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Governor indicates special election coming sooner than later


MADISON (WKOW) -- Amidst growing concern over a vacant Madison area legislative seat in the state assembly, Governor Walker said he would call for an election at a time when the greatest majority of district residents would be available to vote.

But Walker declined to identify a tentative voting date.

The seat was vacated in January when former representative Joe Parisi resigned to take office as Dane County executive.

In a news release Friday, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) complained about the lack of movement toward an election call.

"With the important policy matters moving quickly through the legislature, it is imperative that every person in Wisconsin has their voice represented."

Both candidates Dave de Felice and Vicky Selkow told WKOW27 the delay is regrettable,  with state budget debate soon to come in the assembly.  

"We're kind of in limbo right now,"   de Felice said.

Other candidates who have filed paperwork to compete for the position when an election is set are Bethany Ordaz,  Chris Taylor,  Patrick Miles,  Fred Arnold,  Andy Heidt and Spencer Zimmerman.

Walker referenced a possible preference to have the election this summer, but expressed little interest in timing his election call to allow the ballot to determine Parisi's successor to coincide with a July date in the possible recall of several state senators.

But Walker said he does not want the vacancy to linger much longer.

"We have to move on that pretty quickly."


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