Germantown, WI – Former State Senator Randy Hopper suspended his campaign for the 8th Senate District special election today and endorsed State Representative Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) for the seat. Rep. Knodl also announced his first round of endorsements from current and incoming state senators, including Sen. Kathy Bernier, Sen. Mary Felzkowski, Sen.-elect Romaine Quinn, Sen. Rob Stafsholt, and Sen. Duey Stroebel.

Rep. Knodl issued the following statement:

“I am grateful for the endorsement from these former and current colleagues. I enjoy good working relationships with my peers in the legislature, and I look forward to being an effective voice for the constituents of the 8th Senate District on important issues such as combating crime, growing our economy, reforming government, and empowering parents.”

The special election primary for the vacant 8th Senate District seat will occur on February 21st, with the special election taking place on April 4th, in alignment with the spring election.

Rep. Knodl is currently serving his eighth term in the State Assembly. He has served as Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Caucus Chair, and currently chairs the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. He grew up in Menomonee Falls, owned and operated Reef Point Resort in Hartford for over 30 years, and is a longtime resident of Germantown, where he raised four children and now enjoys his four grandchildren.

The 8th Senate District includes portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

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