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Ripon native Gary Wetzel to run for 6th District Congressional seat

RIPON, WI (WTAQ) - A retiree from Ripon has become the second Democrat to run for the open U.S. House seat in east central Wisconsin.  

64-year-old Gary Wetzel plans to face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris in an August primary for the seat that's being vacated by 35-year GOP incumbent Tom Petri.  

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickles considered running for the Democratic nomination, but has decided not to.  

Wetzel was most recently a substitute teacher, and he has a degree in mechanical engineering. He tells the Oshkosh Northwestern he does not expect to win -- but he wants to give voters a choice.

Both parties now have potential August primaries. State lawmakers Glenn Grothman, Duey Strobel, and Joe Leibham are running in the August Republican primary for Petri's seat.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)