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No election challenger for Waukesha County executive

Jan. 04, 2011
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By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 04, 2011 0

Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, first elected in a 2005 special election, faces no opposition on the spring ballot for his second four-year term.

The county executive and three judgeships are the only countywide offices up for election April 5. The deadline for filing nomination papers for those and local city, village, town and school elections was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Among the Waukesha County judicial elections, only one has a contest.

Kathleen Stilling of Brookfield, a former private practice attorney and public defender who was appointed last July by Gov. Jim Doyle to a Branch 4 vacancy, faces a challenge in her first election bid from Lloyd Carter, an assistant district attorney.

Running without opposition are Ralph Ramirez and William Domina.

Ramirez, a one-time assistant district attorney, is seeking his third six-year term in Branch 3. Domina, a former Waukesha School Board member who was appointed to a Branch 11 vacancy by Doyle a year ago after serving as Milwaukee County corporation counsel to now-Gov. Scott Walker, is also seeking a six-year term.

About Laurel Walker
Laurel Walker covered local, school and county government for 20 years -- the last half of that at the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -- before she was named Waukesha County columnist in 1997. Today she writes about the people, places and events around metropolitan Milwaukee with a broad suburban focus. She was the youngest of nine children raised on a central Wisconsin farm before leaving the nest for journalism studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a masters degree at the University of Oregon. She has spent the last half of her life in Waukesha County, where she and her husband raised two sons. Though she has a fondness for life in Waukesha, she eagerly partakes in the culture of the big city to the east and the recreation of the forests to the west. With sons in the arts, she has a special fondness for symphonic music concerts and art museums. She finds peace in a good book at a Northwoods getaway weekend, adventure in family visits to the east and west coasts, and satisfaction in a column well-written that reaches readers.
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