By Tim Kowols
Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen is joining others in a call for a special election for a pair of seats in the Wisconsin Legislature, including one representing Door and Kewaunee County. In December, Keith Ripp left his seat representing the 42nd Assembly District and Frank Lasee vacated his role in the 1st Senate District, which covers Door and Kewaunee County, for jobs in Governor Scott Walker’s administration. Since then, constituents have called Senator Hansen’s office in addition to others to have their concerns heard until new legislators are elected in November and sworn in to office in January. Sen. Hansen says constituents should not have to go close to a year without full representation.
One suggestion by Senator Hansen is for the special elections be included on ballots this spring. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker spokesperson Tom Evenson said the governor’s decision to not hold a special election prior to November is consistent with state statute that requires one only if the legislators resigns in the same year as a regularly scheduled election.