BELOIT - Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, won his third term after defeating Libertarian candidate Reese Wood in the race for the 45th Assembly District. There was no Republican candidate.
Spreitzer was celebrating his victory and watching the results of the other Assembly races at Suds O'Hanahan's Irish Pub on Tuesday night.
Spreitzer received 11,322 votes, or 79 percent of the vote, while Wood received 2,678 votes, or 19 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results.
"I'm certainly excited. It's always great to see what the voters had to say, and I'm gratified so many people decided to vote to reelect me and get to work for another term," he said.
Spreitzer said his priorities will be affordable access to health care, school funding, fixing the roads and getting an economy working for ordinary people.
Spreitzer said he appreciated his opponent deciding to run and giving voters a choice. The two participated in a number of forums and debates.
"I enjoyed that because sometimes in the past there hasn't been those opportunities to debate and give voters a real choice in the election," Spreitzer said.
Spreitzer noted the issue of cannabis came up a lot due to Wood. After hearing the advisory referendum passed, Spreitzer said he would be taking a close look at those results and seeing what may or may not come up in the legislature.
Wood ran on a platform of promoting civic engagement. He was also a strong supporting of the legalization of cannabis in Wisconsin, by allowing municipalities to have their own referendums to decide whether to allow it. He said the legalization of cannabis would result in less people being incarcerated, and it could have become an economic engine for the area with money which could go directly to local governments for education, infrastructure and healthcare.
Wood was at home with his family Tuesday evening. He said he thought he did pretty well considering he only spent $600 on his campaign.
Wood is still is a Treasurer of the Rock County libertarian party, will continue to podcast. Have local elections coming up and he may consider running for Beloit City Council.