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Local Democrats to Discuss Obey’s Seat This Weekend

Wisconsin Democrats should have a clearer idea who’s going to run for retiring Rep. David Obey’s (D) seat after the weekend.

Democrats say there will be plenty of meetings and conversations among prospective candidates to plot strategy for defending Obey’s 7th district, a large swath of northwestern Wisconsin that has a generic Democratic lean but where likely Republican nominee Sean Duffy now has a big head start.

Several current and former state legislators are mulling a campaign. State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D) and state Sen. Julie Lassa (D) are frequently mentioned.

Decker, who was first elected to the Senate in 1990, is up for re-election this year. He represents the Wausau area and some rural areas to the northwest.

Lassa, who represents Stevens Points and some other territory at the southern end of the 7th district, is not up for re-election this year. So she could run for Congress without surrendering her seat in the state Legislature.

State Rep. Donna Seidel, who represents the Wausau area, hasn’t completely ruled out a run for Congress, though she noted to Roll Call earlier in the week that she holds a leadership position in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.

One Democrat who won’t be joining the race is Wausau lawyer Christine Bremer.

“For me personally, it’s not my vocation to be a politician. It’s my vocation to be a lawyer,” Bremer said in an interview. “And so I am going to continue in my work, and I will do everything I can to help whomever the candidate is.”

Bremer said that there are strong potential candidates and that she’ll “wait and see, just like everyone else, who’s going to do it. I really don’t know.”

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