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The Nov. 6 general election ballot was being finalized Tuesday in three area legislative primary elections.

In the 31st Senate District, Democrat Jeff Smith of Eau Claire breezed to a win with 56 percent of the vote with 74 percent of precincts reporting in a three-way race against Steve Boe of Taylor and Jon Schultz of Arcadia.

He’ll face Republican Mel Pittman of Plum City to succeed Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who stepped down to run an unsuccessful campaign for governor.

In the 92nd Assembly District, Democrats Rob Grover of Galesville (49 percent) defeated Desiree Gearing-Lancaster of Black River Falls (29 percent) and Max Hart of Black River Falls in the race to take on incumbent Republican Treig Pronschinske of Mondovi.

In the 96th Assembly District, Democrat Paul Buhr defeated Alicia Leinberger 54 percent to 47 percent for the opportunity to to take on Republican Loren Oldenburg to succeed retiring state Rep. Lee Nerison.

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The following statement in the article above is missing the mention of Green Party candidate Aaron E. Camacho. I am also running in State Senate District 31 and gained nomination to the November 2018 election ballot through earning signatures of our district members. "He’ll face Republican Mel Pittman of Plum City to succeed Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who stepped down to run an unsuccessful campaign for governor." To keep an equitable playing field, it would be just to list my name as well. While I understand there has not been another candidate outside of the perceived "two party" system in some time here in district 31, what has been is not the way it has to be.

I am running to not only address many of the issues mentioned in this debate among others that were not, but to also challenge the political duopoly that has maintained the polarized nature of our political discourse. Progressive values are not enough in this November's election. Equitable values are what we need. That is what I bring to the table, equitable values that prioritize the People, our planet and peace over profits. For those who value the same, they have a candidate who is at the table.

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