WI Gov. Tony Evers announced the rescheduled dates for the election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in September. The primary will take place Tuesday, February 18 followed by the general election Tuesday, May 12.
A conflict between state and federal election laws required the governor to change the dates for both the primary and general elections after he initially set the dates for a Monday, Dec. 30 primary and a Monday, Jan. 27 general election.
The new timeline allows candidates more time to campaign, but it also means they’ll be competing for attention with Democratic presidential contenders and state Supreme Court candidates in the spring election.
Three Republicans and two Democrats have announced their candidacies. The Republicans are state Sen. Tom Tiffany of Minocqua; Jason Church, an Afghanistan war veteran and purple heart recipient from Hudson who is an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson; and Michael Opela of Edgar. The Democrats are Wausau School Board president Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale of Michigan.