April 19, 2014

Governor calls special election for Senate seat

Governor Scott Walker has ordered a special election for a state Senate seat that’s been vacant since earlier this summer. The race will determine who will replace Republican Rich Zipperer of Pewaukee, who resigned from the Senate in early August to become the governor’s deputy chief of staff.

Walker on Tuesday scheduled a special election for December 4th. A Republican primary is expected in the race, which will take place on November 6th. That’s the same day as the elections in county, state, and federal races, which Governor Walker says will help reduce the cost of the race for taxpayers in the southeastern Wisconsin district.

Republicans have held Zipperer’s former Senate seat for years, and two GOP Assembly members have already announced plans to run for the open post, Paul Farrow of Pewaukee and Chris Kapenga of Delafield.