WEAC-recommended candidate Caleb Frostman won election to Senate District 1 in a special election Tuesday. His victory attracted national attention because Frostman, a Democrat, won in a district that went for Donald Trump by more than 17 points two years ago and for Scott Walker by 23 points in 2014. The district has been held by Republicans for over 40 years. Frostman will replace Republican Frank Lasee who resigned to take a job in the Walker administration. Frostman’s victory reduces the Republican majority in the Senate to 18-15. In recommending Frostman, of Sturgeon Bay, WEAC noted that he:
- Supports investments in our public schools and technical colleges.
- Advocates for affordable healthcare and childcare for Wisconsin workers.
- Is a product of Wisconsin’s public schools and universities.
- Is former Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, with experience in commercial real estate finance.
WEAC-recommended candidate Ann Groves Lloyd of Lodi lost in her bid for the Assembly District 42 seat in the June 12 special election. Because both these were special elections, the seats will be up for election again in November.
“Wisconsin educators are fired up, and we have a real chance to elect more senators who value public schools to the State Senate this year,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “If Democrats pick up two more Senate seats this fall, they will take back the majority and restore democracy rather than what we’ve seen in the reign of this governor and his followers.”
Nine Republican senators are being challenged in the fall elections, and Democrats are challenging Republicans in 91 of the 99 Assembly seats up for election this fall.