MJS: GOP primaries to be held in recalls of Senate Democrats

June 21, 2011
Tom Tolan

Two Republicans have filed nomination papers in each of three recall elections against Democratic state senators, meaning that July 19 likely will be primary day in all three races, with final elections Aug. 16.

The deadline for filing nomination papers was 5 p.m. Tuesday; 400 valid signatures were required for filing.

In the 12th Senate District, represented by Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover), Kim Simac, a tea party leader from Eagle River, will face Robert Lussow of Tomahawk, who is chairman of the Lincoln County Board.

In the 22nd District, represented by Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie), Fred Ekornaas, Kenosha County Board vice chairman, faces Jonathan Steitz, an attorney with a Chicago-based law firm who previously ran an event and media production company.

In the 30th District, represented by Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) faces David VanderLeest of Green Bay, who ran the Hansen recall effort. Mary Scray, who earlier said she would run against Hansen, has since pulled her name from the race. She did not file Tuesday.

Because no Democratic candidates filed, the three incumbents will get to sit out the July 19 primaries and then take on the winners Aug. 16.