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Daniel Riemer Ousts Longtime Rep. Peggy Krusick

Riemer, a 25-year-old Milwaukee man and UW law student, defeated Krusick in a Democratic primary for the 7th District Assembly seat Tuesday.

Constituents of the newly drawn 7th Assembly District decided the fresh face was the way to go Tuesday.

Daniel Riemer, a 25-year-old from Milwaukee, scored a convincing victory Tuesday in the Democratic primary over longtime state representative Peggy Krusick.

The Associated Press called the race for Riemer at approximately 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. At that time, he had 70 percent of the votes, more than enough to knock incumbent Krusick out of the race.

When 100 percent of the precincts had been reported, Riemer won with 68 percent (1,791) to Krusick's 32 percent (828). In Greenfield, Riemer outgained Krusick, 178-149.

Krusick has been a representative since 1983.

, Riemer graduated from Rufus King High School and the University of Chicago before enrolling in law school at the University of Wisconsin.

The 7th District includes areas of Greenfield, West Allis, West Milwaukee and Milwaukee. Only roughly a third of the constituents that Krusick represented over the last decade had an opportunity to vote for her again this time around.

Krusick was often criticized by fellow Democrats . This was the third straight voting cycle she had a contested primary.

Riemer might face Milwaukee Republican Tiffany Koehler in the general election in November. Koehler, a registered write-in candidate, needed a certain number of write-in votes Tuesday to be added to the November ballot. It was unknown Tuesday evening if Koehler received those votes.

KM August 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Disappointed.
lolo peeg August 15, 2012 at 01:10 PM
This is sad. Peggy was an indepoendent thinker and voted her district. She was done in by leftists Mike Tate and Zelinski because she wasn't leftist enough for them..
DAC August 15, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Mike Tate and Zelinski? That's 2 votes. I think he managed to squeeze out a few more than that.
KM August 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Had we been allowed to vote accross party lines there may have been a better outcome. I met Peggy a couple of times while she went door to door talking with our neighbors. Never met Reimer or heard of him. Do not see any real world experience on his resume.
Ben Hogan August 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Great! Here we go another lifelong Politician's career has begun WITH ABSOLUTELY NO REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE!!!!!
Mary H. August 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Write-In Republican ran...
David Cotey August 17, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Mary, in the four Greenfield wards that are part of the 7th District, Tiffany Koehler, a write-in candidate, got five votes. Unofficially, she got 66 votes in seven West Allis wards and 148 votes in Milwaukee (not sure how many wards). Also not sure how she did in West Milwaukee.
robert heule August 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The old 7th has a lot of Sykes/Belling listeners. Peggy listened to Charley and Mark through those misled voters, as does Supervisor Mark Borkowski and the Alderman from the southwest side of the City of Milwaukee. The demographics of the new 7th have not changed that much despite redistricting. The 29 years of service was also a factor in her defeat, and Riemer worked twice as hard. Another factor was that right leaning independents who normally vote for Peggy in primaries, voted in the Republican primary because of the U.S. Senate race. The end result was that there were not enough voters left who normally support her.
robert heule August 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
KM, I know how confusing and disappointing the primary system is in Wisconsin. Many states, have what is known as a "closed primary" in which voters must register as a Democrat or a Republican. I don't believe Wisconsin citizens would support or tolerate such a system and legislators who voted for it would soon see their tenure come to a halt. The "open primary" is designed to keep voters from nominating the weakest candidate on the other party's ticket.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
He has none, He's wet behind the ears.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
The far-left leadership of the Democrat party (the two I mentioned) wanted Peggy out because she was a little too centrist and independent for their taste. They targeted her last time and this time. I think she did vote her district I will now vote for any credible Republican this time.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Hey Bob, your neighbors also listen to Sykes and James T. Face it, the days when your leftist media controlled the dialogue are over in this community.
lolo peeg August 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Our system sucks as well. People should be allowed to move back and forth between parties with ease. I wanted to vote in the Republican senatorial primary and I wanted to help Peggy, but I could not do both. So I voted for Peggy as a write-in on the Republican side.
robert heule August 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
lolo peeg, If I would have been able to "cross over" and vote in both primaries, I would have voted for Mark Neumann. Tammy Baldwin would have been able to beat him soundly. He is Tea Party all the way and that won't in 2012.

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