After winning their August primaries, these six legislative candidates face no general election opponents in November and are all but guaranteed to join the next Legislature.
WisPolitics.com compiled brief biographical information about each of the likely legislators-to-be.
Name: Marisabel Cabrera
District number and area of state: AD 9, Milwaukee-area
Age: 42; born Dec. 12, 1975
Occupation: Immigration attorney
Political experience: Vice chair of Milwaukee’s Police and Fire Commission; former chair of the state Dem Party’s Latino Caucus. Previously ran for the 9th AD in 2016, but lost by 149 votes.
Primary results: Cabrera beat incumbent Dem Rep. Josh Zepnick 65.5 percent to 34.5 percent in the Aug. 14 primary.
Candidate website: https://www.votemarisabel.com/
See more: https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/zepnick-says-hes-moved-past-sexual-assault-allegations-challenger-cabrera-disagrees/
Name: LaKeshia Myers
District number and area of state: AD 12, Milwaukee-area
Age: 34; born May 21, 1984
Occupation: School support coach with Milwaukee Public Schools
Political experience: Previously worked for state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, as a legislative aide.
Primary results: Myers topped incumbent Dem Rep. Fred Kessler with 61.7 percent of the vote to Kessler’s 38.3 percent.
Candidate website: http://myers4assembly.com/
See more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgB4tlQ2yxY
Name: Kalan Haywood
District number and area of state: AD 16, Milwaukee-area
Age: 19; born June 5, 1999
Occupation: College student at Cardinal Stritch University
Political experience: Former intern for Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Ald. Milele Coggs; former president of the City of Milwaukee Youth Council.
Primary results: Haywood won the five-way Dem primary with 37.5 percent of the vote for the open 19th AD, which is being vacated by outgoing Dem Rep. Leon Young. Finishing second was Supreme Moore Omokunde, the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, who pulled in 33.5 percent. Haywood is on track to be the youngest legislator currently serving in Wisconsin, and the second youngest person ever elected. He’s 15 days younger than former Dem state Rep. Michael Elconin, who also was 19 when he won election in 1972, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau.
Candidate website: https://www.haywood4assembly.com/
See more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfoRVFctINs
Name: Tim Ramthun
District number and area of state: AD 59, northeastern Wisconsin
Age: 61; born 1957
Occupation: Executive business management consultant at National Consulting
Political experience: Current member of the Kewaskum School District Board of Education; previously ran for the 59th AD in 2014, but lost a four-way primary to GOP state Rep. Jesse Kremer, who is vacating his seat this year to return to the private sector.
Primary results: Ramthun won a four-way primary for the seat with 34.4 percent of the vote over his GOP opponents: Stockbridge Village Board member Ty Bodden, teacher Rachel Mixon and retiree Ken Depperman.
Candidate website: https://ramthunforwisconsin.com/
See more: https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/59th-ad-gop-primary-candidates-share-transportation-funding-ideas/; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skHejCPyGZs
Name: Shelia Stubbs
District number and area of state: AD 77, Madison
Age: 47; born Feb. 22, 1971
Occupation: Dane County supervisor
Political experience: Former state Dem Party Black Caucus chair; first vice president of the NAACP Madison branch.
Primary results: Stubbs won a four-way primary for the seat, held by outgoing Dem Rep. Terese Berceau, with nearly 50 percent of the vote. Immigration attorney Shabnam Lotfi got 36.1 percent, while Wisconsin Environmental Initiative Executive Director John Imes had 7.9 percent and Wisconsin Brewers Guild Executive Director Mark Garthwaite pulled in 6.2 percent. Stubbs’ win all but assures she will be the first African-American from Dane County elected to the state Legislature.
Candidate website: https://sheliastubbs.com/
See more: https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/77th-ad-dem-primary-candidates-have-varied-experience-different-priorities/; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYhwtSekR9w
Name: Staush Gruszynski
District number and area of state: AD 90, Green Bay
Age: 33; born Feb. 13, 1985
Occupation: Brown County supervisor
Political experience: Former Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters political director, previously volunteered for Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz’s 2006 campaign and Dem 6th CD candidate Jessica King’s 2008 campaign.
Primary results: Gruszynski ran unopposed in the Dem primary for the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Eric Genrich, who was elected mayor of Green Bay. He’s also the nephew of Stan Gruszynski, a former House candidate and state rep who held a seat in the Stevens Point area from 1985-95.
Candidate website: http://staushforassembly.com/