Republican enters race for 2nd District
BELOIT The first Republican to declare his candidacy for the 2nd District seat in Congress did so in Beloit on Wednesday.
Chad Lee is a Mount Horeb businessman who ran against incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin in 2010. He lost the better-financed Baldwin in a district that leans strongly Democratic.
Lee also made his announcement in Sun Prairie and Mount Horeb on Wednesday.
The 2nd District comprises Dane, Green, Iowa, Sauk and Lafayette counties and the western half of Rock County, including Beloit but not Janesville.
The district no longer includes Jefferson County and Whitewater, which are now in the 5th District.
Baldwin is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl.
Four Democrats from Dane County have declared their intentions to run to replace Baldwin in the House. They are Assembly representatives Kelda Helen Roys and Mark Pocan, UW Law School graduate and Iraq War veteran Matt Silverman and Dane County Treasurer Dave Worzala.
The primary election is Aug. 14.