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Sensenbrenner wins 18th term in 5th District

Nov. 7, 2012

In 17 consecutive elections for the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) have never received less than 60 percent of the vote, and this year is no exception.

Sensenbrenner, one of the most senior members of the House of Representatives, was elected to a 18th term by defeating his challenger, Democrat Dave Heaster, a Menomonee Falls Internet technologist, by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin, 249,267 to 117, 972 votes, in one of the safest Republican congressional districts in the state.

Heaster did not raise funds or conduct an aggressive campaign, according to The Associated Press and NBC News.

However, he told Lake Country Publications in October that he thought one of the reasons Congress has such a low approval rating with voters is because of "partisan brinkmanship, infighting and greed" and suggested more social events that allow members of Congress to get to know each other better.

"Conduct a weekly happy hour where members of Congress could get to know one another outside of the politically charged house floor," he suggested.

Sensenbrenner has been critical of President Barack Obama and argued during the campaign that stabilizing the Middle East, creating more jobs, reducing the national debt and eliminating "Obamacare" should be top priorities.

All of Wisconsin's incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Dousman FD Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Oct. 11, Dousman Fire Department, 107 S. Main, Dousman. Also includes Flight for Life at 9 a.m.; room fire demonstration (live fire) at 10 a.m.; car extrication demonstration at 11 a.m.  plus balloon creations (8-10 a.m.),  bounce house.  Waukesha County Communications (9-1-1), Waukesha County Sheriff K-9, Waukesha County Mobile Command Unit, ATF vehicle.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: 7 a.m. -12 p.m. Oct. 10, Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department, 212 Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Free will donations appreciated. Also includes fire trucks and displays, raffles, kids activities. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new emergency equipment.

Move Your Mutt for HAWS: 7 a.m. Oct. 10, Genesee Lake Road Town Park, Genesee Lake Road, Oconomowoc. Choose the 5K and bring your pet or run the 10K without your dog. There is also a one-mile walk. Raise $100 in pledges and race for free. Food and beverages available as well as vendor booths and adoptable pets from HAWS. $25 one-mile walk, $45 for 5K, 10K.


Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. Oct. 10, Lapham Peak State Park, W 329 N 846, Delafield. Please meet at the observation tower. Look for yellow ’Ice Age Trail Event’ signs. Tyke hikes are 60- to 90-minute slow-paced hikes promoting nature and family hiking in an outdoor educational setting. 


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