Fall legislative campaigns under way
Changes in district lines
by Gregg Westigard
Leader staff writer
BURNETT & POLK COUNTIES – The campaigns are underway for the state legislative seats for Burnett and Polk Counties. For most residents of the counties there will be familiar names on the ballot but in a few areas, the district boundaries have changed.
The November 6th election will include the election of all members of the Assembly and half the state senate members. For this area that includes the seats held by Senator Sheila Harsdorf and Representatives Erik Severson, Nick Milroy, and Roger Rivard. The boundary changes affect the residents of LaFollette, Dewey, and Roosevelt in Burnett County and of Beaver and the town and village of Clear Lake in Polk County.
LaFollette and Dewey are now part of assembly district 73, the seat held by Milroy. The towns had been represented by Severson. Rivard, in district 75, is picking up Roosevelt in Burnett County and the Clear Lake area and losing Beaver. That town is now in district 28, the Severson seat.
Senate district 10
Senator Sheila Harsdorf, Republican, is running for re-election for a fourth four year term in district 10. She is being challenged by Daniel Olson. The district includes the southwest half of Burnett County, most of Polk County, most of St. Croix County, and parts of Dunn and Pierce Counties.
Assembly district 28
Representative Erik Severson, Republican, is seeking his second term in district 28 which includes half of Burnett County, most of Polk County, and the Somerset area of St. Croix County. His Democratic Party opponent is Adam Bever. The district lines for the 2012 election are very similar to the present lines. Three towns in Burnett County have been moved to other districts and Beaver has been switched for the Clear Lake area in Polk County.
Assembly district 73
Representative Nick Milroy, Democrat, is unopposed in his bid for a third term in the assembly. The district includes the northeast half of Burnett County, the north half of Washburn County, and most of Douglas County. The only change in the area lines was the addition of the towns of LaFollette and Dewey.
Assembly district 75
Representative Roger Rivard, Republican, faces Stephen Smith in his run for a second term in district 75. The district includes Roosevelt in Burnett County, McKinley, Johnstown, and the town and village of Clear Lake in Polk County, all of Barron County, and small parts of St. Croix and Dunn Counties.
Senate district 10
Assembly districts 73 and 75 are parts of the huge senate district 10 represented by Senator Bob Jauch. Jauch, a Democrat, is in the middle of his seventh term and is not up for election until 2014. The district runs from Barron County north to Superior, heads east to Hurley and the Michigan border and south to Price County.