|Posted by richardmoore on March 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM|
Citing sudden medical problems in her family, state Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) stunned the state's political community today, announcing her resignation from the Senate. She had been facing a summer recall election.
For the short term, her departure leaves the Senate with 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. That will change shortly depending on the outcome of this summer's recall races.
As for the recall in Galloway's district, that can't be undone, according to the Government Accountability Board. As of today, primary elections are scheduled for May 8, with general elections to be held June 5. Under that schedule, candidates in the recall election will have from March 30 until 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 to circulate and file nomination petitions and declaration of candidacy papers with the G.A.B.
State Senate candidates need a minimum of 400 signatures. A primary election will be held only for any political party and offices for which more than one candidate qualifies for the ballot.
Democratic Rep. Donna Seidel of Wausau is seeking the seat. Republican Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald says he will seek a Republican to replace Galloway on the ballot. Names mentioned include Reps. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon and Mary Williams of Medford.
From her statement: “Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time."