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2nd Democrat joins race for Wis. 6th District seat

  • Associated Press
  • April 28, 2014 - 9:45 AM

OSHKOSH, Wis. — A second Democrat has entered the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Petri.

Petri announced earlier this month that he was not running for re-election to the congressional seat in eastern and central Wisconsin.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media reports (http://oshko.sh/1is32m3 ) that Gary Wetzel, a Ripon retiree, will vie for the Democratic nomination.

The 64-year-old Wetzel will run against Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris in the Democratic primary.

Wetzel says he doesn't expect to win, but he wants to give voters a choice.

Wetzel has a mechanical engineering degree and worked most recently as a substitute teacher.

Three Republicans also are running for the seat.

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