2006 Legislative Campaign by the Numbers
Posted: July 13, 2006
Updated: October 2, 2006
Updated from original posting to reflect changes made by the Elections and Ethics Boards. Changes are marked with an *.
Number of legislative districts up for reelection in 2006: 116 – 17 in the Senate and all 99 in the Assembly
Number of candidates on the ballot for all legislative districts: 243*
Number of seats left "open" by departing incumbents: 12 – one in the Senate and 11 in the Assembly. 10% of all districts.
Number of candidates on the ballot for the open seats: 49* – 20% of all candidates.
Number of Democratic candidates: 119*
Number of Republican candidates: 115*
Number of Libertarian candidates: 0
Number of Wisconsin Green Party candidates: Three
Number of Constitution Party candidates: One*
Number of Independents: Five
Number of incumbents with primary challengers: 13
Number of unopposed incumbents who are freshmen: Eight*
Number of incumbents unopposed in both the primary and November elections in 2004: 33 (15 Democrats and 18 Republicans).
Number of unopposed incumbents who were freshmen in 2004: Ten
Number incumbents unopposed in the both the primary and November elections in 2002: 38 (19 Democrats and Republicans each).
Number of unopposed incumbents who were freshmen in 2002: Five
Number of those incumbents running in "new districts" as a result of redistricting: Two
On July 19, the Elections Board removed 66th Assembly Democratic candidate JoEllyn Storz from the ballot. Following a challenge to her nomination papers, the Board concluded she did not have enough valid signatures.
In early August the Elections Board removed 12th Assembly Constitution Party candidate Colin Hudson from the fall ballot.
Two candidates who had too few signatures were added to the ballot in Assembly Districts 6 and 33 after correcting minor technical problems.
A write-in Democratic candidate in Assembly District 39 received enough votes in the September 12th primary to qualify for the November ballot. The incumbent in that district was originally unopposed.
|A02||Lasee, Frank (R)|
|A07||Peggy Krusick (D)|
|A08||Pedro Colon (D)|
|A09||Josh Zepnick (D)|
|A10||Annette Polly Williams (D)|
|A11||Jason M. Fields† (D)|
|A12||Frederick P. Kessler† (D)*|
|A15||Tony Staskunas (D)|
|A16||Andrew Parker or Leon Young± (D)|
|A18||Tamara D. Grigsby† (D)|
|A19||Jon Richards (D)|
|A20||Christine Sinicki (D)|
|A21||Mark Honadel (R)|
|A22||Sheldon Wasserman (D)|
|A24||Suzanne Jeskewitz± or John F.W. Weber (R)**|
|A27||Steve Kestell (R)|
|A35||Donald Friske (R)|
|A45||Chuck Benedict† (D)|
|A46||Gary Hebl† (D)|
|A52||John Townsend (R)|
|A53||Carol Owens± or Richard J. Spanbauer (R)**|
|A58||Pat Strachota† (R)|
|A59||Daniel R. LeMahieu (R)|
|A60||Mark Gottlieb (R)|
|A61||Robert Turner (D)|
|A64||James Kreuser (D)|
|A65||John Steinbrink (D)|
|A73||Frank Boyle± or Bruce Meyers (D)**|
|A76||Terese Berceau (D)|
|A77||Spencer Black (D)|
|A78||Mark Pocan (D)|
|A79||Sondy Pope-Roberts (D)|
|A81||Henry Sanders, Jr. or David Travis± (D)**|
|A82||Jeff Stone (R)|
|A84||Mark Gundrum (R)|
|A95||Jennifer Shilling (D)|
|A99||Don Pridemore† (R)|
|S03||Tim Carpenter† (D)|
|S13||Scott Fitzgerald (R)|
|S19||Michael Ellis (R)|
|S27||Jon Erpenbach (D)|
**Primary candidates. The winner faces no opposition in November.
±Incumbent in a primary. All unopposed candidates are incumbents.