- The dust has settled after Tuesday’s primary elections. Now the real campaigning begins.
Locally, democratic state Senator Jim Holperin plans to retire at the end of his term.
Two candidates face off for the next few months to take his spot: Democratic Phelps lawyer Susan Sommer and current 34th Republican Assemblyman Tom Tiffany.
Susan Sommer scored a victory in Tuesday's democratic primary, defeating Tomahawk's Lisa Theo by nearly 1,700 votes.
Sommer wants to show people in the southern part of the state what it means to live here.
"I don't think that the Madison and Milwaukee people have any clue what it means to live here," Sommer said. "What our values are, what our ethics are, what drives us to live here and stay here. I want people to understand that because we are an incredibly special place."
A political newcomer, Sommer won't support mining in Northern Wisconsin.
"Jobs are crucial," Sommer explains. "We need jobs here in the 12th state senate district. Our business is also driven by our conservation ethic and our tourism industry. Mining, that type of mining has no place in our district. We can not give up our clean water and our clean air. That's going to be the reality."
Meanwhile, Tom Tiffany got a headstart campaigning - running unopposed on the GOP side.
The Northwoods is known for forestry and tourism, but he thinks broadband is just as important.
"How do we spread that here in the Northwoods? I have a plan for that," Tiffany said.
Fiscal responsibility remains crucial - but jobs is number one. Tiffany supports mining to create jobs.
"Keeping taxes in check," Tiffany said. "Having a reasonable regulatory environment - not sacrificing standards like our environmental standards but making sure we steamline those processes as much as possible. That's what businesses are looking for. They want certainty in the business climate so they can invest in northern Wisconsin and bring jobs to the state and to the north."
Voters decide in November, but both are confident they can win.
"I know I will [win]," Sommer says.
"We expect to win this election," Tiffany says.