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Adam Neylon Wins 98th Assembly District Primary

Businessman defeats Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann by 30 votes in special legislative election.

Adam Neylon, a 28-year-old entrepreneur, narrowly won the special Republican primary election for the 98th Assembly District Tuesday — defeating Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann by just 30 votes.

Baumann, Todd Greenwald, Matt Morzy, Neylon and Jeanne Tarantino ran in a five-way Republican race to replace Paul Farrow, who was elected to the 33rd Senate District seat in December. With no Democrat challenger in the mix, Tuesday's primary election was essentially winner take all. Neylon will be unopposed in the April 2 special election.

Neylon, who celebrated Tuesday quietly surrounded by friends and family, said he hopes to usher in a new generation of GOP leaders in Wisconsin.

"I'm excited. We worked very hard on this campaign, and I'm looking forward to working for Wisconsin," Neylon said. "I think the Republican Party needs to do a better job reaching out to the younger generation, and I'm in a good position to start that." 

Baumann, who lost in a tight race, said he is unsure whether he would seek a recount of the results. He was happy with the way his staff ran his campaign. 

"First and foremost, congratulations to Adam. I'm extremely happy with the people I worked with on this campaign," Baumann said. "This was something we did at a grassroots level with a group of people who weren't politicians. I think we ran an ethical and stand-up campaign."

Here are the final, unofficial results:

98TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT RESULTS Candidate Total Votes Percent Adam Neylon 2,003 38.3% Ed Baumann  1,973 37.8% Jeanne Tarantino  773 14.8% Matt Morzy  253 4.8% Todd Greenwald  215 4.1% Results unofficial until canvassed 

Neylon is a 28-year-old local business owner, and he’s also logged more than five years working for U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and state Rep. Bill Kramer. Neylon said his hybrid background as a job creator with his window cleaning business, and his experiences in the Capitol separated him from the other four candidates. Neylon said he drafted two bills that became law in the last Assembly session.

Voters in Waukesha helped Neylon advance from the primary election, giving him more than 35 percent of the vote.

City of Waukesha
Baumann Neylon Tarantino Morzy Greenwald
Total Votes 555 642 437 129 64 Percent of Vote 30.34% 35.10% 23.89% 7.05% 3.50%
Keith Worst February 22, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Too many of the moocher class out there who lack the talent of owning their own business. These are not the ones we need with The Party.
Keith Best February 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM
@Steve Endlund---you lost me there. The Republican Party has respect for ALL workers...those that provide for themselves instead of depending on government. Almost all of the people I know in the Party are not business owners so I don't know where you are getting your information. I am not a business owner but I have worked for 35 years and continue to do so. Our Business Coalition Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and attract all kinds of people that work and want to know the direction of business in this state. You are welcome to attend if you can make it from 7am to 8:30am. BTW- then contact your state senator.
Yolanda Medina February 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Steve, as a fellow Christian, I ask you not to lump all of the other Republicans in Waukesha in with these other two men. There are those of us who would love to cross the aisle and move forward. I just want to leave you with this: "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." James 1:19-20. I thank you for your courage to stand up to bullying name-callers. As a fellow 98th district resident, I hope to work with you on improving our district for everyone. Blessings.
Yolanda Medina February 22, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Well now, Keith B., there's your problem - putting conditions on who you do and don't respect. None of us are immune to hard times and should I find out someone has been on long-time government assistance the Christian thing to do is offer MORE help. "I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’" Matthew 25:43-45
justwant2comment March 30, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Yolanda makes some good points here. Nothing will ever move forward and problems will never be solved if some people are only interested in bashing others - that gets all of us nowhere. And I for one hate the fact that we keep getting nowhere because only some will work together and the others keep trying to thwart the efforts of those trying to work together. How silly and immature! Also, not everyone can be a business OWNER. Believe it or not, some business owner's need people to work FOR them. If a business owner doesn't understand that perhaps they shouldn't be a business owner taking up space another potential business owner could fill and make money to spur the economy. Finally, I don't understand why we cannot separate helping those truly in need from those abusing the system - they are NOT one in the same. Please be mindful of, and think about, that esepcially during this blessed Easter season and help those truly in need!

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