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Candidates line up for August primary, November election

When Douglas County voters head to the polls in August, they'll narrow the field of candidates running for everything from the Congress and state House seats to local races for sheriff and clerk of courts.

They'll also weigh in on a several statewide races.

While nearly three dozen Wisconsinites declared candidacy for governor, the number of candidates narrowed Friday when nominations were due. The Wisconsin Elections Commission is still working to certify nomination papers.


Ten Democratic candidates filed nominations papers to be Wisconsin's next governor:

• Businessman Andy Gronik;

• State Rep. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma;

• State Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Anthony "Tony" Evers;

• State Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire;

• Political reform activist Mike McCabe;

• Former Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Matt Flynn;

• Firefighter Mahlon Mitchell;

• Former state Rep. Kelda Roys;

• Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; and

• Kenosha native Joshua Pade.

Certification of the nomination papers is pending for Mitchell and Pade.

Republican candidates include Gov. Scott Walker and Robert Meyer (pending).

Other running for governor include:

• Arnie Enz of Appleton for the Wisconsin Party;

• Michael White of Mindoro for the Wisconsin Green Party;

• Maggie Turnbull of Madison, an independent; and

• Libertarian Philip Anderson of Fitchburg.

Lieutenant governor

Candidates vying for lieutenant governor include:

• Democrats Kurt Kober of Sheboygan (pending) and Mandela Barnes of Milwaukee;

• Republican Rebecca Kleefisch;

• Libertarian Patrick Baird;

• Independent Wil Losch; and

• Wisconsin Green Tiffany Anderson (pending).

Attorney general

There is no primary in the attorney general's race. Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is facing challenges Nov. 6 from Democrat Josh Kaul of Madison (pending) and Constitution Party candidate Terry Larson of Juneau.

Secretary of state

Secretary of State Doug La Follette, a Democrat, faces a primary challenge from Arvina Martin of Madison (pending). Republicans Jay Schroeder of Neenah and Spencer Zimmerman of Janesville also face off for the seat Aug. 14. Wisconsin Green Brad Karas (pending) is also vying for the seat in November.

State treasurer

Voters rejected a plan to eliminate the state Treasurer's Office in April. Republican incumbent Matt Adamczyk filed notice of non-candidacy. Democrats Dawn Marie Sass (pending), Cynthia Kaump and Sarah Godlewski face off in August. Republicans Travis Hartwig and Jill Millies also face off for their party's nomination. Also running is Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is not facing a primary challenge, but Republicans vying for a chance to face her in November include:

• Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson of Pewaukee;

• George Lucia of DePere;

• Charles Barman of Delavan (pending);

• Griffin Jones of Madison; and

• State Rep. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield.

U.S. House — 7th District

In Douglas County, voters will decide on their representative in the U.S. House. Republican incumbent Sean Duffy isn't facing a primary challenge but Democratic candidates Brian Ewert, a physician from Marshfield, and Margaret Engebretson, an attorney and veteran from Balsam Lake, are facing off in August for a chance to challenge the congressman for Wisconsin's 7th District seat. Ken Driessen of Hayward is also running as a direct participatory democracy candidate.

State Senate — 25th District

Wisconsin Sen. Janet Bewley, a Democrat, is facing a challenge from Republican James Bolen, business owner and executive director of the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, for the 25th Senate District in Wisconsin.

State Assembly — 73rd District

Democratic incumbent Nick Milroy is running unopposed for the 73rd Assembly District in Wisconsin. While Jeff Monaghan announced in a letter to the editor published in the Telegram that he would be running for the seat as a Republican in April, and declared his candidacy with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, his nomination papers were not filed by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.

State Assembly — 74th District

Voters in eastern portions of Douglas County face a choice between incumbent Democrat Beth Meyers of Bayfield and Republican candidate Jeffrey Fahl of Phillips for the 74th Assembly District in November.

Douglas County sheriff, clerk of courts

In Douglas County, the sheriff and clerk of courts will be on the ballot. Sheriff Tom Dalbec and Clerk of Courts Michele Wick are running unopposed.