Wisconsin County elects GOP executive for first time in decades: ‘People are concerned about crime’


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Kenosha, Wisconsin elected a Republican county executive for the first time in decades after a wave of Black Lives Matter riots hit the area in the summer of 2020.

“Public safety is a big concern. … Crime is something that people in our area are concerned about,” State Rep. Samantha Kerkman told “Fox & Friends First” on Friday, adding that inflation, the employment and education are the other big issues for voters.

BLM riot-ravaged KENOSHA COUNTY TURNS RED AFTER DECADES OF DEM LEADERSHIP

Protests outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in response to Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial.
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The count turns red for the first time decades after the city came to attention amid devastating riots and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Voters elected Samantha Kerkman on April 5 as county executive. The race was described as non-partisan, but Kerkman had Republican support and serves as a Republican state representative. His opponent, Rebecca Matoska-Mentink, is a Democrat and holds the position of clerk of the courts.

It is the first time a woman has held the position and the first time since at least 1998 that a Republican has been elected. The Associated Press reported that Kerkman is the first Republican to hold the officially nonpartisan position, although Fox News has not independently confirmed the report.

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Kerkman told host Carley Shimkus that she and her campaign staffers had knocked on more than 30,000 doors and seen people were “energized” for the upcoming midterms.

“We are healing from the last two years and the people are strong and we want to come together and work with all the different stakeholders, federal, state and local leaders and our business community to build Kenosha.”


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