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This Sheboygan mayor's race saw nearly 2,000 more votes than the last one. Here's how the county's turnout compares to past elections.

The Sheboygan Press logo The Sheboygan Press 4/7/2021 Diana Dombrowski, Sheboygan Press

SHEBOYGAN - Voter turnout in the city of Sheboygan was six percentage points higher Tuesday than the last election with a mayor's race.

Turnout in the the city was 28% Tuesday, compared to 22% in 2017 when John Belanger challenged Mike Vandersteen for the job of mayor.

Vandersteen beat Belanger with 3,952 votes to Belanger’s 1,678.

Tuesday's election showed increased interest in the mayor's race compared to 2017, with Ryan Sorenson securing 4,417 votes over Vandersteen's 3,113. That's 1,900 more votes cast in the mayor's race than in 2017.

a group of people in a room: A view inside the Bethany Reformed Church poll as seen, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. © Gary C. Klein, Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin A view inside the Bethany Reformed Church poll as seen, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.

The 7,530 votes cast in Tuesday's mayor's race were comparable to the number of votes cast in the 2013 mayor's race, which saw 7,921 votes. In that race, Vandersteen beat Terry Van Akkeren 4,059 votes to 3,862.

County turnout was at 27% in Tuesday's election, down from last April's spring election, which saw 50% but also included a presidential primary. County turnout in April 2019 was 38%. Tuesday's turnout was also down from the April election in 2018, which saw 36%, but was up from 20% in April 2017.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Mayoral challenger Ryan Sorenson as seen at Mead Public Library with Sheboygan City Hall behind him, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis. © Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Mayoral challenger Ryan Sorenson as seen at Mead Public Library with Sheboygan City Hall behind him, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.

Sorenson became the youngest mayor elected in the city's history Tuesday, denying Vandersteen a third term leading the city.

He will be sworn in April 20.

The villages of Howards Grove and Kohler saw two of the three highest rates of voter turnout in the county, with 43% and 46% respectively. Both school districts had referendums for tens of millions in improvements to education facilities. Voters voted no to Howards Grove's referendum, but yes to both of Kohler's.

Tuesday's election also included a contested city council race in Sheboygan, in which Roberta Filicky-Peneski defeated challenger John Ranieri with 70% of the vote.

Voters in Sheboygan also selected three of the six candidates for Sheboygan Area School District's school board. Santino Laster, Ryan Burg and Rebecca Versey secured more votes than Marcos Guevara, Katie Checolinski and Christopher Domagalski.

Contact Diana Dombrowski at (920) 242-7079 or ddombrowski@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @domdomdiana.

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