Four candidates filed for the May 12 special election to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Party primaries will take place on February 18.
Jason Church and Tom Tiffany are running in the Republican primary. Church, a veteran and former aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). Tiffany, a Wisconsin state senator, has received endorsements from former Wisconsin Govs. Scott Walker (R) and Tommy Thompson (R), as well as Americans for Prosperity Action.
Lawrence Dale and Tricia Zunker are running in the Democratic primary.
Dale, an insurance salesperson, previously ran as a Green Party candidate for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in 2014 and as a Democratic candidate for District 34 of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2016. His priorities include growing the local farming industry and passing Medicare for All.
Zunker, an associate justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court and member of the Wausau School Board, said that she would be a voice in Washington for local farmers and work to improve public education. Her campaign has been promoted by the Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Democratic Party.
The special election will fill the vacancy left by Sean Duffy’s (R) September 2019 resignation. Duffy was first elected in 2010 and won his last election in 2018 by a margin of about 22 percentage points.
Governor Tony Evers (D) originally scheduled the primary for December 30, 2019, and the general election for January 27, 2020, but he moved the dates back after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the original dates did not adhere to federal requirements.
Six special elections have been called during the 116th Congress. Four of those were for seats in the U.S. House, and two are for seats in the U.S. Senate.
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