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Sunday, April 7, 2013

 9:16 PM 

Marklein announces candidacy for 17th Senate District seat held by Schultz

State Rep. Howard Marklein announced today he will run for the 17th Senate District now held by fellow Republican Dale Schultz.

Marklein, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2010, said in a statement he wants to build on the achievements of the last legislative session.

His announcement refers to Schultz as a "long-time incumbent who has been in office since 1982." 

Schultz has not announced whether he'll seek re-election in 2014. 

“I am extremely humbled by the support and encouragement I’ve received from supporters to run for the Senate," Marklein said. "I am announcing my campaign to ensure that we are able to continue to build on the good work we have done.”

UPDATE: Schultz said Marklein's announcement was "not a surprise, but it was unexpected."

"After 30 years in the state Legislature, nothing surprises me anymore," Schultz said. "However, with a 98.7 percent Republican voting record, as compared to my leader in the state Senate last session, I thought that would’ve been enough to stave off a primary challenge."

Schultz did not say in his statement if he'll seek re-election in 2014, saying he is focused now on representing his constituents. He said he will wait until about a year before his term is up to decide whether to run again.

-- By JR Ross


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