Croix County medical examiner is the first Democrat elected in the district since Alice Clausing, who held the seat from 1993 until Harsdorf was elected in 2000. "At the end of the day, we didn't go negative". "We're not in touch with people", says Mr Kinney. "That made me come across as authentic and kind and nice and approachable, and I think that had a lot to do with it".