RACINE COUNTY — Voters in the 32nd Assembly District, which includes a small portion of southwestern Racine County, will see a contested race Tuesday.
State Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, is running against Democratic challenger Christine Welcher of East Troy. The district is mostly in Walworth County, including the Lyons and Spring Prairie areas adjacent to Burlington and Rochester. But it also includes the Bohners Lake area of the Town of Burlington in Racine County and the Wheatland area of western Kenosha County.
August, 33, was first elected in 2010. He became speaker pro tempore, who often presides over debates in the Assembly, in 2015.
August said he’s running on the Legislature’s recent history of cutting taxes and trimming the deficit.
“When the other party had control of state government, they ran up some pretty significant deficits,” August said. “I promised that I would work to fix that. I feel I’ve fulfilled that promise, and so I’m asking the voters to rehire me for another two years.”
Welcher, 39, is in her first run for public office. She works as an educator at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.
Welcher said she wants to end polarization on issues such as the economy and government transparency, as well as bring more attention to rural issues.
“I feel there’s too much of a partisan divide happening in our state and we’re so busy pointing fingers at the other side that we’re not really focusing on the issues that we need to move our state forward,” she said.