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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 12:35 PM 

Primary field taking shape for fall elections

The field for this fall's election continues to take shape ahead of tomorrow's deadline to file nomination papers with the GAB.

Candidates registered with the GAB indicate their intentions to challenge at least seven sitting lawmakers, all but one of them Dems.

As of Sunday afternoon, four challengers had turned in their signatures to the GAB, according to a list posted at the agency site.

State Rep. Mandela Barnes has filed his papers to take on fellow Milwaukee Dem state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Also in the Senate, Jared Landry, of LaFarge, filed his signatures to challenge Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse. Landry, who has faced misdemeanors in several court cases, told the La Crosse Tribune this spring he saw winning the Senate seat as a launching pad toward the presidency

In the 16th AD, public defender Edgar Lin, who noted in his announcement his parents are immigrants from Taiwan, files his signatures to challenge Rep. Leon Young, of Milwaukee, in the Dem primary. Brandy Bond, of Waukesha, also had registered to run.

In the 80th AD, Luke Joseph, a former member of the Army National Guard who works as a material handler at a radiation oncology company, filed his papers to challenge Rep. Sondy Pope, of Mt. Horeb, in the Dem primary.

Other seats that could include a primary challenge to an incumbent include:

*9th AD: Marisabel Cabrera, a Milwaukee attorney, filed to run for the seat following the arrest of Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, for drunken driving.

*70th AD: Freshman GOP Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, of Tomah, could face Kyle Corrigan, a private investigator.

*78th AD: Freshman Dem Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, could fae Jacob Wischmeier, a 35-year-old manager at the Best Western Inn on the Park and self-described "Bernie Sanders Democrat."

See the GAB list of those who have turned in their nomination papers:
http://www.gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/nomination_paper_tracking_5_29_16_330pm_pdf_80467.pdf


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