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"Fake Democrat" files to run in 29th Senate District


It appears there will be a Democratic primary in the 29th State Senate district. 

According to online campaign documents, James Buckley of Antigo filed paperwork Friday to run as a Democrat.

If Buckley collects enough nomination signatures it would force a primary against Democratic Asssemblywoman Donna Seidel (D-Wausau). It would also delay the general election by about a month. 

The state Republican Party confirms that Buckley is a protest candidate. 

A call to the phone number listed on Buckley's campaign filing as his residence went to the Wisconsin GOP Google voice account. 

Antigo is not part of the 29th Senate District. However according to the Government Accountability Board, State Senate candidates do not have to live in the district where they are running. If Buckley were to win, he would have to establish residency before being sworn in.

Former State Senator Pam Galloway had been facing a recall challenge from Seidel but resigned abruptly last month. 

Assemblyman Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) has announced his intention to run as the Republican candidate against Seidel. 


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