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Five candidates now in race to replace U.S. Rep. Petri

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RIPON, Wis. (WKOW) -- A second Democrat has entered the race to replace Tom Petri in Congress, with the Oshkosh Northwestern reporting 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.

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

There are also three Republicans running for the seat Rep. Petri is vacating, which represents parts of eastern and central Wisconsin.

Petri announced earlier this month that he was not running for re-election.


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