MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Even though the offices have lost nearly all their powers, interest remains high in running for secretary of state and treasurer.
Five secretary of state candidates and seven for treasurer filed signatures by Monday’s deadline to get on the ballot. The Government Accountability Board was accepting challenges to the signatures until Thursday and meeting June 10 to certify candidates for the Aug. 12 primary. The general election is Nov. 4.
In the secretary of state race, incumbent Doug La Follette was the only Democrat to file.
Two Republicans – state Rep. Garey Bies and Marc Julian Bradley – filed for the chance to take on La Follette. Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman and Libertarian Andy Craig also submitted signatures.
In the treasurer’s race, Republican incumbent Kurt Schuller isn’t seeking re-election.
Two Democrats – Dave Leeper and David Sartori – filed to replace him, as did Republicans Matt Adamczyk and Randall Melchert.
Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke, Libertarian Jerry Shidell and Green Party candidate Ron Hardy all filed as well.
While the powers of the two offices have slowly been eroded over the years, it takes a change to the state constitution to eliminate the offices. There have been attempts in recent years to do that, but no amendment has passed the Legislature.
Any amendment to eliminate an office would also have to be approved in a statewide election.