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Gov. Evers names special election dates

Wisconsin (WAOW) — A date for the special election to fill the 7th Congressional District has been named.

Governor Tony Evers says the special primary will happen on the same day as the spring primary, Feb. 18.

The special election will now be May 12.

Former Representative Sean Duffy resigned from the position Sept. 23.

Five people have announced their bid for the seat, three republicans and two democrats.

In a statement, Tom Tiffany says, “After a bungled process by Governor Evers, voters of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District finally have clarity on when they will choose their new representative. I look forward to earning their support, and continue defending the freedoms that make our country great.”

In a statement, Tricia Zunker says, “Now that the Governor has set an election date, I look forward to talking to voters about my plans to help Wisconsin families improve access to affordable healthcare, lower prescription drug costs, and help our local farmers impacted by the trade war.” 

In a statement from Michael Opela says, “Our campaign would petition to be in conformance of law, IE we should have up to 30 days before primary to finalize submission of nomination paperwork (versus the December 2nd date the Governor has declared). These dates are ridiculous – it would be very complicated to get this done and do nothing but campaigning until November to best serve the constituents of District 7.”

In a statement, Jason Church says, “I’ve been clear from the start: I’m ready for duty, on whatever day our Democratic Governor puts the election. The people of northern Wisconsin are ready to put their boots on and fight for this country and I’m glad to stand next to them in the fight.”


Courtney Terlecki

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