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A Democratic contender enters Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District race

MADISON (WKOW) — A businessman and Vietnam veteran is throwing his hat into the race for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District special election on the Democratic side.

Lawrence Dale announced his plan to run early Monday morning. A press release from his campaign said he wants to bring good-paying jobs to the 7th Congressional District.

“I am running because this is a critical time in our nation’s history. The policies of the Trump Administration are endangering our democracy and the principals upon which our country was founded. We must defeat the Trump Administration and its corruption at the polls in this special election and again in November and restore the strength of our democratic institutions,” said Lawrence in a statement.

The election is to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned last month.

Several Republicans have also shown interest in running for the seat, including Jason Church, Michael Opela Sr., and Tom Tiffany.

The special election has caused controversy because Gov. Tony Evers originally set the date for Jan. 27, with a primary on Dec. 30.

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said that state and federal law conflict with each other, which made it an “impossible situation” to set the primary date. She says the governor is in consultation with both the state and federal departments of justice to set the new date.

Baldauff says the general election is now likely to be in April or May instead of January.

Associated Press contributed to this article.



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