Larry Nelson will continue his run as an elected official.
Nelson, the former Waukesha alderman and mayor, retained his seat on the Waukesha County Board after easily defeating challenger Daniel Manion on Tuesday, April 5, in the District 18 race.
Nelson garnered 2,208 of the votes, or 60.2 percent, compared to Manion's 1,425, or 38.9 percent.
The district includes primarily the southern and southwestern parts of the city of Waukesha, but also a small section in the central city.
Manion, 39, was looking to double up his duties as an elected official, given that he already serves as an alderman in Waukesha. He said he would have offered constituents a "conservative voice."
But Nelson, 61, said in an interview Tuesday night that people he talked with while campaigning over the last couple of months didn't like that his opponent made the race "partisan."
While Nelson is a known Democrat, he said as a supervisor he collaborates with people on all sides of the aisle.
"I work with people from both parties, and people objected to (Manion) making the race political," Nelson said. "People get enough of that at the state and national level. County government is nonpartisan."
Nelson said another reason he feels he won by such a comfortable margin is because of his experience and leadership and his connection with the people in his district.
Before serving as county supervisor the last four years, Nelson was the mayor of Waukesha from 2006-10 and an alderman from 2000-06.
"People looked at my record over the last four years as a supervisor and my accomplishments from when I was mayor," said Nelson, a retired language arts teacher at Butler Middle School in Waukesha.
Nelson said as vice chairman of the county's finance committee, he voted for budgets that have kept Waukesha with "the lowest property tax rate among counties without a sales tax in Wisconsin."
As a supervisor, he has voted for the shared Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center, which is expected to save taxpayers $7 million over five years.
Nelson also voted for the single-stream Joint Recycling Facility partnership with the city of Milwaukee.
Larry Nelson (inc.) 2,208
Daniel Manion 1,425