The Democratic candidate who challenged Republican Congressman-elect Tom Tiffany in last week’s special election announced Monday, May 18 that she will run again in November.

Tricia Zunker, the Wausau School Board president and associate justice on the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court, carried 41% percent of the vote, the closest margin for any Democrat in the district since 2012.

Zunker said she will continue to focus on health care, prescription drug costs and helping Wisconsin working families recover from the pandemic. In talking to people during the recent campaign, Zunker said she heard that Washington D.C. isn’t getting the job done in those areas.

“Now more than ever, the people of northern Wisconsin need a voice in Congress fighting for them — people like the family farmers and working people I come from,” Zunker said. “While we came up short in the special election under unprecedented circumstances, the situation will be very different in November.”

Zunker has pledged to not take campaign contributions from corporate political action committees. For more information, visit

Tiffany launched his campaign for reelection last week on his website,