Woman runs as write-in candidate for 69th Assembly District

CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) — There are two days until the 2018 midterm elections. A Marshfield woman became a write-in candidate for the 69th Assembly District, just two weeks ago.

The 69th Assembly District covers parts of Clark Marathon, and Wood County, including Marshfield, Stratford, Edgar, Neillsville, Owen, Spencer, and others.

Bob Kulp (R), owner of Kulp’s of Stratford for 33 years, has also held the seat for the district since 2013.

This election would have been the second time Kulp ran unopposed, until a couple weeks ago.

Kathleen Rulka recently registered with the Wisconsin Elections Commission to run against Kulp, as a Democratic write-in candidate.

“I had a man come up to me in the parking lot at Festival and he said, ‘Let me take that cart for you,” and I said, ‘Thank you’ and I said ‘I hope you’re going to go vote and he said, ‘Oh, I’ve already wrote you in,’ and he was a complete stranger,” Rulka said.

Rulka planned to put her name on the ballot last year, until her husband, Brian Ewert, ran for the 7th Congressional District.  She said she wanted to put 100 percent of her time and effort toward his campaign.

Ewert, lost in the August primary election to Democratic candidate, Margaret Engebretson.

“What I would like to do is make sure the people of the district are getting their needs met instead of people from outside the district and outside the country,” Rulka said.

Kulp praised the past work on economic policies.

“I think the choice is clear that the team that’s been in place, to put the good economic policy in place, government getting out of the way of business as much as possible, and doing the investments in the strategic places we’ve been, I think that speaks for itself,” Kulp said.

While Rulka is concerned about not enough local control, Foxconn, and health care.

“I’ve been told that I’m the most transparent and accessible representative they’ve had or known about so I take that as a badge of honor as well,” Kulp said.

The two, go head to head Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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