La Crosse, WI (WXOW)-- Voters in our area just elected a state senator less than a year ago, but this November they'll do it again.
La Crosse's 32nd Senate District seat is now held by Democrat Jennifer Shilling. She defeated Republican Dan Kapanke in a special recall election last August. This fall she'll be on the ballot against former La Crosse County Republican Chair Bill Feehan. So that'll be two elections in just more than a year.
Shilling says the campaigning feels endless, although her preparations for this race have been different than those of last August.
"Last year it was kind of a sprint of a campaign. It began in April, the election was in August," Shilling said. "This is a little more normal and traditional timeline of a campaign and collecting nomination signatures and then campaigning throughout the summer. It's not quite as intense as far as the time to get out there and meet people in a very short time."
Shilling says she'll spend much of her summer campaigning at area fairs and walking in parades, all with the hopes of meeting with and talking to her constituents.
Meanwhile her challenger, Bill Feehan is also busy campaigning. Feehan says he's spending hours going door to door in what he hopes will soon be his district; trying to meet as many people as possible.
"It's a tremendous feeling to be able to go out everyday and just focus on talking to people about what their concerns are for this area and our state. I think this is going to be a very competitive race," Feehan said. "And we're working hard to get people to recognize my name and I think we're making progress everyday."
The 32nd district encompasses not just La Crosse County, but also Vernon, Monroe and Crawford Counties.
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