Deppisch tops challenger in rare county coroner’s race

Incumbent garners 79% of vote; Walker favored in GOP gubernatorial primary
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KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County Coroner Tim Deppisch handily won re-election during Tuesday’s primary in the only locally contested election on the ballot.

Deppisch garnered 8,593 votes, or 79.4%, to challenger Sharon Dane’s 2,209 votes, or 20.4%.

The Republican primary was the defacto election since there is no Democratic challenger in the November general election.

It was the first time in 30 years there was a race for county coroner on the ballot.

Deppisch, 66, of Mequon, has been coroner since 2015 and previously served as the county’s chief deputy coroner for 25 years. The vote is a validation of what he’s done throughout his career, he said.

“I’m very happy. I’ve been there so many years, and I really wanted to continue,” Deppisch said. “Sharon did an admirable job in the campaign.”

Dane, 45, of Cedarburg, was a hospice nurse for 25 years and is now a registered nurse administrator for an assisted living facility. She said she ran for office to fulfill a promise to herself to counteract what she saw as a lack of compassion in the coroner’s office elsewhere.

The coroner will be paid $40,355 annually next year.

Local officials running unopposed in Tuesday’s election were Sheriff Jim Johnson, who received 10,960 votes, and Clerk of Circuit Courts Mary Lou Mueller, who received 10,341 votes.

Only 38% of county voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary election.

Just as they did across Wisconsin, Ozaukee County voters overwhelmingly supported Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election, casting 12,350 votes, or 96%, for him over opponent Robert Meyer in the Republican  primary.

Democrats in the county also followed the statewide trend, supporting State Supt. of Schools Tony Evers to challenge Walker this fall.

Evers won the 10-candidate field with 3,598 votes, or 44%, of the county vote, with the rest of the candidates lagging far behind. His closest challenger locally was Kelda Roys with 1,331 votes, or 16.2%, and Mahlon Mitchell with 1,108 votes, or 13.5%.

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