Many Assembly Seats Are Uncontested

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In the past 10 years, fewer people have chosen to run for the state assembly.

In the 2002 election, nearly half of the races were uncontested. That number is a significant increase from the 1982 elections, where only eight-percent of the incumbents went unchallenged.

The recent study by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance also found that senate seats remained the same, 70-percent uncontested, over the ten year time period.

One local legislator says it's not for lack of interest. "There's a lot of good candidates out here," says Rep. Larry Balow. "I've talked to a lot of people who would be more than willing to take a turn and run for the assembly, but they can't physically raise the money."

Balow also suggested the time commitment as a factor.

The study suggested a reason for lack of interest is the perception that the system is unfriendly for challengers.