Votes made by Republican members of the state Senate and Assembly earlier this month could inspire competition in future races according to Door County Democratic Chairperson Will Gregory. Assemblymember Joel Kitchens and state Senate-elect Andre Jacque were among those casting votes shifting some of the power previously given to the governor back to the Wisconsin Legislature. Democrats decried the move as a power grab from Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. Republicans said the session restored balance between the two branches. Door County Democratic Party Chairperson Will Gregory says time will tell if the session translates into candidates.
Door County Democrats did not have a candidate for the First Assembly District during the 2018 election, instead throwing their support behind independent candidate Roberta Thelen. State Senator Caleb Frostman lost his chance to become the first Democrat to serve a full term in the seat in more than 40 years.