Sgt. David Zoerner easily won the Republican primary Tuesday night for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s race. In the four-way race, Zoerner beat the next highest vote-getter, Ray Rowe by 18%, or 3,400 votes. Ray Rowe, a democrat ran as a republican in a strategic move. He was hand-picked by democratic Sheriff David G. Beth. With the overwhelming victory, conservative voters see this as a rebuke of the current Sheriff and his handling of the Kenosha Riots of 2020. Rowe and Zoerner were very different candidates. Zoerner ran as a conservative “law and order” candidate and criticized Sheriff Beth’s leadership. Rowe ran a “nice guy” campaign with virtually no law enforcement background, teaching D.A.R.E. for decades. Rowe lauded Beth’s handling of the riots and made his anti-second amendment stance clear. Rowe didn’t respond to KCE’s request for comment but wished Sgt. Zoerner and Democrat James Simmons luck in the general election on Facebook.
Sgt. Zoerner celebrated his victory with friends and family at Kenosha Brewing Company, 4017 80th St. There were no shortage of smiles and hugs as Zoerner took a quick and commanding lead which he kept for the entire night. As soon as the race was official, the room erupted in celebration. “This is not my win” said Zoerner, “This is our win!” Zoerner thanked his family, friends, and co-workers who were present.
Zoerner will face Democrat James Simmons in the general election in November.