New faces to join Legislature’s ranks


Of the 11 candidates who won open legislative seats in contested races this week, three are Democrats -- one of whom used to be a state representative.
That’s Jeff Smith, who will take the place of Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, come January. Smith used to represent the 93rd district in the state Assembly from 2007 to 2011.
There’s also Dem Jodi Emerson, who won a four-way primary in August, and bested Republican Echo Reardon Tuesday to take over the 91st AD, a seat that is currently held by outgoing Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire.
The final newly elected incoming lawmaker who is a Dem is Roby...

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