- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The close contest between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke has captured the bulk of attention this election season, but Wisconsin voters will fill three other statewide offices, choose their congressional representatives and decide how to handle the state transportation fund on Tuesday. Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot:



Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ have engaged in an increasingly intense and bitter campaign as they vie to replace outgoing Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

With two prosecutors in the running - Schimel is the Waukesha County district attorney, and Happ holds the same post in Jefferson County - ads have focused on tit-for-tat allegations of being soft on crime.

Schimel and his allies publicized plea deals brokered by Happ’s office, including one with a child molestation suspect who bought Happ’s house. Happ’s office charged Daniel Reynolds a year after the sale was completed and gave him a deferred prosecution deal that allowed him to avoid a conviction if he submitted to monitoring and evaluations.

Happ has insisted an assistant district attorney handled the case and she had nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, a third-party group supported by Democrats and a labor union ran an ad claiming Schimel mishandled crimes against children by cutting plea deals in six cases. Schimel has called the ad misleading.

“Our records are fair game, only if they are fairly represented. As you can see, they are not,” he said in a statement reacting to the ad.

Happ has worked to curry favor with female voters by saying she would not defend a GOP law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Schimel characterized her as a liberal activist after she said she also wouldn’t defend Wisconsin’s photo voter ID law. Happ punched back by calling Schimel a robot who would blindly defend any law Republicans pass, regardless of its constitutionality.



Voters also will choose a state treasurer and secretary of state, two largely powerless offices in which the key issue this campaign has been whether they should even exist.

Republican Matt Adamczyk has promised to work to eliminate the treasurer’s office if elected to it. Adamczyk says it makes no sense to pay an officeholder $68,000 to fulfill one task - serving on the board of commissioners of public lands, which makes loans to schools and municipalities. His opponent, Democrat David Sartori, has promised to work to regain the office’s previous responsibilities, including disposing of unclaimed property.

Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette faces a challenge from Republican Julian Bradley, a telecommunications manager who says the office needs new energy after being occupied by La Follette for most of the past four decades.



Wisconsin will send at least one new face to Congress, with an open seat in the U.S. House district where Republican Tom Petri announced his retirement this year. Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman and Democratic Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris are vying for the post in the Republican-leaning district that extends from Lake Michigan west to Columbia, Marquette and Waushara counties.



Wisconsin has one statewide ballot question this year, asking voters whether the state constitution should be amended to keep the state transportation fund from being siphoned for other purposes. Lawmakers proposed the amendment after the Legislature transferred $1.4 billion from the state transportation fund between 2003 and 2011 to pay for schools and other expenses. The amendment would ensure that money collected from driver’s license, vehicle plate and other fees is used for road maintenance and construction.

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