Former Waukesha alderman Scott Allen holds edge in District 97 state race as of midnight

Published on: 8/12/2014

Update: Scott Allen wins the 97th Assembly District seat after city of Waukesha totals finally come in.

It was a six-person race to replace Rep. Bill Kramer, but it essentially turned into a two-person battle Tuesday night, Aug. 12.

In the end, the 97th Assembly District Republican primary focused on sales director Scott Allen and Humana consultant Brandon Rosner.

Allen clearly had the edge as of 11:55 p.m. Tuesday night. With 96 percent of the votes in, the former Waukesha alderman was leading Rosner, 1,756-1,405, as of midnight.

If he maintained his margin, Allen, 48, would appear on the general election ballot in November. But he essentially won the seat with no Democrats running for the position.

As of late Tuesday night, longtime city of Waukesha alderwoman and Waukesha County Board Supervisor Kathleen Cummings was third with 661 votes, GOP activist Vince Trovato was fourth with 511 votes, city of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry was fifth at 389 votes and former town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske was sixth at 257 votes.

Before the election, Allen, who called himself "a proven conservative," said many facets separated from his opponents.

The district covers the southern half of the city of Waukesha, the southwestern portion of the town of Waukesha, the southeastern portion of the town of Genesee and the northeastern portion of the town of Mukwonago.

Allen easily won the town of Mukwonago, while he edged Rosner in the town of Waukesha. Banske, who served as a town supervisor for four years before being voted out this spring, finished a distant third in this voting block.

Allen also won a majority of the city of Waukesha voting wards, which as of midnight, four hours after the polls closed, didn't have all of the voting totals reported.

Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha), who did not seek re-election, is facing sexual assault charges in Waukesha County.

He was charged earlier this spring with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female legislative staffer three years ago in Muskego after a Pints and Politics event hosted by the Republican Party of Waukesha County.