The 69th Assembly district has a new representative in Madison. Tuesday night, Republican Bob Kulp won the race beating out Democrat Ken Slezak and Independent Tim Swiggum.
"It's been super exciting. It's been a long race and it's a lot of fun to be on this side of it. And now I’m really looking forward to getting the concerns of this district to Madison," said Kulp.
Kulp, a Stratford businessman, says he has a lot to offer in Madison.
"I think that problem solving aspect of what I bring to the table will be valuable," said Kulp.
The seat opened earlier this year when former Majority Leader Scott Suder stepped down to take another job. Kulp tells Newsline 9 he can't wait to get to work.
"The concerns certainly are job creation and I really want to look at seeing if we can instill a little faith and trust back in government," said Kulp.
His other opponents say they called Kulp to congratulate him.
"Bob Kulp is going to be our next assemblyman, and he has a job to do and I’m sure he will do his best," said democratic candidate Ken Slezak.
Slezak is a veteran and is also a small business owner. Even though he lost, he says he's looking forward to seeing what Kulp can accomplish in office.
Independent Tim Swiggum also ran, winning nine percent of the vote.
"We all got along very well and wish each other well. I congratulated Bob Kulp and hope that we can work with him in the future," said Swiggum.
With the votes now cast... Kulp is the unofficial winner. He says he's ready to take this next step.
Kulp will finish out Scott Suder's term, which runs until the end of next year.
With 100% of precincts reporting, here are the unofficial totals:
Kulp: 4,697 votes
Slezak: 1,677 votes
Swiggum: 607 votes
District 69 covers all or parts of three counties - Clark, Marathon and Wood.