By Tim Kowols
Local Democrats got an extra boost of enthusiasm and hope this week after the party had two positive showings in special elections Tuesday. Patty Schactner captured the 10th District State Senate seat over Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow by 11 percentage points in an area that elected President Donald Trump in 2016 by 17 percentage points and her predecessor, Wisconsin’s new Agriculture Secretary Shelia Harsdorf, by 26 percentage points. With many federal and state offices on the ballot this fall, Kathleen Finnerty from the Democratic Party of Door County is confident the momentum can continue.
While local Democrats have candidates for governor, U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senate right now, no one in the party has announced possible runs for First District state Assembly and Senate. So far, only Republican Rep. Andre Jacque has announced his intention to run for the state Senate seat.