State Rep. Andre Jacque will be on the ballot for state Senate in November whether or not he wins a special election on June 12.
Jacque, R-De Pere, filed nomination papers Tuesday with 472 valid signatures, 72 more than the minimum, ensuring at least a spot in a Republican primary on Aug. 14.
Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, to file papers for the fall election cycle, setting up an awkward situation for those who want to succeed former Sen. Frank Lasee.
The June 12 election in the 1st Senate District will determine who will serve out the last seven months of Lasee’s unexpired term, but that person will immediately have to run for re-election with a deadline that falls even before the person is elected.
Democrat Caleb Frostman, who will face Jacque on June 12, has also registered as a candidate for November, as has Alex Renard, whom Jacque defeated in the May 15 Republican primary. The Wisconsin Elections Commission website indicated that neither Frostman nor Renard had submitted nomination papers as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
The winner Nov. 6 will claim a full four-year term in the state Senate.
Jacque and Frostman are scheduled to appear together at a forum from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Christie Theatre on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The university and Green Bay Press-Gazette are sponsoring the event.
Meanwhile, the potential for a crowded field exists in the 2nd Assembly District, where four-term incumbent Jacque chose to focus on his Senate run. Six candidates have filed campaign registration statements for the seat, which represents parts of Brown and Manitowoc counties.
Democrat Mark Grams of Two Rivers is the only one to file nomination papers so far in the 2nd District, but Mark A. Kiley of Two Rivers has also declared as a Democratic candidate. Also registered are Republicans Shae Sortwell of Two Rivers and Dean Raasch of De Pere, Libertarian Kevin Alan Bauer of De Pere, and independent Jeff Dahlke of Two Rivers.
State Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, filed papers Wednesday for a third term representing the 1st Assembly District, which includes Door and Kewaunee counties and northeastern Brown County. No Democrats have come forward as yet.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher has not yet filed for re-election, and Democrat Rahb J. Kettleson of Appleton has filed a declaration of candidacy to challenge him.