Governor calls special election for Wisconsin Assembly district

On February 14, Gov. Tony Evers (D) called a special election for District 64 in the Wisconsin State Assembly. The primary is scheduled for April 2, and the general election is on April 30. The filing deadline for candidates to run is March 5.
 
The District 64 seat has been vacant since January 2019. Incumbent Peter Barca (D) stepped down after Evers nominated him to serve as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Barca represented the district from 2008 until January 4, 2019. He served as Assembly Minority leader from 2011 to 2017.
 
The election in District 64 is currently the only state legislative special election scheduled for Wisconsin in 2019.
 
Currently, Republicans control the Wisconsin State Assembly by a margin of 63-36. Republicans also control the Wisconsin State Senate, but they do not have a trifecta because the governor is a Democrat. A trifecta exists when one political party holds the governorship and majorities in both state legislative chambers.



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