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Evers Announces Date for 7th Congressional District Special Election

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 23, 2019 10:40 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has announced a date for the special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Rep. Sean Duffy.

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In a news release, Evers said the special election will occur on January 27, 2020. A primary will occur on December 30, 2019, if necessary. 

Duffy's resignation became official at 5:00 on Monday. Gov. Evers will now issue an order for the special election following Duffy’s resignation.

“Our rural communities have been directly affected by unproductive trade wars, political attacks on healthcare and public education, and economic uncertainty because of the volatility we’re seeing in Washington, D.C.,” Gov. Evers said in the release. “The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District deserve to have a voice in Congress, which is why I am calling for a special election to occur quickly to ensure the people of the 7th Congressional District have representation as soon as possible. I thank Rep. Duffy for his service and wish him and his family all the best,” Evers added.

Republican state senator Tom Tiffany of north central Wisconsin announced his candidacy to run for the 7th Congressional District seat back on September 11.

“I look forward to showing the people of the 7th Congressional District why I am the best candidate to serve as their Congressman. My experience running a small business and my record of reforms and results speak volumes. The people of Northern and Western Wisconsin deserve Wisconsin-style reforms in Washington. They won’t accept the status quo and neither will I,” Tiffany said in a statement about Evers calling for the special election.

Democrat Nick Milroy who represents northwestern Wisconsin in the State Assembly has also been discussed as a potential candidate. On Monday he told WDIO News he is still deciding whether he is going to run. He says he has worked with both Republicans and Democrats during his time in the state legislature, and says this would serve him well in Congress. 

"I think they would see a hardworking congressperson that's going to do everything they can to try to improve the lives of people of northern Wisconsin," said Milroy. "I think people are looking for somebody that is more independent, that's willing to work with both sides of the aisle to get things done to try to make people's lives better," he added.

Milroy adds the biggest hurdle for him right now in deciding whether to enter the race is the amount of time he would be away from his kids. He says he will decide within the next week whether he is going to run. 

State law dictates when the governor can order a special election. Once a congressional seat becomes vacant, the governor can order a special election.

No special election can occur between February 1, 2020, and April 7, 2020, unless it aligns with the nonpartisan spring election.

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