MADISON (WKOW) -- There will be a number of new faces in the State Assembly when its next session convenes in January of 2013.
Democrat Diane Hesselbein will represent District 79, which covers parts of Middleton and Waunakee. She defeated Ellen Lindgren 66-34 percent in the primary election. No Republican is running in that district.
Democrat Melissa Sargent moves on to the general election in District 48, covering much of Madison's eastside. She ran unopposed in the primary and will face Libertarian candidate Terry Gray in November.
Several other local districts will have general elections pitting non-incumbents against one another.
In District 47, former Monona Mayor Robb Kahl defeated Amanda Hall 68-32 percent to win the Democratic Primary. Kahl will move on to face Republican Sandy Bakk, who ran unopposed. District 47 includes Monona, along with McFarland and parts of Fitchburg and Blooming Grove.
The most tightly contested primary race came in District 80, where former District 79 Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts (D) defeated Joe Wineke (D) 49-43 percent. Pope-Roberts moves on to face Republican Tom Lamberson, who ran unopposed.
In the new District 78, Rep. Brett Hulsey, who formerly represented District 77, coasted to an easy victory in the Democratic primary, defeating Christopher Fisher, 91-9 percent. He will face Green Party opponent Jonathan Dedering in the general election.
In other races of note, two incumbent Milwaukee Democrats will not return to Madison. Rep. Peggy Krusick lost her District 7 seat to Daniel Reimer, by a 67-33 percent margin. In District 11, Mandela Barnes defeated incumbent Rep. Jason Fields.
In the race for the open State Senate District 6 seat, vacated by Sen. Spencer Coggs, Nikiya Harris scored a victory in the Democratic primary. Harris captured 48 percent of the vote in a five person field. She will not face a general election opponent in the Milwaukee-based district.
Meanwhile, Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) fought off a tea party challenger in District 14, defeating David Eiler 77-23 percent.
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