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Governor Evers has ordered a special election in the Wisconsin 7th Congressional District to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Representative Duffy. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Join us for a live stream debate between candidates, Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D).
The winner of the special election will serve from May 2020 to January 2021. To remain in office, he or she would need to win a partisan primary on August 11, 2020, and the district's regular election on November 3, 2020.
The debate will be co-moderated by Shereen Siewert, host of WPR's Wausau-based regional news and talk show 'Route 51', and Robin Washington, host of WPR's Superior-based regional issues show 'Simply Superior.'
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The debate will also be broadcast live on 90.9 and 101.3/Wausau, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, 100.9/Marshfield, 99.1/Stevens Point, AM 930/Auburndale, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River as well as WAOW/WYOW Televison's CW channel 9.2. The debate will be re-broadcast at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network and 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau on May 8, 2020.
Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas and Washburn Counties. It also includes portions of Chippewa, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe and Wood Counties.
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Tom Tiffany (R) has established deep roots in the 7th Congressional District over the past 30 years where he and his wife, Chris, have lived and raised their three daughters.
As a successful small business owner, Tom owned and operated Wilderness Cruises for 20 years. Tom has also worked as a dam tender for 25 years on the Willow Flowage. He is a former town supervisor in the Town of Little Rice and served on the Oneida County Economic Development Board of Directors.
Most recently, Tom served one term in the State Assembly and is currently serving his second term as a State Senator for the 12th District.
Fighting for the Northwoods, Tom serves on a number of legislative committees including the Joint Finance Committee, which works on the state’s budget, and he is chairman of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry. Tom has worked to cut taxes by more than $13 billion, defend the lives of the unborn and ensure our 2nd Amendment rights are protected.
Tom grew up on a dairy farm near Elmwood, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls with a degree in agricultural economics. Now, Tom’s running for Congress because he knows the people of Northern and Western Wisconsin — not Washington bureaucrats — should be trusted to make the best decisions for their life. Tom knows that restoring freedom is the best path to create a prosperous America.
Tricia Zunker (D) is running for Congress to be a voice for the people of northwest Wisconsin – people like the family farmers and working people she comes from, with roots in the Wausau area going back generations.
Tricia learned the importance of hard work and a fair day’s pay from her family: her mother, who is a proud union member (USW Local 2-224) for over thirty years, including serving over a decade as union secretary; her father who was a laborer with specialty carpentry skills; and her grandfather, who farmed in the Town of Easton (Wausau), Wisconsin, after serving in the US Army. He also served 36 years in the Army Reserves and retired as a Master Sergeant.
The first in her family to graduate from college, Tricia went on to law school and became a practicing attorney and law professor. In 2013, she was elected by her People, the Ho-Chunk Nation, to serve as Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court. She was re-elected to that position in 2017.
In 2018, Tricia was elected to the Wausau School Board and currently serves as board president. On the school board, she works hard to ensure that all children receive a good education, regardless of background, economic status, or family circumstances. She is also an advocate for policies that improve staff morale and treat teachers like the professionals they are.
From her office in Wausau, Tricia teaches remotely as a professor at three institutions. In each of these academic environments, she works with non-traditional students, helping them achieve their academic goals that would not be possible in a typical brick and mortar setting.
Tricia spends her free time with her son exploring train museums (his passion), listening to live music, or simply relaxing at home in Wausau with their rescue pup, Diesel.