Many Assembly Seats Are Uncontested

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

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.


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