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Dalbec beats challenger in Douglas County sheriff primary

Tom Dalbec

Wisconsin residents voted Tuesday to select incumbent Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec as his party’s representative to face off against Republican Daniel Bethards for the county’s chief law enforcement officer post.

With 2,029 votes, Dalbec beat out fellow Democrat Mark Liebaert, who had 1,712 votes. Bethards had 550 votes.

Throughout the campaign, Dalbec, who has 12 years of experience on the job, has cited his experience as qualifying him for the position.

“I feel without question that I am the most qualified, most experienced, most knowledgeable candidate for the position and that I have not given the constituents any reason to not vote me back into office,” Dalbec said in an interview with the Superior Telegram.

The most important role of the sheriff, Dalbec said, is to provide the level of safety and security to the public that they want and expect. While it has to be done in a cost-efficient manner, it also has to be done in a professional manner by providing highly qualified, highly trained, greatly equipped personnel to do the job as best they can.

Dalbec cited a number of changes made under his watch. The department has upgraded to new radios and a new countywide communications system, and launched a Facebook page and website.

Dalbec said he has also made personnel changes to hold people accountable. The department has partnered with the Superior Police Department on a joint drug task force, and another narcotics investigator has been added.

His experience and proven leadership are what sets him apart, Dalbec said.

The general election will be

Nov. 4.

Douglas County voters also decided who would next serve as the clerk of courts. Michele Wick, an

11-year employee of the office with oversight for court functions, carried nearly 78 percent of the vote over her Democratic challenger, David Leckel. Wick runs unopposed in the Nov. 4 election.

The Superior Telegram contributed to this report.