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Kapanke challenges Shilling for WI Senate seat

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Dan Kapanke is getting back into the political game.

Kapanke announced Wednesday morning that he is entering the race for the 32nd Senate seat currently held by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.

It isn't the first time these two have battled.

The first time was when Shilling beat Kapanke in a recall election in 2011 that targeted several senators over the Act 10 legislation that was passed in Madison.

The second time was in 2016 when Democrat Shilling was facing re-election. In that contest, Shilling edged Republican Kapanke by 56 votes.

Kapanke was first voted into the state senate in the 2004 elections.

"Now more than ever the people of Western Wisconsin need a voice in Madison. One that knows our values, our concerns, and our needs, Kapanke said in a statement released by his campaign.” "I was born and raised here, and had the honor of serving my neighbors and friends in the past. I will again be that person you can count on to represent you."

Besides his time in the political arena, Kapanke is best known as the owner of the La Crosse Loggers baseball team.

His formal announcement comes Wednesday evening at an event at the Republican Party office in Onalaska.

The 32nd Senate District comprises all of La Crosse and Crawford counties along with portions of Vernon and Monroe counties.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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