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Three Republicans looking to replace Suder in Assembly

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Assembly Republican Scott Suder will not leave the Legislature until next Tuesday – and already, three Republicans are lining up to replace him.

Tea Party leader Scott Noble of Marshfield is the latest to announce his bid. Noble ran for the state Senate and the Marshfield School Board within the past few years.

He joins Stratford businessman Bob Kulp and Clark County GOP chairwoman Deb Koncel as hopefuls for the 69th District Assembly seat.

No Democrats have come out yet. Governor Scott Walker will call a special election after Suder leaves.

Suder, a Republican from Abbotsford, held the Assembly post for almost 15 years before Walker appointed him earlier this month to the utility-regulating Public Service Commission. Suder will become a division administrator for Water Compliance and Consumer Affairs.

When Republicans regained control of the Assembly in 2011, Suder became the Majority Leader – a post he’s also vacating.

Meanwhile, Assembly Republican Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee announced his resignation Tuesday. After a decade in government, he says he wants to return to the private sector.

Honadel says he’s still lining up a job, and he plans to leave the Legislature in mid-September.