By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
MANITOWOC – On Friday, Roll Call reported that Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris were rumored to be potential candidates for the open 6th District Congressional seat running for the Democratic Party nomination.
On Monday, Wisconsin Election Watch contacted both Nickels and Harris on their take of the news. He told Wisconsin Election Watch that he was contacted by Democrat Party leaders about running for Congress in the 6th District and he is “showing interest” about being a candidate. Nickels said that he has to make a decision on whether he would run. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris was also contacted on Monday morning. He said: “I had some people who called and encouraged me to run and I have given some thought and consideration.” Harris said that he has to make a decision on whether he would enter the race.
Brandon Lorenz, the Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was contacted on what role national Democrats will play in the 6th Congressional District race. He did not return our phone call. Tyler Houlton, a Spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, said: “Regardless of who the Democrats will run, we are very confident whoever wins in the primary election will win in the general (election).”
The primary election for the 6th Congressional District is on August 12th. The respective winners of the primary election will square off in the general election on November 4th.