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Primaries shape up for congressional, state Senate seats

Area voters will be asked to vote in August primaries for a U.S. congressional seat and a seat in the Wisconsin Senate.

The 7th Congressional District, which includes St. Croix County, will have primaries to select both Democratic and Republican candidates for the job now held by Sean Duffy.

In the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Pierce County, there will be a three-way primary to choose the Republican candidate to oppose Democratic incumbent Ron Kind of La Crosse.

In the State Senate District 31, which includes Pierce County, Republican voters will be asked to choose between Mel Pittman of Plum City and Bill Ingram of Durand to challenge Democratic incumbent Kathleen Vinehout.

Filing deadline for the state and federal positions was 5 p.m. Monday, June 2. The primaries will be Tuesday, Aug. 12. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Republican candidates in the Third Congressional District are Tony Kurtz of Prairie du Chien, Karen L. Mueller of Chippewa Falls and Ken Van Doren of Mauston.

Democratic candidates for the 7th District congressional seat are Mike Krsiean of Houlton and Kelly Westlund of Ashland. The Republican candidates are incumbent Duffy of Wausau and Don Raihala of Superior. Lawrence Dale of Eagle River collected enough nominating signatures to be the Green Party candidate.

Although there will be contests in November for other local seats in the Wisconsin Legislature, there will be no primaries for them.

In District 28, incumbent Erik Severson is not running. The candidates for that seat are Democrat Travis Schachtner of Somerset and Republican Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake.

District 29 incumbent John Murtha of Baldwin, a Republican, will have no opposition on the ballot.

In Assembly District 30, Democrat Darrel Laumann of New Richmond and Libertarian Laurie Kroeger of Hudson are challenging Republican incumbent Dean Knudson of Hudson.

In District 93, Democrat Jeff Smith of Eau Claire is challenging Republican incumbent Warren Petryk of Eleva.

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board’s website, these are the candidates for state offices:


Republican Party

— Scott Walker (incumbent)

Democratic Party

— Mary Burke

— Brett Hulsey

Libertarian Party

— Robert Burke

People’s Party

— Dennis Fehr


Republican Party:

— Rebecca Kleefisch (i)

Democratic Party

— John Lehman

— Mary Jo Walters

Libertarian Party

— Joseph Brost


Republican Party

— Brad Schimel

Democratic Party

— Susan V. Happ

— Ismael Ozanne

— Jon Richards

Libertarian Party

— Thomas A. Nelson Sr.


Democratic Party

— Doug La Follette (i)

Republican Party

— Garey Bies

— Julian Bradley

Constitution Party

— Jerry Broitzman

Libertarian Party

— Andy Craig


Republican Party

— Matt Adamczyk

— Randall Melchert

Democratic Party

— Dave Leeper

— David L. Sartori

Constitution Party

— Andrew Zuelke

Libertarian Party

— Jerry Shidell

Wisconsin Green Party

— Ron Hardy

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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