Miller wins sheriff primary in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Dan Miller, an Aurora resident and detective with the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Florence County sheriff over current Florence Chief Deputy David Gribble.

Since no Democrats filed for the seat, Miller will be unopposed in the November general election.

Unofficial vote totals from the Florence County Clerk’s Office show Miller had 881 votes to Gribble’s 444.

Miller won a majority in each municipality: 326 to 224 in the town of Florence, 208 to 74 in the town of Aurora, 93 to 44 in the town of Homestead, 78 to 36 in the town of Commonwealth, 51 to 17 in the town of Fern, 46 to 6 in the town of Tipler, 42 to 23 in the town of Fence, and 37 to 20 in the town of Long Lake.

Current sheriff, Jeff Rickaby, did not seek re-election, instead running unopposed for the county coroner position.

Over in Marinette County, incumbent sheriff Jerry Sauve retained his seat with 2,872 votes to fellow Republican Fred Popp’s 2,668 votes. As in Florence County, no Democrats filed, so Sauve is unopposed in the November general election.

In the Republican primary for Marinette County’s Clerk of Circuit Court seat, Carrie Brazeau won with 2,622 votes to unseat incumbent Sheila Dudka, who had 2,491 votes.