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Church, Dale, Sen. Tiffany, Zunker approved for 7th Dist. Election ballot

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UPDATE 11:30am 12/3: The State Election Commission released their final counts Tuesday morning, approving Democrat Lawrence Dale to the ballot alongside fellow Democrat Tricia Zunker and Republicans Jason Church and State Sen. Tom Tiffany.

ORIGINAL: MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- At least three declared candidates have beaten the deadline for next spring's 7th Congressional District Special Election.

State Senator Tom Tiffany, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker, and US Army Veteran Jason Church had their nominating petitions approved by the Elections Commission on Monday, which was the filing deadline for the primary.

Wisconsin election law requires 1,000 valid signatures for a candidate to appear on the ballot. Tiffany turned in nearly 2,000 signatures, which is the maximum allowed.

Both Zunker and Church turned in approximately 1,500 signatures.

Edgar resident Michael Opela recorded around 800 signatures and is one of six candidates who's ballot status is listed as "Pending" according to the Commission.

A second declared Democrat, Lawrence Dale, is also listed as "Pending" after turning in 1,100 signatures.

Dale is a Michigan resident who announced his candidacy at an event in Madison and lists his address as a P.O. Box in Eagle River. During his event at the Capitol, which is located outside the 7th District, he told reporters he would move to the District "in a legal sense."

You can view the WEC candidate list here.

Candidates had until December 2nd to turn in their nominating petitions.

Tiffany and Church will participate in a debate sponsored by No Better Friend Corp on December 12th at Wausau's Westwood Conference Center.

Mason Dowling

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