There were a couple of late surprises Friday as the candidates for the November election reached the deadline for filing completed nomination papers.
In the 1st Senate District, where Andre Jacque and Caleb Frostman will square off in a special election June 12 to fill the last seven months of Frank Lasee’s unexpired term, another Republican candidate emerged for the fall campaign.
Bill Nauta, commander of the Washington Island American Legion Post 402, declared his candidacy and submitted nomination papers for the seat just hours before the 5 p.m. deadline.
Jacque survived a Republican primary with Alex Renard to reach the June 12 ballot and, win or lose, will now face another primary on Aug. 14, with the winner advancing to the Nov. 6 general election.
No other Democrat emerged for the seat, so Frostman will be back on the ballot in November, when a full four-year term will be at stake.
Meanwhile, state Rep. Joel Kitchen, R-Sturgeon Bay, will face a challenge after all as he runs for a third two-year term in the state Assembly.
Roberta Thelen, a member of the Baileys Harbor Town Board, filed nomination papers in the 1st Assembly District. She registered as an independent candidate, although the Democratic Party of Door County helped get the word out that she was seeking signatures in recent days.