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Engebretson Won't Run for Duffy's Seat

Engebretson Won't Run for Duffy's Seat Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: October 09, 2019 04:23 PM

The Democrat who ran against Republican Sean Duffy in last year's congressional election has decided not to run for the seat now that Duffy has resigned.

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Margaret Engebretson announced her decision not to run for the 7th Congressional District seat in a social media post on Wednesday, saying the timing of the special election is not good for her.

"The people I would be honored to serve deserve the best, and right now I cannot give a campaign my 100%. I want to sincerely thank everyone who encouraged me to run again," Engebretson wrote.

Duffy formally resigned from the seat on Sept. 23 ahead of the birth of his ninth child.  Valentina StellaMaris Duffy was born last week with two holes in her heart that will require open-heart surgery as expected.

Two Republicans, state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Jason Church, have announced their candidacy, but no Democrats have entered the race.  State Rep. Nick Milroy and Wausau attorney Christine Bremer Muggli announced last week that they will not run.

Gov. Tony Evers had initially set the special election for late January, with a primary election between Christmas and New Year's, but was later told by the federal Justice Department that the dates violated the law.  Evers has not announced new dates for the election.

The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of Duffy's term, which runs through the end of 2020.

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