Jackson County voters will weigh in on five contested races in the partisan primary next week.
The primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 9 with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winners move on to the November ballot.
The only contested state Legislature primary race on the local ballot will be for the 92nd Assembly District, which encompasses most of the western portion of Jackson County. Republicans Debbie Bork and Treig Pronschinske will square off in the primary, and the winner will take on Democratic incumbent Chris Danou.
The local ballot also will have three contested primary races between two U.S. House of Representative seats up for re-election.
The majority of Jackson County falls in the 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Ron Kind will face off against Myron Myron Buchholz in the Democratic primary. Kind will move on unopposed in the fall election.
There will be two primaries for the 7th Congressional District, which includes the towns of Bear Bluff, City Point, Cleveland, Garden Valley and Knapp and portions of Alma. Incumbent Sean Duffy will face off against Donald Raihala on the Republican side, and Mary Hoeft and Joel Lewis will be on the Democratic ticket. The winners of those two races move on and run against each other in the fall.
Statewide there will be a primary for the U.S. Senate spot up for re-election. Former Sen. Russ Feingold and Scott Harbach will vie for the Democratic nomination.
Other party candidates and other state and county positions up for re-election this fall also will appear on next week’s primary ballot but are uncontested.
Voters in the town of Knapp also will have a referendum question next week to ask whether they’d like to move to appointing the clerk and treasurer rather than the town’s current practice of electing candidates to the two positions.