Bogdala v Spottswood for Kenosha Mayor in April Election

Feb. 20, 2024 9p; Updated at 9:30p 

(WGTD)---The two most experienced candidates for Kenosha mayor in Tuesday's nine-way primary election will face off against each other in the April general election.

Ald. Dave Bogdala captured about 39% of the vote. Lydia Spottswood, a former city council member who stayed active on various boards and commissions, finished in second place with 31%.

Finishing third and out of the running with about 9% of the vote was Ald. Kelly MacKay.

The rest of the field--in order of finish--were Koerri Elijah, Gregory Bennett, jr., Tony Garcia, Mary Morgan, Andreas Meyer and Elizabeth Garcia.

In the race to replace the retired Kenosha Judge Bruce Schroeder, Frank Gagliardi and Heather Iverson will be on the April ballot. Bill Michel was eliminated. Gagliardi, who was appointed by Gov. Evers last year to fill the position through July, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary with 46% followed by Iverson with 38%.

There was one Kenosha City Council primary. Incumbent Jan Michalski finished first by a wide margin and will face Tanya McLean in the general election. 

There were a pair of four-way Racine City Council primaries. In the 2nd district, the results have incumbent Mollie Jones facing Tyler Townsend in April. In the 4th, David Mack will go up against Jacqueline Schrader. 

Tuesday was not a good day for three school districts in the WGTD listening area that had referendum questions on the ballot.

All of the proposals lost.

Wilmot Union High School came the closest with a 236-vote losing margin. The district was seeking approval of an operational referendum that would've allowed it to hire back some staff that was laid off after the failure of another referendum last year. 

Voters in both the Burlington Area School District and the Waterford Union High School District were not in a spending mood either. An operational referendum failed in Burlington while a pair of building proposals in Waterford went down to defeat.

In Walworth County in the Town of Richmond, two incumbents, Steven Wade and Tom Kraus, survived primaries and will face challengers in April.