Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee.

Dem state Rep. David Bowen has suspended his campaign for lieutenant governor, saying he is still grieving over his mother’s death.

Bowen’s mother passed away in March, and he told WisPolitics.com he realized the time he had taken away from the campaign was too much to make up.

“I’ve definitely seen some other friends that have gone through campaigns. And they’ve pushed through losing really close loved one and parents, and this just reminded me that my capacity to be able to get this one wasn’t there like I wanted to, not right now,” Bowen said.

His decision leaves two Dems in the race: Peng Her, of Madison, and state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, of Brookfield.

Meanwhile, eight Republicans filed nomination papers by yesterday’s deadline: David King, a regular candidate for office from Milwaukee; Will Martin, who served in Scott Walker’s cabinet; state Sen. Roger Roth, of Appleton; state Sen. Pat Testin, of Stevens Point; Lancaster Mayor David Varnman; Cindy Werner, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for the 4th CD in 2020; Jonathan Wichmann, a Franklin businessman; and Kyle Yudes, of Eau Claire.

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