Waukesha County Clerk Nickolaus Won't Run Again
Embattled official tells Waukesha Freeman "it's time to close the door on this chapter of my life."
After gaining national attention - and plenty of cricticism - for a series of election snafus, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has decided not to seek re-election this fall.
Nickolaus told the Waukesha Freeman she would step down on Dec. 31 and said she wanted to see the electorate focus on getting other Republican candidates elected to office in November.
"It's time to close the door on this chapter of my life," Nickolaus she told the newspaper Friday. "So much has been focused on me, but now it's important that positive energy is spent on the re-election of Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald."
Nickolaus' decision comes less than a month after her office came under fire for lengthy delays in processing and posting results in the April 3 elections. Some results weren't available until 10 hours after the polls closed.
She also was was criticized for not posting results online in the April 2010 state Supreme Court race, in which the entire City of Brookfield votes were left out of the county's total results on election night. The error flipped the winner in the razor-thin election from Kloppenburg, who had declared victory, to Prosser.
There have been several calls for her to resign, which she has refused to do.
After the April 3 election problems, County Executive Dan Vrakas told Nickolaus that he would publicly call for her resignation if she didn't turn over election duties to her deputy clerk.