BARABOO — Rep. Fred Clark has made a switch.

No, he didn’t change parties. The third-term state Assemblyman still is a Democrat. But he no longer lives in Baraboo.

Clark moved to a new home in Sauk City last week. He sold his farm in the town of Greenfield — located immediately east of Baraboo — last year and had been renting the home there.

The Sauk City move places him more centrally within the new 81st Assembly District, which extends from Portage to Black Earth. Clark said last week he would attend Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival in Prairie du Sac last weekend.

Clark was removed from his former 42nd District when Republicans redrew political maps last year. The newly formed 81st District includes eastern Sauk, northwestern Columbia, northwestern Dane, and northeastern Iowa counties.

“There is also a personal component to the move,” Clark said Friday. “Because my 16-year-old son lives and goes to high school in Madison, living in Sauk City makes it possible for me to spend more time with him, which has been great.”

Clark said he will continue to be in Baraboo and other parts of the district as often as possible.

He is being challenged by Republican Scott Frostman of Baraboo.

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