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UPDATE: One Democrat in race to replace Suder

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NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - The only Democrat in the special election to replace longtime Republican state Rep. Scott Suder said Thursday it will be a “hard race” but he disputes that District 69 is a so-called safe Republican district.

Kenneth Slezak of Neillsville and four Republicans have announced candidacies to replace Suder, who resigned to take a higher paying job in state government. The special election is Nov. 19.

This district is considered Republican. It was Republican for Scott Suder. Everybody knew what they were getting," Slezak said in a telephone interview. "This is no longer true. In the past, we had Democratic legislators coming out of here.”

 The 64-year-old Slezak is retired after running an ice-making business associated with AC Locker for several years and running his own refrigeration servicing business.

Slezak, who served in the Army from 1970 to 1972, unsuccessfully sought a seat on the Clark County Board last spring.

One of Slezak's key issues is the improvement of rural roads, he said. “Everybody keeps talking about jobs, but the dairy industry in this area is very important. Bridges and roads need to be updated to handle what is going over them. That is important to our economy.”

The four Republicans in the race are Granton bar and grill owner Tom Dahlen, Marshfield attorney Alanna Feddick, Stratford businessman Bob Kulp and former Marshfield alderman Scott Noble. A primary election is set for Oct. 22.

District 69 covers all or parts of four counties – Clark, Marathon, Taylor and Wood.


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Just one Democrat has filed to run for the Assembly seat formerly held by Scott Suder, while four Republicans are also seeking the job.

Kenneth Slezak of Neillsville has entered the race for the 69th Assembly District, according to online state election records. He is the only Democrat to file.

The deadline to file nomination papers was Tuesday.

Four Republicans have filed for the race – Granton bar and grill owner Tom Dahlen, Marshfield attorney Alanna Feddick, Stratford businessman Bob Kulp, and former Marshfield alderman Scott Noble.

Reid Magney, spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, said the official list of candidates won't be final until late Friday.

Gov. Scott Walker has called for a special election Nov. 19 to replace Suder, who stepped down to take a higher paying job with the state Public Service Commission. Suder had served in the legislature since 1998.

A primary election is scheduled for October 22.

District 69 covers all or parts of four counties – Clark, Marathon, Taylor and Wood.




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