Election Night

State Rep. Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, speaks with supporters during an election night party in Reedsburg Tuesday.

Rep. Ed Brooks will serve a fifth term in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Brooks was declared the winner in the 50th Assembly District race against challenger Art Shrader on Nov. 8. Brooks, a Republican, and Shrader, a Democrat, both are from Reedsburg.

Brooks received 58 percent of the votes to Shrader’s 41.9 percent. The Associated Press called the contest in Brooks’ favor just after midnight Nov. 9 when more than 88 percent of the precincts had been counted.

As of 12:09 a.m. Brooks had 10,920 votes Shrader had 7,886 votes, according to the Associated Press.

Brooks said he’s grateful to district residents for their vote of confidence. He takes pride in representing the region, which includes a wide range of industries varying from farming to contracting to health care.

“I truly believe it is the best district,” he said.

Brooks added that he will strive to represent everyone, not just Republicans.

He’s also “relieved” and “pleased” the election is over. It was a hard-fought campaign and both he and Shrader did a lot of outreach.

When reached by the Times-Press, a spokesperson for the art Shrader campaign offered no comment regarding the outcome of the election at that time.

The 50th Assembly District encompasses all of Juneau County and segments of Sauk, Monroe, Vernon and Richland counties. Brooks won four of the district’s five counties.

Brooks and his supporters had gathered at the VFW in Reedsburg to watch the election results. Shrader’s team did likewise at the Corner Pub in downtown Reedsburg.


County Brooks (R) Shrader (D)

Juneau 7,170 4,353

Sauk 5,126 4,122

Richland 2,017 2,033

Monroe 472 243

Vernon 109 75

TOTAL 14,894 10,826


Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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