April 16, 2014

Senate races set

Fort Atkinson small business owner Lori Compas advanced past a placeholder GOP candidate in Tuesday’s primary in the 19th state Senate District. She’s ready to take on state Senator Scott Fitzgerald. “Scott Fitzgerald has a long history as a politician, he has served honorably for many years, but over the past year he really seems to have changed,” said Compas, who spearheaded the effort to gather recall signatures against Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald served as Senate Majority Leader in the last legislative session, when Democrats left the state to delay action on Governor Scott Walker’s changes to collective bargaining.

There’s another rematch on the agenda in June – this one in the 21st state Senate District. State Senator Van Wanggaard says people in the Racine area are sick of recalls. “As I’m knocking on doors, I’m talking to people – they identify themselves as Democrats – they’re just fed up with this whole process,” he said. In 2010, Republican Wanggaard defeated Democrat John Lehman, who’s now seeking to reverse that loss. “In the next for weeks we’ll do everything we can to say we need honest, open government,” Lehman said.

Wausau Assembly Democrat Donna Seidel advanced in Tuesday’s primary, to face Assembly Republican Jerry Petrowski of Marathon, in the June election for the seat vacated by Republican Pam Galloway in the 29th Senate District. Former Democratic state Representative Kristen Dexter will face GOP Senator Terry Moulton in the Chippewa Valley’s 23rd District.

WRJN, WSAU contributed to this report