(WXOW) - The race for Wisconsin's 94th Assembly District follows recent political trends. Incumbent Steve Doyle (D) brings his 32 years of political experience against businessman and relative newcomer to public office, Bruce Evers (R).
Both men cite their business skill as reason why they have the acumen to lead when the economy is the major issue for most voters. A financial adviser and former president and CEO of two Wisconsin banks, Evers worked 42 years in finance. He and his wife also own a small farming operation. Similarly, Doyle has operated his La Crosse law firm since 1988.
The stark contrast between these two comes in political experience. Doyle started as an intern for Congressman Al Baldus, worked full-time in the state legislature while attending law school and served on the La Crosse County Board for 25 years (including a decade as Chair). He most recently won last year's special election after long-time representative Mike Huebsch (R) resigned to join Gov. Scott Walker's administration.
On the other hand, this is only the second race for Evers. In 2010, he lost to Dan Kapanke in the Republican Primary for the 3rd Congressional District.
By itself, the outcome of this race won't change the partisan composition of the Assembly. The GOP holds a comfortable 58-39 advantage. The seat itself has a tradition of being a comfortable one. Huebsch held the office from 1994-2011, and before him Virgil Roberts (D) spent 22 of the 24 years prior in the office. Voters will decide Tuesday whether Doyle will continue the trend of a multi-term representative in the 94th or if the political winds are becoming more unpredictable in Western Wisconsin.
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