OSHKOSH/SHEBOYGAN - There are more names to know in the race for the 6th Congressional District.A Democrat is now vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, and another Republican announced his candidacy Tuesday.Mark Harris wants to be the first Democrat to represent the district in 37 years. He's the first Democrat to announce he's running this fall."I know it will be a tough race, but you can put together a coalition of Democrats, Independents and thoughtful Republicans, and this race can be won," said Harris.Harris was elected as Winnebago County Executive in 2005. He says if he becomes a congressman, his priorities would be increasing funding for Social Security, highway repairs, raising the minimum wage and college affordability.Petri announced earlier this month that he won't run for re-election. He has served in D.C. since 1979.State Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, also said Tuesday that he wants to take Petri's seat and make an impact in Washington."I listen to my constituents and then I work hard to help them to understand my conservative principles and why I think these principals are right not only for them, but for this state and nation as a whole," said Leibham.Leibham was elected to the state legislature in 1998. He wants to focus on cutting taxes, reducing the federal budget deficit and growing the nation's economy."And I know that I can be a reformer in Washington," he said.Two other Republicans announced their candidacies earlier this month: State Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and State Rep. Duey Stroebel of Saukville. The primary, now including Leibham, will be held on August 12.More candidates could enter the race. The deadline to get on the ballot for August or November is June 2.The 6th District includes parts of 11 counties in eastern and central Wisconsin.
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