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Portage County could have third sheriff elected as write-in candidate

STEVENS POINT, WI (WTAQ) - If you don't think write-in campaigns work, think again.

Two sheriffs in Stevens Point have been elected as write-ins since 1996 -- and a third candidate is thinking about going the same route.

Kevin Sorenson finished second on Tuesday in a four-way Democratic primary for Portage County sheriff. The winner of the primary, Mike Lucas, will be the only name on the ballot in November since there is no Republican candidate. Sorenson lost by 230 votes.

He says he'll wait until the ballots are canvassed next week before deciding if he'll wage a write-in bid in the fall.

Sheriff John Charewitz is stepping down this year, after he was first elected as a write-in candidate in 2002. Stan Potocki did the same in '96.

In both cases, no Republicans ran in what's considered a heavily Democratic county.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)