Mason, WI – Following the recent announcement of Democrat Tricia Zunker’s campaign for the 7th Wisconsin Congressional District in northern Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley announced today that she is not planning to run for the seat formerly held by Congressman Sean Duffy. 


“I’m appreciative of the kind words of support I’ve received from friends and fellow Democrats in the north.” said Bewley “It is always flattering to be considered as a potential candidate for a seat like the 7th Congressional District, but at the end of the day I have to consider what is best for both my constituents in northwestern Wisconsin and for my myself. Therefore I have decided not to run in the special election called for by Governor Evers.” 


“I’m very pleased to see that a Democrat has recently announced their candidacy for this important seat.” Bewley continued “I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Tricia Zunker in the past and have been impressed with her grasp of the issues facing our northern cities, villages and towns. I find it all the more fitting that the candidate running to be the first Native American congressperson from Wisconsin chose to announce her candidacy on the first ever “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” here in this state. The 7th CD deserves a congressperson who understands the needs of our friends and neighbors and I look forward to seeing how her campaign unfolds in the coming months. I will continue to serve my own constituents here in the 25th Senate District by continuing to advocate for increased access to healthcare, supporting the “Better Cities Superior” initiative currently making its way through the legislature, and working to ensure that our rural northern schools are fairly funded.”


Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley is now in her second term representing the 25th Senate District in Northwestern Wisconsin. The 25th includes 13 counties in full or in-part: Douglas, Washburn, Barron, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Sawyer, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Dunn, and Vilas. 

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