Posted at 11:25 a.m. on March 29, 2018
The Brillion News
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker is complying with an order issued by a Dane County circuit court judge, and today issued an executive order calling for special elections to fill a vacant assembly seat and a vacant state senate seat.
The senate seat is for District 1, which includes portions of Calumet, Brown and Manitowoc counties.
It has been vacant since Frank Lasee, R-Ledgeview, resigned from the senate in order to take a patronage job in a state agency. Walker intended to leave it vacant until filled in the regular November general election, but a lawsuit filed by a pro-Democrat group challenged the legality of leaving that seat, and the Assembly District 42 seat, open until the next legislature is sworn in during January of 2019.
Walker ordered the special election to be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Circulation of nomination papers for candidates may begin today, March 29, 2018. Nomination papers must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Republican Second District State Assemblyman Andre Jacque has announced plans to run for the senate seat, as has Green Bay businessman Alex Renard. If both end up filing papers, a primary would be required.
On the Democratic side, the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, Caleb Frostman, announced that he will run.