Professor from Delta seeks 74th Assembly District seat

Northland College sociology professor Kevin Schanning is running as a Democrat for the open assembly seat.

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Kevin Schanning, a professor at Northland College, is running as a Democrat for the 74th District Assembly seat in the Wisconsin Legislature.
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DELTA — A sociology professor at Northland College is the latest candidate to announce a run for the open 74th District Assembly seat.

Kevin Schanning of Delta, near Iron River, is running as a Democrat.

“The people of Northern Wisconsin deserve a clean environment, access to quality and affordable health care, and fully supported public education,” Schanning said. “It is also important to our rural communities, and to all of Wisconsin, to preserve the fundamental principles of our democracy.”

Schanning said his desire to serve in the Assembly is based on the belief that, as neighbors, people in the district have much in common. By working together, he said the 74th District and Wisconsin can ensure a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future.

As an educator, Schanning said he brings an understanding of how systems can hold us back or lift us up as a community.


“I teach sociology and use my knowledge and skills to diagnose the source of a problem and provide real solutions to improve people’s lives,” Schanning said.

Schanning has been involved in multiple local improvement efforts ranging from examining regional food insecurity to studying the transportation needs of the elderly in Bayfield County and recommending solutions, he said.

He is also an avid hunter, angler, and outdoorsman. Schanning currently serves on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress; has served in various roles for multiple organizations including the Timber Wolf Alliance and the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy; and is also an active lifetime member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Other volunteer efforts include annual water quality monitoring for the Superior Rivers Watershed Association, assisting with fundraisers for Trout Unlimited and working at local outdoor events such as Book Across the Bay, he said.

Schanning is running against John Adams of the Washburn area, for the Democratic nomination in the Aug. 9 primary. The winner will challenge Republican Chanz Green in the Nov. 8 election.

State Rep. Beth Meyers, D-Bayfield, is not seeking reelection.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, all candidate ballot placements in the 74th District are pending and must by finalized by June 1.

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
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