Chuck Wichgers will advance to the November general election as the GOP candidate for State Assembly District 83.
Wichgers, of Muskego, was one of four candidates vying for the position in partisan primary held on Aug. 9. Unofficial vote tallies showed Wichgers secured roughly 49 percent of the approximately 8,797 ballots cast and won the race by about a 15-point margin.
The second highest vote-getter was Steve Whittow, who compiled 34 percent of the votes, according to preliminary results. The other candidates were Karen Schuh of Mukwonago and Jordan Karweik of Waterford.
The district encompasses portions of Waukesha, Muskego, Vernon, Hales Corners, Franklin, East Troy and Waterford.
The seat was going to occupied by a new face regardless of the outcome of the Aug. 9 primary because incumbent David Craig (R-Vernon), who was first elected to the seat in 2011, chose not to run this year, and none of the candidates had prior experience in the Assembly.
Wichgers, who describes himself as a "moral conservative," previously served as an alderman in Muskego and on the Waukesha County Board.
He said in a recent interview with MyCommunityNow that "continuing to decrease property taxes and working with Gov. Scott Walker to implement a long-term plan for maintaining and funding our roads and bridges" was the biggest issue facing District 83.
Chuck Wichgers: 4,074
Steve Whittow: 2,812
Karen Schuh: 913
Jordan Karweik: 576