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Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek) will continue to represent District 21 in the Wisconsin State Assembly, winning 59 percent of the popular vote, according to results from Milwaukee County.

As of shortly before midnight Nov. 8, Rodriguez earned a total of 16,589 votes to secure her re-election.

"We're unofficially calling the race," Rodriguez said shortly after giving her acceptance speech 10 p.m. "I'm very excited and elated to be given another opportunity to represent the 21st Assembly District."

In her next two-year term, Rodriguez said she will focus on her work with the speaker's task force on urban education. Rodriguez is the chair of the committee, and last summer put together a list of recommendations to improve urban education.

"Next session I will be working on putting those recommendations into bills and hope to be able to pass future legislation that will help our urban school districts," Rodriguez said.

She also noted that she will be working on the budget at the beginning of the legislative year, and will focus on building the budget "in a way that we protect the taxpayers and we hold down taxes."

Rodriguez beat out Democratic candidate John (Jack) Redmond (D-Oak Creek), a first-time candidate.

"I cannot thank my supporters and my family enough for their help," Redmond said in an official statement. "Our 21st Wisconsin Assembly District made a terrible decision tonight, and that decision was to not show up and vote. I think Rep. Jessie Rodriguez ran a good race, and I think Wisconsinites proved that all of Trump's bluster about vote rigging was dangerous lies. Unfortunately, for my campaign, the incumbent prevailed because of a historically low turnout."

Redmond earned 11,338 votes.

A total of 18,671 voted in the 21st District, which includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and a small part of Franklin.

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