Both parties got something to boast about Tuesday, June 12. Special Elections were held in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District. These elections were nothing more than taking a check on the temperature of the electorate. While both winners will be sworn in as members of the legislature, neither will do much official business before 2019. Both elections will be held again in November with the same candidates.
Republican Jon Plumer defeated Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd 54%-46%.
Plumer is a former truck driver for Kraft Foods and serves on the Lodi Town Board. He previously has served as head of his local Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations. Plumer also owns Plumer Karate America with locations throughout south-central Wisconsin. He was endorsed by the Wisconsin State Journal.
Groves Lloyd is a member of the Lodi City Council and fifth-generation farmer. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from UW-Madison and recently retired from her position at the university.
This race was considered a toss-up going into the election and Republicans won by a wider margin than expected. This race likely won’t be as contested in November as it was in the special election. Democrats need to flip many more seats that are less Republican than the 42nd in order to regain the majority.
Republican State Representative Andre Jacque lost to Democrat Caleb Frostman 48%-52%.
Jacque has served in the State Assembly since 2011 and has a record of being one of the more conservative members of the Republican caucus. He was formerly a transit planning coordinator, communications director, and grant-writing consultant. He now serves as a full-time legislator.
Frostman is the former executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation and vice president, commercial real estate with U.S. Bank in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in real estate and urban land economics.
This race was also considered a toss-up, though Democrats poured much more money into this race than Republicans. Door County proved to be the deciding factor as turnout there was high for Frostman. The race is still a toss-up in November as Republicans expect turnout to be heavier in their areas.