Former Local Assemblyman Running For State Senate Seat

A former local assemblyman has thrown his hat in the ring for state senate. Democrat Jeff Smith of Eau Claire County has registered as a candidate for the 31st State Senate seat currently held by Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma.


Smith represented the 93rd Assembly District from 2007 to 2011.


Senator Vinehout, a democrat, is running for governor.


"Well we have smart, experienced, powerful voices representing us now in the city of Eau Claire with Dana Wachs and Kathleen and I feel like I am in that same category. Strong voice, backbone, someone who has been there before, I know how to manage the people I’ll have to work with."


Smith is the first democrat to register as a candidate for the 31st Senate seat.


Mel Pittman, a republican from Plum City, has also registered.

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