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Dalton and Beaulieu advance to April election for District 9

Metro Wire Staff

Two familiar faces advance in the city’s 9th District for the April city council race.

Incumbent Polly Dalton came out on top with 123 votes. Runner-up Brian Beaulieu earned 79 votes. Duane Munz garnered 25 votes.

Dalton and Beaulieu will face off on April 6.

Dalton is a first-term council member, the survivor of a three-way race in the 9th District in 2019. Beaulieu also ran in that race but lost the primary election to former Councilwoman Mary McComb by one vote. He later ran as a write-in candidate but finished third.

In the seven-way state superintendent race, Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly will move on to the April election, which will determine who will become the state’s new top education official.

Statewide, Underly brought in 88,703 votes, followed by Kerr’s 88,045. In Portage Co., Underly won 1,1314 votes to Kerr’s 859.

Underly ran with the support of the state’s largest teachers union, Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). Kerr had strong backing by Republicans but calls herself a Democrat and supports the private school voucher program.