GRANT COUNTY - This fall, Grant County will have a woman on the bench for the first time.
The question to be answered in the April election is who.
Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker and former Jefferson County Judge Jennifer Day will be squaring off against one another in April, as they were the top two vote getters in the Circuit Court Judge race to replace retiring Judge Robert VanDeHey.
With Board of Canvass yet to be held, the vote total is unofficial, but those results show Riniker as the top vote getter in the primary, with 2,671 votes.
Day was close behind with 2,407 votes. Attorney Jeff Erickson was knocked out in the primary with 1,268. There were 16 scattering votes.
The Grant County judge race will surely ride the wave of the much contested Wisconsin Supreme Court race. In that contest, Janet Protasiewicz won Grant County, just as she did the state, but with a much tighter margin than the statewide numbers, collecting 2,995 votes.
Statewide, she received 46 percent of the primary vote.Former Justice Dan Kelly, who had been appointed by then-Gov. Scott Walker but lost a general election to remain on the top court, will be taking a second chance to rejoin the court. In Grant County, he was the second highest vote getter, just like statewide, with 1,949.