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Northern Wisconsin is hosting its second election with in-person voting during the COVID-19 health emergency on Tuesday.

In a special election, voters will select the replacement to Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned last year.

Republican Tom Tiffany, a state Senator from Minocqua, faces Democrat Tricia Zunker, the Wausau School Board President, in the race.

Last month, the administration of Gov. Tony Evers said it considered moving the election, but decided to stick with the date.

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The chair of Democratic Party of Wisconsin wants mail-ballot-only election in next month’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Ben Wikler said he wanted an absentee ballot sent to every voter in the northern Wisconsin district in the race to replace former Congressman Sean Duffy.

A two-term state Senator will face the president of the Wausau School Board in May’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) won his primary election against Jason Church on Tuesday, while Tricia Zunker (D-Wausau) easily defeated Lawrence Dale on the Democratic side.

The winner will replace former Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned in September.

Zunker got nearly 90 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, but she told WXPR she’s been focusing on the general election for a long time.

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Two Democrats entered the race on Monday to succeed Republican Sean Duffy in Congress.

Tricia Zunker is the president of the Wausau School Board and a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court.

She’s trying to become the first Native American elected to Congress from Wisconsin.

Businessman and Vietnam War veteran Lawrence Dale also will run as a Democrat.

Dale unsuccessfully challenged Duffy in 2014 as a Green Party candidate, then failed to win a Democratic primary for State Assembly in 2016.

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Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy(R-7th District)  has scheduled four town hall meetings in the Northwoods for Friday.(12/7/18)

Duffy will be at the Great Northern Hotel in Mercer from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the Iron county town hall.

He then will be at the Oneida County Sheriff's office in Rhinelander for a town hall from 10:00 a.m. to 11.

He will head to Florence for a town hall from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. at the Florence County Wild Rivers Interpretive Center.

Democrat Margaret Engebretson was on the road early Wednesday after she had received her parties' nod to challenge incumbent Republican Sean Duffy for the Wisconsin 7th District Congressional seat.

Engebretson defeated physician Brian Ewert by 7,000 votes out of 50,000 cast. She says she and Ewert held similar views except in when it came to healthcare...

Democrat Westlund Campaigns in Rhinelander

Dec 17, 2013
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A Democratic challenger to Representative Sean Duffy paid a visit to Rhinelander Tuesday.  Kelly Westlund declared her candidacy last week.

About thirty people gathered at the Rhinelander Days Inn to hear from the newest candidate to represent Wisconsin’s 7th  Congressional district.  The 30-year-old Kelly Westlund has served for two years on the Ashland City Council.  Her background is in environmental and sustainability work.  And she says she’s not worried about being relatively new to the political game.