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One candidate drops out of 69th Assembly special election


DORCHESTER, Wis. (WSAU) - On the day Governor Scott Walker announced the dates for a special election in the 69th Assembly District, one of the Republican candidates has withdrawn.

Dorchester Village Trustee and Clark County Republican Chairperson Deb Koncel has decided not to run for the seat vacated Tuesday by Republican Scott Suder. She has instead endorsed candidate Bob Kulp of Stratford.

Koncel released a statement Wednesday, saying she shares the same values and concerns for issues, and believes Kulp will be a positive and conservative voice in Madison.

So far, interest has been shown for the seat by Koncel and Kulp, along with former Marshfield Alderman Republican Scott Noble and Granton Republican Tommy Dahlen. As of Wednesday afternoon, Dahlen was the only candidate registered with the Government Accountability Board for the open seat.

If a primary election is necessary, it will be held October 22nd. The special election to finish the final year of Scott Suder’s term will be November 19th.

So far, no Democrats have registered for the race. During the last election, Paul Knoff of Neillsville was unsuccessful in challenging Scott Suder.

The 69th Assembly District includes western Marathon County, part of Wood County, and much of Clark County. It includes the following cities and villages: Marshfield, Neillsville, Loyal, Spencer, Owen, Colby, Abbotsford, Dorchester, Edgar and Stratford.