Legislative Special Election Results

Special elections were held last week on May 3 to fill the seats of three legislators who resigned to take jobs within the Walker Administration.

In Assembly District 94, which covers rural La Crosse County and parts of Monroe County, Democrat Steve Doyle beat Republican challenger John Lautz, 54 to 46 percent. Doyle, the current La Crosse County Board chair, will fill the vacancy left by Republican Rep. Mike Huebsch.

Republicans maintained the other two Assembly seats resulting in a net gain of one seat for the Democrats. Republicans currently hold a 59-38-1 majority with one Democrat-held seat vacant (to be filled by special election later this year).

Duey Stroebel defeated Democratic challenger Rick Aaron for the Assembly District 60 seat, which represents parts of Ozaukee and Washington counties. Stroebel, a real estate agent and Cedarburg School Board member, won the race with 76 percent. Stroebel will fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Mark Gottlieb, whom Walker appointed secretary of transportation in January.

The Assembly District 83 seat, which covers parts of Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties, went to Dave Craig, who worked as an aide for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. Craig beat Democratic challenger James Brownlow, a retired librarian, with 74 percent of the vote. Craig said he would work with Walker to cut more from state government.

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