The calendar has turned to another even-numbered year, which of course means we'll have more elections than we usually do. Important races at the local, state, and federal level will dominate the political world (if they aren't already). In fact, voters in Iowa will head to the polls on Feb. 3 to kick off the Democrat primary season.
Milwaukee County Executive (Primary: 2/18, General 4/7)
The largest county in Wisconsin will select a new leader. Incumbent Chris Abele has announced he will not seek re-election, perhaps to focus on a run for U.S. Senate in 2022. Several candidates have announced at the time of writing this article including State Senator Chris Larson, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy, and State Representatives David Crowley and Daniel Riemer. This is officially a non-partisan race, but all candidates are Democrats. The top two vote-getters in February will advance to the general election.
State Supreme Court Justice (Primary 2/18, General 4/7)
Incumbent Justice Dan Kelly is seeking a full 10-year term after his appointment by Governor Scott Walker in 2016. Considered a member of the "conservative" wing of the court, two self-described liberals have announced their candidacies: Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone. Fallone previously ran against Chief Justice Patience Roggensack in 2013 and was defeated. The top two vote-getters in February will advance to the general election.
State Legislature (Primary 8/11, General 11/3)
The full State Assembly and half of the State Senate will be on the ballot this fall. Republicans are favored to hold majorities in both houses. In fact, Republicans in the Senate could increase their majority by a seat or two. Currently, Republicans hold a 63-36 majority in the Assembly and 19-14 in the Senate.
Congressional (Primary 8/11, General 11/3*)
A special election* is being held for the 7th Congressional District after the resignation of Congressman Sean Duffy (R). In a seat Donald Trump carried by 20 points, State Senator Tom Tiffany and Army Veteran Jason Church are battling for the Republican nomination. Democrats Lawrence Dale and Tricia Zunker qualified for the ballot on that side. The primary will be held on February 18 and the general on May 12th.
All other districts, including the 7th again, will have a primary election on Aug. 11 and general election on Nov. 3.
All other incumbents are running for re-election except in the 5th Congressional District where Jim Sensenbrenner announced his retirement after 40 years in office. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is the only declared Republican in the most Republican seat in Wisconsin.
WBA will continue to provide news and information about all candidates as the election draws closer. Candidates are already asking for money from WBA's conduit and PAC funds, so thank you to all who have donated and will donate in this crucial year!