Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Nicked a lot

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus will be facing Kathleen Karalewitz in the Republican Primary.

Kathleen Karalewitz, who unsuccessfully ran against Nickolaus for Waukesha County clerk in the 2002 Republican primary, announced Wednesday that she will try to unseat Nickolaus in the fall 2012 election.

Nickolaus, the focus of intense criticism and state elections board investigation for her mishandling of the April Supreme Court unofficial election returns in Waukesha County, has said she intends to seek re-election.

Karalewitz was deputy county clerk under former Waukesha County Clerk Patricia E. Madden, who preceded Nickolaus. Madden is Karalewitz’ campaign treasurer. Karalewitz said she has 30 years of experience in county and municipal government, including as deputy county clerk, director of clerk services for Menomonee Falls, deputy treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago and currently as administrator and clerk-treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago.

Karalewitz said she will file registration papers Thursday.

When Karalewitz and Nickolaus squared off for the open seat in 2002, Nickolaus won with 62% of the vote.

Yeah, well, it’s not like anyone in Madison is looking for a place to tuck Nickolaus away this time, and the voters now have the benefit of experience.

Not sure if Karalewitz was the person Waukesha Republican Party spokesman Keith Best had in mind when he said there would be a primary challenge to Nickolaus.

The Democrats are running Jessie Reid Read, the bookkeeper and office manager for Peace Action Wisconsin.

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