MARINETTE — Marinette’s own John Nygren (R-Marinette) retained his seat Tuesday in the 89th District against Democrat challenger Ken Holdorf by a wide margin with 67 percent of the vote.

“Obviously, I’m always humbled to serve and represent the people of the area,” Nygren said.

Nygren said he had a “tough task” ahead of him, but he hoped to build on the success of the last eight years. 

“Bottom line, when all is said and done, the decisions that I make impact the people of this area,” he said. 

Nygren also congratulated Holdorf on his race, and said that while they might not have agreed on the issues, he respected his campaign and what he stood for. 

“I hope we can keep that dialogue open,” Nygren said. 

Nygren, who was initially elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006, has served in the legislature for almost 12 years. Currently, Nygren serves on the Wisconsin Committee on Audit; the Committee on Employment Relations; the Committee on Finance as the chair; the Joint Committee on Employment Relations; the Joint Committee on Finance as the Assembly Co-Chair; the Joint Legislative Audit Committee; the Joint Legislative Council; and the Legislative Council Study Committee on Direct Primary Care as the vice-chair.

Other winners in the area include Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), the incumbent for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin’s 8th District. Republican Gallagher defeated his Democrat challenger Beau Liegeois by a wide margin as well, with 66 percent of the vote. The U.S. Marine veteran took the place of Reid Ribble in the House of Representatives in 2016 and will be entering his second term. 

Other races won in Marinette County included the race for the Wisconsin State Assembly 36th District, where Rep. Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz) defeated challenger Tim Comer with approximately 69 percent of the vote, and Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve (Republican) defeated write-in challenger Fred Popp for a second time, with approximately 89 percent of the vote. Marinette County Clerk of Courts Sheila Dudka defeated write-in candidate Carrie Brazeau for a second time as well, with Dudka receiving approximately 86 percent of the vote. 

Marinette County (with 24 of 28 precincts reporting) voted overwhelmingly for Republican candidates this year, including 7,275 votes for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch over 3,628 votes for Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes; 7,098 votes for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel over 3,610 votes for Josh Kaul; 6,491 votes for Leah Vukmir over 4,473 votes for Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.); and 7,966 votes for Gallagher over 3,007 for Liegeois.