Field doubles in 10th Senate District race

Dec. 19 primaries in both parties

Gregg Westigard | Staff writer

WESTERN WISCONSIN – There are now six candidates running for the vacant 10th District state Senate seat. Two Democrats, Reuben Herfindahl and John Calabrese, and Libertarian Brian Corriea filed their nomination papers as the filing period closed Tuesday, Nov. 21. They joined the previously announced candidates, Republicans Shannon Zimmerman and Adam Jarchow and Democrat Patty Schachtner, in the contest to replace Sheila Harsdorf. There will now be primary contests Tuesday, Dec. 19, in both the Republican and Democratic parties to decide who will be the candidates in the Jan. 16, 2018, special election.

The Republican Party primary will involve just Shannon Zimmerman and Adam Jarchow, both state Assembly members, representing two of the three House districts in Senate District 10. Jarchow, Balsam Lake, is serving his second term in the Assembly, District 28, and is an attorney. Zimmerman, River Falls, is also a member of the Assembly, District 30, in his first term, and founded a global language translation company. A third Republican, Ken Rimer, sought to enter the race but failed to collect enough signatures on his nomination papers.

The Democratic Party primary will include three candidates, Patty Schachtner, Reuben Herfindahl and John Calabrese. Schachtner, Somerset, is the chief medical examiner for St. Croix County and a Somerset school board member. Herfindahl, River Falls, is the CEO of a computer service company. Calabrese, Glenwood City, owns a woodworking/carpentry business.

Libertarian Party candidate Brian Corriea, Wilson, a Navy veteran, will not face a primary challenge and goes on the January ballot as the third candidate.

The special election was called Nov. 10, the same day Harsdorf, who was appointed secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, resigned her Senate seat. Prospective candidates were given 11 days to collect the required minimum of 400 signatures on their nominations by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, and gain a spot on the ballot.

The 10th Senate District includes most of Burnett, Polk and St. Croix counties, plus parts of Dunn and Pierce counties. It stretches 75 miles, from Webster in the north to Menomonie and River Falls in the south, and also includes the cities of Hudson, New Richmond, Amery and St. Croix Falls. It is divided into the 28th, 29th and 30th Assembly districts.


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Each of the six candidates is developing an internet site where they are expressing their thoughts on the issues, presenting their personal stories, listing their endorsements and asking for volunteer help.

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