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Racine Mayor John Dickert led in the primary while Melvin Hargrove trailed in second place most of the night, according to the city of Racine website.

Dickert has been pro-development while Hargrove believes more training needs to be done to better the city’s workforce for the jobs already here in Racine.

Excited about how people came out in support of his efforts, Dickert said he would rely on his track record to differentiate himself from Hargrove.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how we debate on these issues and solve problems for the city,” Dickert said. “During my first campaign people said how bad things were going in the city, but they did not specifically say how they planned to address these problems.”

Hargrove didn’t expect the margin of win to be so big and he thanked the voters for that.

Going forward, Hargrove said his “message and vision for a better, brighter future for the city are resonating with people.”

Here are the vote totals for all 36 wards.

  • John Dickert: 1,701
  • Melvin Hargrove: 1,255
  • Ed Diehl: 870
  • Janice Hand: 320

Stories about the mayoral candidates:

In the Fifth District Race, Monte Osterman and Steve Smetana earned the most votes to face each other in the April 7 election. With all three wards in the district counted, here’s how the night ended.

  • Susan DeKeuster: 57
  • Monte Osterman: 130
  • Paul Sloth: 126
  • Steve Smetana: 130




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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.