It’s Election Day, at least in some parts of Wisconsin. Voters in three Legislative Districts will head to the polls today for special elections to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. They’ll be deciding who will replace former Republican state Representatives Mike Huebsch, Mark Gottlieb, and Scott Gunderson, who all left earlier this year to join Governor Scott Walker’s Administration.
Huebsch is now Secretary of the Department of Administration, Gottlieb heads the Department of Transportation, and Gunderson is with the Department of Natural Resources.
Even if Democrats could swing all three seats away from GOP control, the election is unlikely to have any immediate impact on the Assembly. Republicans would still hold the majority by seven seats.
In the 60th Assembly District, Republican Duey Stroebel of Saukville faces Democrat Rick Aaron of Bayside. The seat representing parts of Ozaukee and Washington counties was formerly held by Gottlieb and is a heavy Republican district.
In the 83rd Assembly District, Republican Dave Craig of Big Bend faces Democrat James Brownlow of Muskego. The seat representing parts of Racine, Walworth, and Waukesha counties belonged to Gunderson, and is also considered a strong GOP district.
In the 94th District, Republican John Lautz and Democrat Steve Doyle are vying to replace Huebsch for a seat representing parts of La Crosse and Monroe counties. The race is considered the more competitive contest out of the three.