A special election is set for Tuesday, January 16th to select a Sate Senator from Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District. This election is being held to fill the vacant seat left open by the resignation of Senator Sheila Harsdorf, who was appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker back in November. Harsdorf served as State Senator since 2001.
Three candidates will be on the ballot in next Tuesday’s election, the three having survived the December primary are: Libertarian candidate, Brian Corriea; Democratic candidate Patty Schachtner and Republican candidate Adam Jarchow. The winner will serve until January 4th, 2021.
The Wisconsin’s Tenth Senate District covers parts of Burnett, Polk and Pierce and most of St. Croix County, except Forest Township and part of Dunn County including the City of Menomonie, Villages of Downing, Boyceville, and Knapp.
Adam Jarchow, 39, is currently the representative of the 28th Assembly District and a Clear Lake native currently living outside of Balsam Lake with his wife Barbara and four-year-old twins. He serves on the Board of the Polk County Economic Development Corp and is a volunteer on the Apple River Fire Department.
Patty Schachtner, 57, of Somerset is currently the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. She and her husband, John, have six children and nine grandchildren. She has served on the Town of Star Prairie, Somerset School Board and is the Co-Founder of the Suicide Prevention Task Force of St. Croix County.
Brian Corriea of Wilson is a nine-year Navy veteran who graduated from Mondovi High School and is a husband and father of three.
In the last two elections for State Senator from the tenth district, Republican Sheila Harsdorf won by big majorities carrying over 58 percent of the vote in 2012 and collected 63 percent of the 89,359 votes casted in 2016 over her Democratic opponent Diane Odeen.