Brandtjen launches 8th SD bid; 3 Republicans now vying for suburban Milwaukee seat

Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, addresses attendees of an "election integrity" rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Photo by Ruthie Hauge, The Capital Times

State Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, announced she's running for the open 8th SD in this spring's special election, vowing to "continue to fight for the principles that every American shares."

Brandtjen is the third Republican to formally declare for the race. Her announcement Monday comes after her Assembly GOP colleagues voted to bar her from closed caucus and amid the expectation that Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, will strip her of chairing the Campaigns and Elections Committee.

Her campaign website proclaims, "Unafraid to ruffle feathers in the political establishment an...

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