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Green, Sapik advance in Wisconsin Assembly races

Republican nominees elected by voters Tuesday will face uncontested Democratic challengers Nov. 8.

Paisley Bender, 5, center, watches as her grandmother Beverly Bender’s ballot scans into the polling machine
Paisley Bender, 5, center, watches as her grandmother Beverly Bender’s ballot scans into the polling machine while Election Inspector Phillip Fernjack, right, helps it along at the Billings Park Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Superior.
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SUPERIOR — Voters in 73rd District will decide between two women in November to fill an open seat in Wisconsin Assembly.

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Angie Sapik, of Lake Nebagamon, is running as a Republican for the Wisconsin Assembly's 73rd District seat.
Shelley Nelson / Superior Telegram

Angie Sapik, of Lake Nebagamon, won the Republican primary Tuesday, Aug. 9, with 58% of the vote, defeating Scott Luostari, of Lakeside, according to unofficial results.

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Laura Gapske, of Superior, is running for the 73rd District Assembly seat.
Contributed / Laura Gapske

“I wouldn't say I'm surprised but I'm definitely excited,” Sapik said. “In this district, we are evolving, and we want new ideas and new people who are not politicians to take on these roles.”

Sapik said voters can expect that she will work even harder to win the general election.

“I see what's happening not just in this district, but across the state through my career working with farms, grocery stores and the supply chain,” Sapik said. “It gives me direct sight into inflation and how it’s affecting us, not just at the gas pumps. We will work to alleviate the stresses of inflation, particularly with fixed-income elder households.”

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Chanz Green.
Contributed / Chanz Green

Sapik moves on to the Nov. 8 election to face Democratic candidate Laura Gapske, of Superior. Gapske didn’t have a primary challenge for the seat currently held by Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range. Milroy decided not to seek re-election this year.

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John Adams, a farmer and political organizer, is seeking a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly.
Contributed / John Adams

Voters in the 74th District will also fill an open seat in November after Rep. Beth Meyers decided not to run for reelection.

Chanz Green, of Grand View, will be the Republican nominee to face John Adams, of Washburn, on Nov. 8.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” Green said Wednesday. “I appreciate everyone who helped us along the way.”

Green took 67.5% of the vote over his Republican challenger, John Schey, of Glidden.

“We’re not going to slow down,” Green said. “We’re knocking on doors, meeting people. We’re attending any and all events — just boots on the ground trying to meet everybody.”

Unofficial results

73rd Assembly District

Scott Luostari: 2,080

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Angie Sapik: 2,872

74th Assembly District

Chanz Green: 4,327

John Schey: 2,084

This story was updated at 9:25 a.m. Aug. 11 to include statements from the Republican nominees for the Wisconsin Assembly. It originally posted at 11:36 a.m. Aug. 10.

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Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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