Five Republicans file for 89th Assembly special election
By Press Times Staff
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN – The number of Republicans on the 89th Assembly District special election primary ballot Feb. 16 reached five before last week’s filing deadline.
David Kamps, Coleman, filed nomination papers with more than 200 valid signatures to be placed on the Republican primary ballot, along with: Suamico Village Trustee Michael Schneider; Elijah Behnke, who lives near Oconto in Pensaukee and currently owns and operates a residential cleaning business; Michael Kunesh, a licensed real estate agent who owns Place Perfect Realty in Marinette and Green Bay; and Debbie Jacques, who currently owns Under the Lights of Lambeau, a rental property by the stadium.
The top primary vote-getter among the five Republicans will advance to the April 6 general election to face the lone Democrat in the race, Marinette County Supervisor Karl Jaeger, who lost last November’s general election to the 14-year Republican incumbent, John Nygren.
Prior to the new two-year term beginning this month, Nygren announced his resignation in early December and became the executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans.
The now-vacant Assembly seat, which includes portions of Brown, Oconto and Marinette counties, will have a new representative finish out the remainder of the term upon the special election winner taking office.