The filing date deadline for statewide candidates passed on Wednesday and one such race of interest to western Pierce County voters will feature an unopposed candidate.
State Assemblyman Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) will face no opposition, either in the Aug. 9 primary or the Nov. 8 election, guaranteeing his return to Madison, where he has been a state Assemblyman since 2011. This comes as a surprise as Petryk has faced close contests in his election bids in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and the district and the area it's in, judged by election figures for various offices, is one of some partisan balance.
Also surprising is the failure of the Republicans to file a candidate against Congressman Ron Kind for the first since time he was elected to Congress in 1997. However, this does not mean Kind is running unopposed. He faces an opponent in the Democratic Primary in Myron Buchholz of Eau Claire.
More on this story in next week's Prescott Journal, on newsstands Wednesday.