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Little break for Wright in looking ahead to next campaignSubmitted: 09/20/2013
Little break for Wright in looking ahead to next campaign
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

WAUSAU - Mandy Wright went from middle school teacher to state representative less than a year ago.

But like many elected officials, the Wausau Democrat had to start thinking about her next election almost immediately.

It's part of what can seem like a never-ending cycle for lawmakers.

That's especially true for state representatives.

Their terms last just two years.

Wright will be up for reelection again in November 2014.

Last year, she beat Republican nominee and conservative talk show host Pat Snyder by fewer than 1,000 votes.

Wright expects another tough fight to keep her 85th Assembly District seat.

"I haven't heard yet about a candidate that's running against me, but I would be very surprised if the Republican Party does not work very hard to recruit a good candidate that they think can win in my district," she said.

Wright and Snyder's race was one of the three most expensive Assembly races in the state last year.

She might be gearing up for another expensive fight.

Wright already has raised $21,000 this year for her reelection.

That's far ahead of many others in the legislature.

For example, in our area, Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) raised about $5,000.

Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Tomahawk) raised just $41.

Rep. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) hasn't reached $600 yet.

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