February 9, 2016

Election Day in the 69th

There’s a primary election under way to narrow down the field of Republicans seeking the 69th Assembly District seat.

Four Republicans hope to replace Scott Suder in central Wisconsin’s 69th District. The Assembly Majority Leader stepped down last month to pursue another opportunity after serving 14 years in that chamber. A special election will determine who will fill the remainder of the term.

Granton restaurateur Tommy Dahlen, businessman Bob Kulp from Stratford, former Marshfield alderman Scott Noble, and current Marshfield alderwoman Alana Feddick-Goodwin are seeking the Republican nomination.

Whoever wins this primary will face Democrat Ken Slezak of Neillsville and former Democrat turned Independent Tim Swiggum of Owen.

Dorchester Village Trustee and Clark County Republican Chairperson Deb Koncel has decided not to run for the seat. After an early entry to the race, she withdrew and has instead endorsed candidate Bob Kulp.

The polls in the 69th District close at 8:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, in the Milwaukee area, five Republicans are running today to try to replace 21st District Representative Mark Honadel.  Those five are former pilot William “Larry” Gamble, Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl, South Milwaukee landscaper Chris Kujawa, school choice advocate Jessie Rodriguez of Franklin, and Jason “Red” Arnold of South Milwaukee.

Today’s winner in southeastern Wisconsin will face Democrat Elizabeth Coppola.

The general election is scheduled for November 19th.

No matter what happens, Republicans will still have a huge majority in the Assembly.  The GOP currently has a 57-to-39 advantage.

WSAU Larry Lee

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