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It's still 'Sheriff Nancy'

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Nancy Hove handily defeated challenger Tom Gunderson to win a second term as Pierce County sheriff.

A latecomer to the race - Oake Gregory, Plum City, a write-in candidate with no experience in law enforcement - finished well behind Hove and Gunderson.

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When the last results were reported early Wednesday morning, Hove had 6,456 votes to Gunderson's 4,700. Gregory had 144.

Gunderson, who ran as an independent, had challenged his boss, Hove, a Democrat, for a four-year term as sheriff. Gunderson is currently a patrol sergeant and a 25-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department.

Hove, a former DARE officer, has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years.

Also at the county level, Pierce voters indicated they want the Wisconsin Constitution amended to allow no further raids the state's transportation fund.

The county vote on that non-binding referendum was 7,162 "yes" and 3,419 "no."

The question was "Should the Wisconsin Constitution be amended to prohibit any further transfers or lapses from the state's segregated transportation fund?"

Clerk of Court Peg Feuerhelm ran unopposed, grabbing 9,597 votes.

These are preliminary results as reported to the Pierce County clerk's office on election night. Final totals will be certified when the Board of Canvassers review the election returns Thursday.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
(715) 426-1049
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