Wausau school board president runs for Congress

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of the Wausau School Board who is also a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court is running for Congress as a Democrat.

Tricia Zunker is launching her campaign today. She would become the first Native American member of Congress from Wisconsin should she win. Zunker tells Wisconsin Public Radio she wants to be a voice for struggling ginseng and dairy farmers.

Another Democrat, self-employed insurance broker and Vietnam veteran Lawrence Dale, also announced his candidacy today.

They are the first Democrats to announce bids to run for the 7th Congressional District seat vacated by Republican Sean Duffy last month. The special election to replace Duffy will be held early next year.

Three Republicans are running. They are state Sen. Tom Tiffany, former U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson aide Jason Church and political newcomer Michael Opela.