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Crowded field for 98th Assembly seat

7 people looking to run in race for Farrow's seat

Dec. 3, 2012

There are at least seven people interested in running for the 98th Assembly seat next spring.

The seat is expected to be vacated after Rep. Paul Farrow steps into the 33rd State Senate seat. Farrow won both the Assembly seat and the Senate primary Nov. 6. He is running unopposed in the Dec. 4 general election for the Senate seat.

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce a special election to fill the Assembly seat.

Eric Prudent (D), Adam Neylon (R), Todd Greenwald (R) and Matt Morzy (R) have all filed their intentions to run with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. Jeanne Tarantino (R), Edward Baumann (R) and Steve Edlund (R) have alsoexpressed interest.

Prudent, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was defeated by Farrow in November and continues to be the only Democrat candidate in the race.

In a statement, Prudent said that he's running because, "Over the past few years, I've experienced firsthand our state heading in the wrong direction. I've talked to Wisconsinites, listened to their concerns, their fears, and their hopes for the future of our state."

Neylon, small business owner and former aide to both state Rep. Bill Kramer and Congressman James Sensenbrenner, said he "will use (his) private-sector experience, along with a healthy dose of conservative common sense, to go to work fixing what's wrong with state government."

Greenwald, a project manager with experience in architecture andconstruction, issued a statement saying, "I really believe in what the governor and the Republican Party are doing for the State of Wisconsin, and I want to help. I think the people of the district believe it too, and they want a representative that wants to keep it moving in the right direction."

Morzy also said, in a prepared statement, "My dream is not to run for office, get elected and call it a day. I am doing this because I know that this is the best place for me in order to help out others. I am motivated to run now, because of what Gov. Walker and other elected Wisconsin Republicans have accomplished in the past two years."

Tarantino, the only woman running in the election, has worked as a chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch for two years and has recently worked in the Walker administration for job creation initiatives. She has not officially filed with GAB yet, but announced her candidacy in a news release, saying, "I've experienced firsthand how government regulation and red tape can get in the way of business expansion and innovation. We need legislators in Madison who will fight to cut taxes, trim bureaucracy and eliminated regulations that impede business growth while providing little to no benefit."

Baumann, Village of Pewaukee police chief, is throwing his hat into the ring. "Thirty-eight years ago, I stood before a group of men, the Pewaukee Police and Fire Commission, and said that my goal was to help people. My goal is still the same. … I'm not a politician. I want to get things done," Baumann said.

Steve Edlund, Waukesha School Board member, is also apparently testing the waters but was not available for comment.

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Weekend Happenings

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Spring Seedling Sale & Greenhouse Open House: 10 a.m. May 23, NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlings to plant in your home or community garden this spring will be for sale. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative.

Memorial Honor Celebration: 8 a.m. May 23, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. Daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by color guard and the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. Evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” on a big, outdoor screen.

"Small Space Container Gardens" Seminar: 11 a.m. May 23, Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Free educational seminar by gardening expert Melinda Myers. Melinda, who will also be available to answer gardening questions. Enter to win a $500 Ebert’s shopping spree with Melinda.

Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. May 23, Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846, Delafield. Children and their families will hike with a guide and a representative of the Delafield Library will share books, songs and a craft to enhance the experience. Meet at the Lapham Peak Tower. State park sticker is required.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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