Two running for 27th Assembly seat

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

Add another potential Republican primary to the Aug. 12 ballot.

Two candidates, both with ties to Plymouth, have announced their candidacy for the 27th Assembly District seat.

The position is being vacated by Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake, who earlier announced he would not be running for reelection. Kestell is completing his seventh term in Madison. He won election in 1998 to succeed Republican Clifford Otte by defeating Democrat Joe DeCecco, currently the Sheboygan County district attorney.

The two Republican candidates to succeed Kestell are Plymouth native Tyler Vorpagel, currently an aide to U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, and former Plymouth Alderperson Jackie Jarvis.

Jarvis, former director of city planning and development for the city of Sheboygan, just completed two terms on the Plymouth City Council, choosing not to run for re-election.

She is currently a grants associate at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac and is still currently a member of the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority.

Jarvis has not officially announced her candidacy, but has registered as a candidate with the state Government Accountability Board.

Vorpagel, a graduate of Plymouth High School, has worked since 2007 as an aide to Republican Petri, including the last three years as district director. He was elected as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Petri is not running for re-election this year and three Republicans – state Sen. Glenn Grothman and Rep. Joe Leibham and Duey Strobel – have announced they will run for the seat, which would necessitate a primary for that position.

“After the successful reforms of the past four years that have put our state’s fiscal house in order, I hope to be part of the next generation of conservative leadership needed in Madison,” said Vorpagel, who expressed thanks to Kestell for his years of service.

“I have truly been blessed to grow up in such a wonderful part of our state, and I will take our values of hard work, fiscal responsibility, and common sense,” Vorpagel said. “I want to make th sure that the citizens of the 27 have someone working hard for them in Madison.”

As of yet, no Democratic candidates have announced for the seat.

The district encompasses northern Sheboygan County and southern Manitowoc County.

The winner of the August primary will advance to the general election Nov. 4.

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