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MADISON (WAOW) – Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday called for a special election Nov. 19 to replace State Rep. Scott Suder who resigned Tuesday after serving in the Legislature for 15 years.
Suder, R-Abbotsford, stepped down to take a higher paying job with the state Public Service Commission.
Suder's resignation opens the seat in District 69 that he has held since 1998. The district covers all or parts of four counties – Clark, Marathon, Taylor and Wood.
So far, four Republicans indicated interest in running – Dorchester Village Trustee Debra Koncel, Stratford businessman Bob Kulp, former Marshfield alderman Scott Noble and Granton bar and grill owner Tom Dahlen.
But Koncel, the chairwoman of the Republican Party in Clark County, said Wednesday she was pulling out of the race to support Kulp. “He has the resources more than I do,” she said. “And he's a good, solid conservative.
Dahlen, 58 and a longtime member of the Tavern League of Wisconsin's board of directors, is the latest to announce his candidacy.
“Agriculture and small business are my big concerns,” he said Wednesday. “To me, small business is what is going to grow this state.”
Dahlen describes himself as a Republican who is more conservative than moderate.
Walker said the deadline for filing nomination papers for the Nov. 19 election will be Sept. 24. If a primary election is needed to narrow the field of candidates, it will be Oct. 22.
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