The special primary for Wisconsin State Senate District 8 is on Feb. 21, 2023. Jodi Habush Sinykin (D), Janel Brandtjen (R), Daniel Knodl (R), and Van Mobley (R) are competing to advance to the special general election scheduled for April 4. The filing deadline to run passed on Jan. 3.
The special election was called after Sen. Alberta Darling (R) left office to retire on Dec. 1, 2022. Darling served from 1993 to 2022.
As of February 2023, 23 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2023 in 11 states. Between 2011 and 2021, an average of 74 special elections took place each year. Wisconsin has held 22 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2022.