Sen. Dale Schultz, who has fallen out of favor with many fellow Republicans in recent years over several key votes and what they call his left-leaning stances, will face a primary challenge in 2014.
State Rep. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, announced his candidacy for the 17th State Senate District on Sunday.
Marklein, a CPA and certified fraud examiner, is serving his second term as state representative for the 51st Assembly District in southwestern Wisconsin.
“It has been a great honor representing the residents of the 51st Assembly District,” he said in a press release. “I look forward to building upon the achievements and accomplishments of the previous legislative session, in which we were able to enact legislation that promoted job creation and improved the economy, as well as budget reforms which eliminated the deficit and left us with a surplus.”
Schultz, R-Richland Center, opposed Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill in 2011 and has voted against controversial mining bills supported by Walker. He has been in office since 1982. His four-year term is up in November 2014. He has not yet announced his re-election plans.
The district includes much of southwestern Wisconsin and includes portions of Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Sauk, Richland, Grant, Juneau, Monroe and Vernon counties.
“As a CPA with extensive private sector experience, I will continue to advance the belief that government’s role is to provide the tools private businesses need to grow, rather than create road blocks to economic growth,” Marklein said.