Special Election Candidates Advance in Legislative Races

Here's a look at the fundraising and contributors to the Democratic and Republican candidates who won primaries on Tuesday in three special elections for vacant legislative seats. Candidates in two of the races – the 10th Senate District and the 58th Assembly District – will face off in a Jan. 16 election.

December 20, 2017

Here’s a look at the fundraising and contributors to the Democratic and Republican candidates who won primaries on Tuesday in three special elections for vacant legislative seats. Candidates in two of the races – the 10th Senate District and the 58th Assembly District – will face off in a Jan. 16 election.

In the 66th Assembly special election, Democrat Greta Neubauer, who raised about $38,400 through Dec. 4, defeated fellow Democrat John Tate II in the primary to win the seat outright because no Republican candidate entered the race.

In the 10th Senate race, Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, defeated fellow GOP Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, of River Falls. Go here to see Jarchow’s large individual and political action committee contributors between January and Dec. 4. So far, Jarchow has loaned or contributed nearly $51,000 of his own money to his campaign in the special election contest.

For more information about Jarchow’s career fundraising and spending, check his candidate campaign finance profile elsewhere on our site.

Jarchow will face Democrat Patty Schachtner, who defeated two other Democratic candidates in her 10th Senate primary. Go here to look at her contributors through Dec. 4.

In the 58th Assembly race, GOP candidate and Washington County Board member Rick Gundrum, who loaned his campaign $16,500, or 99 percent of the money he raised through Dec. 4, defeated two other Republican candidates in Tuesday’s primary.

The lone Democrat in the 58th Assembly race, Dennis Degenhardt, who raised about $3,000 through Dec. 4, and Gundrum will vie for the seat on Jan. 16.

The employer information for large donors to these special election candidates was added by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign because new campaign finance laws effective last year no longer require candidates to make that contributor information available to the public.

Previous state law required candidates to identify the employers and occupations of individuals who contributed more than $100 annually. Now, candidates only have to identify a large contributor’s occupation, which usually amounts to meaningless references, such as owner, president, executive, or businessman.

Employer data about contributors to legislative and statewide candidates is important because it shows the public the special interests that are supporting and influencing candidates. This information often goes a long way in explaining how elected officials vote on public policy and spending matters.

Contributions to these candidates can also be found in our searchable individual and PAC contributor databases.