Five Candidates Seek to Challenge Duffy for Congressional Seat

Five Candidates Seek to Challenge Duffy for Congressional Seat

Created: February 19, 2018 11:09 AM

At least five Democrats are now seeking their party's nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Sean Duffy in this fall's election.

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Margaret Engebretson of Balsam Lake, Brian Ewert of Marshfield, and Kyle Frenette of Chetek have filed statements of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. Engebretson held an event in Superior on Feb. 12 to announce her candidacy.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that David Beeksma of Ashland and Bob Look are also running and appeared Marathon County Democratic Party candidates night last Thursday, though neither had filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC as of Monday morning.

Allen Campos of Sheldon, who declared his candidacy in a FEC filing in December, told WPR he is dropping out of the race.

A primary in August will narrow the race to one Democrat. No candidates have emerged to challenge Duffy in the Republican primary.

Duffy won the 7th District seat in 2010 after the retirement of longtime Democratic Rep. Dave Obey. The 7th District covers all or part of 26 counties in northern and central Wisconsin, including the cities of Superior, Ashland, Hudson, Wausau, and Rhinelander.

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