Your ballot for the August primary will have more names than you will actually need, thanks to a recent string of campaign announcements. On Friday, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski became the latest Democratic candidate to bow out of the race for the U.S Senate. Milwaukee Bucks owner Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson did the same thing earlier this week, with all three throwing their support behind Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. He will likely oppose current U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in the fall general election.
In other primaries that may appear on your ballot, the Republican nomination for Wisconsin governor remains a three-horse race after Kevin Nicholson suspended his campaign in early July. Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Michels, and Timothy Ramthun are still in the race, with Michels picking up an endorsement from former President Donald Trump and Kleefisch earning the nod from former Vice President Michael Pence.
Closer to home, State Rep. Joel Kitchens and Milt Swagel are running for the Republican nomination for the First District Assembly seat. The winner will face Roberta Thelen in the general election. Kitchens, Swagel, and Thelen all participated in a candidate forum held at Southern Door High School earlier this month. The League of Women Voters of Door County hosted and recorded the event. The August partisan primary is on August 9th, with the winners advancing to the general election on November 8th.