February 11, 2016

Kulp wins GOP primary in 69th, Rodriguez in 21st

A Stratford businessman and a Milwaukee area school choice advocate won primary elections Tuesday for a pair of Wisconsin Assembly seats.

Bob Kulp got almost 44 percent of the vote in winning a four-way Republican primary for the seat given up by former GOP Majority Leader Scott Suder.  Jessie Rodriguez of Franklin easily beat out four others to win the GOP bid for the seat given up by Assembly Republican Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee.  Kulp and Rodriguez now advance to general elections in November.  The outcomes will hardly affect the Republicans’ huge majority in the Assembly, which is currently 57-to-39 over the Democrats.

Just over 5,000 people voted in the central Wisconsin primary.  Marshfield Alderman Alanna Feddick placed second with 25 percent followed by Tommy Dahlen and Scott Noble.  Kulp said he was grateful to get support from those who wanted someone with business experience and a thoughtful approach in the Assembly.  He’ll now go up against Democrat Ken Slezak and independent Tim Swiggum in the general election for Suder’s former seat on November 19th.

Rodriguez got 48 percent of just over 3,100 votes in her primary.  Chris Kujawa was a distant second followed by Ken Gehl, Larry Gamble, and Red Arnold.  Rodriguez now faces Democrat Elizabeth Coppola next month.

Thanks Mike Warren, WDLB-WOSQ, Marshfield; and Larry Lee, WSAU, Wausau

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