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GAB rejects additional ballot challenges

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Four Wisconsin legislative incumbents will stay on the August primary ballot despite efforts to remove them.

The Government Accountability Board rejected challenges yesterday to nomination papers for Senate Republican Frank Lasee of De Pere, Assembly Republican Kathy Bernier of the Chippewa Falls area, and Milwaukee Assembly Democrats JoCasta Zamarripa and Mandela Barnes. Their nominating signatures were challenged for a number of reasons, but the Board said all four had enough valid signatures to be on the ballot.

Democrats argued that Lasee actually lives in Racine, and not in his Green Bay area district. Lasee provided documentation of his residence. He also mentioned the need for his wife to maintain a residence in Racine, due to child custody arrangements. The board said there was not enough evidence to prove that Lasee doesn't live in northeast Wisconsin.

Earlier yesterday the Board allowed Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Brett Hulsey and congressional candidates Gary George and Jeremy Ryan to stay on their primary ballots. It cleared the way for Hulsey to run against Democrat Mary Burke for governor in August. Former state senator George will run against Milwaukee House Democrat Gwen Moore. State Capitol protester Ryan will oppose Janesville House Republican Paul Ryan in their primary.