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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Focus on two in today's Dem primary for the 95th AD

Today's Dem primary for the 95th AD is looking like a two-person race between La Crosse County Supv. Jill Billings and La Crosse School Board President Christine Clair, according to observers.

And whoever emerges from the primary will be favored to win the Dem-leaning seat in next month’s special election to replace Jennifer Shilling, who resigned after she won a recall election this summer and joined the state Senate.

Billings and Clair have been the most active in terms of fundraising and appear to have the most support from the Dem base, according to observers. They’re also competing with David Krump, a playwright and administrator for The Pump House Regional Arts Center, and Nick Charles, who ran for the seat last year as a Republican.

The winner will face GOP candidate David Drewes Nov. 8.

The focus leading up to today has been on Billings and Clair. Billings raised $23,970 through Sept. 26, including a $10,000 loan she gave her campaign. She spent $12,976 and had $10,994 cash on hand.

Her donors include state Rep. Steve Doyle, who won a special election earlier this year for a La Crosse-area Assembly seat, and she’s expected to have support from Dem members of the county board. Doyle, who gave her $50, is a former chair. One Dem said Billings is the favorite for some in the progressive community, and she lists donations from people like Heather Colburn, who’s run a number of Dem campaigns and is now the Women Vote director for Obama’s campaign, and Michelle McGrorty, director of the Greater Wisconsin Committee.

Shilling is not endorsing in the race, but she’s donated to both campaigns. She gave Billings $100 and donated $50 to Clair, who also received a $50 donation from Shilling’s husband.

Clair, a former public defender who now teaches at Viterbo University, raised $8,983, including a $510 loan, spent $4,421 and had $4,562 cash on hand. She’s expected to have the backing of some in the education community, and her donors also include La Crosse School District Principal Laura Huber, who donated $250.

Charles listed $520 raised, $232 spent and $320 cash on hand. He also had a debt of $23,190 left over from last bid. Krump had not filed a report with the GAB as of this morning.

Drewes raised $6,865, including a loan of $6,275, spent $924 and had $5,941 cash on hand.

See Billings’ website.

See Clair’s website.

See Drewes’ website.

See Krump’s website.

-- By JR Ross


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