Kelly Westlund announces candidacy for Wis. State Senate

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Kelly Westlund, a former city council member from Ashland, announced her candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate District 25 on Friday.

Westlund’s was the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in 2014. She has worked for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin since 2015.

"I’m running for the State Senate because the people of Northern Wisconsin continue to need a strong voice in Madison, an advocate who will work faithfully on the issues affecting their daily lives,” Westlund said in a prepared statement.

“The 25th is the largest district in the state, stretching from the south shore of Lake Superior to the rolling hills of Barron County and the forests of Price County and Lac Du Flambeau. This district deserves a Senator who will never stop fighting for the things that our communities need and for every single person who calls this district home. I am proud to be that candidate, and I look forward to earning every vote possible in the 25th Senate District come November 8th.”

Westlund will run to replace Janet Bewley, who is retiring from the state Senate the end of the year. Bewley appeared at Westlund’s campaign event, along Rep. Nick Milroy and former state Sen. Bob Jauch.

So far, no Republican has announced candidacy for the 25th District.

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