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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Assemblywoman Kitty Rhoades will face another Republican in a primary, Congressman Ron Kind will be in a three-way race in November and 10 candidates are vying for the assembly seat held Barbara Gronemus.

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First-term assembly members Ann Hraychuck, District 28, and John Murtha, District 29, will also be opposed in November.

Tenth District State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, a Republican from River Falls, is challenged by Democrat Alison H. Page, River Falls.

That's according to candidate registration reports posted by the Wisconsin State Elections Board. The deadline for filing nomination papers and completing the registration process was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Kind, a Democrat from La Crosse who has represented the Third Congressional District since 1996, is challenged by Republican Paul Stark, Eau Claire, and Libertarians Kevin Barrett, Lone Rock, and Ben Olson III, Wisconsin Dells.

Because two of Kind's challengers are Libertarians, they will face off in a primary election in September.

Rhoades, a Republican from Hudson, is being challenged by Republican Bob Hughes, 123 1/2 S. Main St., River Falls, and Democrat Sarah A. Bruch, 645 Cherry Hill Ln., Hudson.

Rhoades and Hughes will face off in a primary election Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Though four other assembly districts have either six or seven candidates each, the 91st District has the most.

While 12 people registered for the seat now held by Gronemus, who is retiring after 26 years in the assembly, just 10 met the registration deadline.

Though Democrat John Kimmel, Arcadia, met the filing deadline, there is a question as to whether some of the nomination signatures submitted for him will be accepted by the Elections Board, said a spokesman Monday.

Six of the District 91 candidates are Democrats and two are Republicans, so there will be primaries for both parties.

These are the District 91 candidates:

--Democrats, Marge Baecker, Independence; Steve Boe, Taylor; Remy Ceci, Pepin; Chris Danou, Trempealeau; James K. Kraft, Durand; and Kimmel.

--Republicans, David Anderson, Whitehall; and Dave Hegenbarth, Galesville.

--Libertarian, Ted Burleson, Fountain City.

--Independent, Paul A. Beseler, Ettrick.

The candidates in District 28 are Hraychuck, a Democrat from Balsam Lake, and Kent Muschinske, a Republican from Dresser. Lauren Stephens, Somerset, who registered as a Republican candidate, didn't submit nomination signatures, according to the Elections Board documents.

In District 29, Murtha, a Republican, is challenged by two Democrats and a Libertarian. The Democrats are Chris Buckel, Hammond, and L. John Peters, Menomonie. The Libertarian is Craig Mohn, Woodville.

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