Voters came out to cast their ballots in the city of Ripon and Green Lake Tuesday for the spring election. 

Ripon voters preferred Jill Underly in the race for Wisconsin School Superintendent. She ran against Deb Kerr. Underly took 61% of the vote among Ripon voters.

Kerr, meanwhile, narrowly won Green Lake County with 1,386 votes to Underly's 1,379.

The Associated Press called the statewide superintendent race for Underly around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. With all precincts in Wisconsin reporting, Underly received 58% of the vote (526,286), while Kerr received 42% of the vote (386,392), according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

In the race for Wisconsin Court of Appeals District 2 judge, which pit Jeffrey Davis against Shelly Grogan, voters in the city of Ripon preferred Davis to Grogan.

Green Lake County, meanwhile, went for Gorgan, who collected 1,500 votes to Davis' 1,238. Grogan won the overall vote 55.9% (149,104 votes) to 44.1% (117,740).

For the race for Fond du Lac County Executive between between incumbent Allen Buechel and challenger Rick Gedemer, Ripon voters preferred Buechel, who took 63.2% of the vote. Buechel won the overall race 69.9% (11,791) to 30.1% (5,069).

In the race for Fond du Lac County Branch 3 Circuit Court Judge, Ripon voters preferred Laura Lavey over Andrew Christenson. Christenson won the overall race as he garned 51.5% (9,142) of the votes to 48.5% (8,625) for Lavey.

In the race for Ripon Area School Board, there are three candidates for three open seats. The candidates were Andy Lyke, Nicole Dash and Mellisa Wipijewski. According to unofficial results posted to the Ripon Area School District's Facebook page, Lyke received 969 votes, Dash had 927 and Wipijewski had 915.

In the town of Ripon, incumbents Wes Downs and Gary Page retained their seats as supervisors, defeating challengers Seth Muskavitch and Sue Kalupa.

Downs and Page garnered 134 and 117 votes, respectively, while Muskavitch collected 68 votes and Kalupa rounded out the field with 62. Town Board Chairperson Barry VandeBrink ran for re-election unopposed as received 186 of the 189 votes that were cast.

In the city of Green Lake, Ald. James Jahnke ran unopposed for re-election to his District 1 Alderman seat. He was re-elected with 45 votes against seven write-in votes.

Meanwhile, in the race for the District 2 Alderman seat, former Green Lake Mayor Jon McConnell faced off against newcomer Star Lietz, who ran as a registered write-in. McConnell defeated Lietz, collecting 47 votes to Lietz's 38 votes.

For Green Lake School Board, there were two candidates for two open seats. Incumbent Sarah Allen ran for re-election, while former Ripon Commonwealth publisher Tim Lyke ran as a registered write-in candidate. 

Allen collected 466 votes and Lyke received 102 votes. "Sarah and Tim are our school board members," Green Lake School Administrative Assistant Donna Waterworth said in an email.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


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