Election 2020

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More than 50 cities or towns in 33 Wisconsin Counties are still in critical need of poll workers.

Between those places, about 180 people are needed.

There is a list of places by county that still have a need of poll workers on the My Vote Wisconsin website.

Wisconsin’s Chief Election Official Megan Wolfe said that list and those numbers will fluctuate between now election day.

Incumbent Republican Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is being challenged by Minocqua Democrat Kirk Bangstad this fall. The two will be on the ballot in the 34th State Assembly District.

WXPR planned to host a forum including the two candidates, but Bangstad declined to participate.

Instead, WXPR spoke to Swearingen on issues including COVID-19, the statewide mask mandate, PFAS contamination in drinking water, potential metallic mining in the Northwoods, school funding, and broadband expansion.

Hear that conversation by clicking the audio player above.

Two candidates are on the ballot in Wisconsin’s 12th State Senate District, which covers most of the Northwoods: Republican Mary Felzkowski and Democrat Ed Vocke. Listen to WXPR’s forum with the two candidates by clicking the audio player above.

The district includes all of Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest, Florence, and Menominee counties. Most of Vilas County is in the district, and parts of Marathon, Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano counties are in the district.

Just six days after losing a northern Wisconsin congressional election to Republican Tom Tiffany, Democrat Tricia Zunker announced she will run for the seat again this fall.

Tiffany beat Zunker by 14 points last Tuesday in a special election for the open seat.

“I’m standing up for what I believe in. I invite you to join me in the arena. This November, let’s dare greatly and win this seat,” Zunker said in a video.

Kirk Bangstad

Minocqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bangstad, a Democrat, will challenge incumbent state Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) for his State Assembly seat this fall.

Bangstad said he decided to get involved when Republicans sued Gov. Tony Evers when Evers tried to move the April election during the COVID-19 pandemic.