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Friday, October 28, 2005

Are they already off and running?

Has the race for the 32nd State Assembly district already begun?

Even though the election isn't until November of 2006, recent letters to the editor regarding potential candidates for the seat have been coming in fast and furious in last few weeks.

The 32nd District, which encompasses the southern half of Walworth County, except Elkhorn, is currently represented by former county board member Thomas Lothian.

The opening salvo was fired a few weeks back when Tyler August, the chairman of the Walworth County Republican Party and aide to Lothian wrote a letter to local papers lambasting Democrat and city of Delavan council member Ryan Schroeder of pandering for votes during this year's Cornfest parade.

August's letter was followed by further criticism by another aide of Lothian's, Royce DeBow.

That mobilized local Democrats and Schroeder supporters to mount a letter writing campaign of their own taking aim at DeBow.

So why would DeBow and the Schroeder camp be going at it?

In between deadlines at The Week, we've mused about several scenarios pointing to the fall 2006 assembly vote.

Both Schroeder and DeBow have run for the 32nd assembly seat in the past. DeBow ran for the seat as an Independent in 2002, but lost to Lothian. Lothian then turned around and hired DeBow as an aide.

Schroeder was Lothian's Democratic challenger both in 2002 and 2004.

Assuming that Schroeder will once again run for the assembly seat as a Democrat, it could be that August and DeBow are out front softening up Schroeder on Lothian's behalf.

However, if Lothian (he's now 76) decides not to run again, that opens the door for a DeBow bid, and there's no secret that DeBow has set himself up as Lothian's successor.

However the Republican primary could derail the best laid plans.

The obvious launching pad for an assembly run would come from a current county board member. To get the votes needed, a candidate would need the support of one of the population centers, either Delavan, Lake Geneva or the Geneva Lake west area.

Our short list of possible contenders includes Joe Guido of Delavan, who lost to Lothian in the 2004 primary. Then there's Dorothy Burwell, also of Delavan, who was appointed to the board in 1997.

Others with potential include Supervisor Nancy Russell of Lake Geneva, elected to the board in 2002.

On the west end of Geneva Lake is supervisor Jim Van Dreser of Walworth, who also won a seat on the board in 2002.

At any rate, if the mail bag is any indication, this will be a long election cycle.


Blogger Royce K. DeBow said...

Since Dan Plutchak, editor of the Week, as well as liberal Democrat Ryan Schroeder's gang have pondered my candidacy for Assembly in 2006, let me be clear. I am not running for Assembly next year. See how easy that was. A direct answer. To date, we've had only displays of avoidance and pathetic excuses from the posse of liberal Democrats backing Ryan Schroeder. By the way, for someone who claimed he wanted to be the strong voice in Madison, Democrat golden boy Schroeder seems to have a severe case of laryngitis (Ryan, that means sore throat, loss of voice, etc.).

1:12 PM  
Blogger Dan Plutchak, editor said...

Visit The Week's Walworth County Politics blog for the latest posts.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Charlene S. Fell said...

Are they off and running?

I do wonder why sence Mr.Debow is answer questions He and others in the Republican party seems the need to drag things into the dirt. I have not noticed the same tilt from the Ryan supporters.Oh yes and by the way The Republican Chairmen of Walworth Co. started all the mud from oh my a parade walk in Darien!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Royce K. DeBow said...

It's only mud slinging if we're wrong. If we're right, Democrat Schroeder is a fraud and has committed malfeasance while holding public office. Ask yourself; Why is it that Schroeder and his supporters won't agree to a meeting before the press or the press and the public? If we're wrong, then the egg will be on our faces and Schroeder gains more sympathy from uninformed voters. My belief is that the Schroeder gang knows they will lose in the court of public opinion and won't allow Schroeder to be confronted with the serious accusations, before observers from the media and public. If they're right, why not put us in our place in front of reporters, editors and voters? Schroeder and those pulling his strings may know that the slightest breeze of truth would topple the fragile, house-of-cards career and fake persona they have worked so hard to construct. If not, then again I ask, why not meet and send his critics packing?

5:41 PM  

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