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Delavan man to run in 31st District

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Margaret Plevak
June 5, 2012
— Ryan J. Schroeder filed his declaration of candidacy papers Friday for the newly configured 31st Assembly District, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

He will run as a Democrat.


Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, who represents the 45th District, earlier declared her candidacy for the 31st.


Schroeder, 37, a lifelong Delavan resident, said the Republican-proposed changes in redistricting played a role in his decision to run.


"I'm tired of seeing what's been done at the state capitol in terms of the way the redistricting lines were drawn—behind closed doors—that has really done a disservice to residents, particularly by cutting in half the Delavan-Darien School District," Schroeder said.


"I think certainly a lot of people would rather have a representative from Walworth County running in this position, rather than someone who doesn't know these communities. I'm up to taking on the challenge."


Schroeder is chief of staff to Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee.


This spring, Schroeder ran for Delavan mayor but was defeated by incumbent Mel Niewuenhuis.


Schroeder served on the Delavan City Council from 1999 to 2009 and 2011 to the present. He has served as council president and vice president.


Loudenbeck is a first-term Republican who is a former town of Clinton supervisor.


Rep. Stephen L. Nass, R-Whitewater, now in the 31st District, will run in the 33rd District this fall, and faces Democrat Scott Allan Woods and Libertarian Terry Virgil.


The 31st Assembly District has been redrawn to include more of central and northern Walworth County, as well as western Rock County and parts of Jefferson County.



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