a lot of money and harm the quality of life for many residents.

Jarchow, 39, has represented the 28th Assembly District for three years. Libertarian candidate Corriea is an insurance adjuster and a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran.

Two other open legislative seats, both in southeastern Wisconsin, were also filled Tuesday. Democrat Greta Neubauer ran unopposed to replace retiring Democrat Cory Mason in the 66th Assembly District. And Republican Rick Gundrum easily beat Democrat Dennis Degenhardt in the solidly conservative 58th Assembly District.

Gundrum replaces Bob Gannon, who died in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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