Area voters have state, congressional races to decide


Leader Staff

While most attention is on the presidential race in the November election, there will also be a number of down ballot races for area voters to decide, some of which will have to first go through a primary on Aug. 9.

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is looking to take back the seat he lost six years ago to Republican incumbent Ron Johnson, but first Feingold will face a primary challenge from Democrat Scott Harbach. Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson will also be on the ballot in November.

The 8th U.S. Congressional District will be up for grabs in November with Republican incumbent Reid Ribble’s decision not to seek re-election. Republican candidates Frank Lasee, Terry McNulty and Mike Gallagher will compete for their party’s nomination in August. One of them will go up against Democratic candidate Tom Nelson on Nov. 8.

One state legislative race in the area will need to go through a primary.

In the 35th Assembly District, three Democrats — Derek Woellner, Erik Pfantz and Renea Frederick — are vying for the chance to take on Republican incumbent Mary Czaja.

Other contested legislative races on the ballot in November include the following:

6th Assembly District

Gary Tauchen (R) (inc)

William Switalla (D)

State Senate District 2

Robert Cowles (R) (inc)

John Powers (D)

State Senate District 12

Tom Tiffany (R) (inc)

Bryan Van Stippen (D)

State Senate District 14

Luther Olsen (R) (inc)

Brian Smith (D)

40th Assembly District

Kevin Petersen (R) (inc)

Dmitri Martin (D)