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Four votes difference in Assembly race

Gibbs receives Republican nod over August, recount likely

September 15, 2010 | 09:09 AM
"Four votes, four votes," Adam Gibbs yelled just seconds after finding out he won Tuesday's Republican primary election for the 32nd District Assembly.

Gibbs defeated Tyler August 1,761-1,757 in the six-person race in which they were the two youngest candidates.

"I am absolutely elated," Gibbs said. "That is absolutely incredible. We worked so hard in the last day. Our whole campaign was just push and push and push."

Gibbs said he believes the difference was the effort put forth and the relationships he forged.

"Really, in a six-man primary, it comes down to who works the hardest," he said. "I feel really confident in the work I put forward."

When August saw the final numbers come in late Tuesday night, he sounded a bit down, but said he wasn't disappointed.

"I felt that it would be extremely close, but I didn't play this out in my head," he said about the four vote difference.

However, he said he likely will ask for a recount as soon as possible.

In Walworth County, Gibbs garnered 1,703 votes, followed by August with 1,690, Mel Nieuwenhuis 1,614, Dan Necci, 1204, Tom Stelling 425 and John Finley 335.

Gibbs, 24, worked with Rep. Steve Nass in the state assembly. Gibbs is the son of former Walworth County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gibbs. He said, if elected, he would try to institute tax policies to attract businesses to Wisconsin as well as being a good steward of taxpayers' money.

August, 27, currently works for 32nd District Rep. Tom Lothian, who decided recently to not seek re-election. August has been Lothian's chief of staff for six years. In his campaign brochures, he vowed if elected to never vote for a tax increase and that he would resign immediately if he did.

Nieuwenhuis, 49, is a garbage hauler with Nieuwenhuis Disposal and also is the mayor of the city of Delavan. His focus in the campaign was on jobs, economy and taxes.

Necci, 31, is a Delavan attorney who had a three-part plan focusing on getting the state out of debt, getting government out of the way of business and getting friends and neighbors out of work.

Stelling 59, is a Lake Geneva architect and business owner who said he wanted to run for office because he could bring life experience and knowledge of the area to the state assembly. He said the keys are to balance the budget without raising taxes or raiding funds.

Finley, 58, is a former Delavan alderman who ran with a focus on bringing technical new jobs to the area, old-fashioned values and new ideas to the state assembly.

Now, the winner of Tuesday's primary will face Democrat Doug Harrod and independents Rick Pappas and Daniel Kilkenny in the November general election.

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