Washburn-area farmer seeks 74th District Assembly seat

John Adams has announced a run for the seat Democrat Beth Meyers plans to vacate.

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John Adams, a farmer and political organizer, is seeking a seat in the Wisconsin Assembly.
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WASHBURN — A local farmer and political organizer is the latest candidate to announce a run for the 74th Assembly District.

John Adams, a former Duluthian living outside of Washburn, is running for the seat currently held by state Rep. Beth Meyers, D-Bayfield. Meyers filed notice of noncandidacy with the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Adams works for Bayfield Foods cooperative as a vegetable grower and distributor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota. He organized a local chapter of the Wisconsin Farmers Union and has served on the Washburn Town Board, as well as many volunteer boards in the area.

“As a business owner I know firsthand the value of small businesses in northern Wisconsin,” Adams said. “We need creative economic solutions for our northern economy, what works in large urban areas does not work here. There are cooperative opportunities in solar, for example, that Wisconsin could be taking advantage of, and we need a strong voice in Madison for new economic ideas and expanding broadband internet access in our region.”

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Adams is the second Democratic candidate to file a campaign registration statement. Kevin Schanning of Iron River is also running as a Democrat, and the two could face off in the Aug. 9 primary. The winner could face Republican candidate Chanz Green of Grand View in the Nov. 8 election.


Ballot status is pending for all three candidates, and candidates have until June 1 to make their candidacy official.

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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