A third party candidate has thrown his hat into the ring for the 12th State Senate district.
Libertarian Paul Elhers of Rhinelander announced his entrance into the 2012 elections. In a press release, Ehlers expressed his decision for running saying, "Most people are not Republicans or Democrats, but are Independent. They agree with some of the positions held by each party but are unhappy with the polarization and the hostile political environment in Wisconsin today".
Earlier this year Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover) announced he wouldn't seek re-election for senate.
Also running for the seat, Democrat Lisa Theo, a teacher from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) the assemblyman for the 35th district.