Milwaukee state legislator incorrectly listed as congressional candidate in Northeastern Wisconsin

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The title and body of this blog post have been edited to include information provided by Wisconsin State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee).

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) incorrectly lists Wisconsin State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, a Democrat who represents a state assembly district entirely within the City of Milwaukee, as having filed a campaign registration statement (page 4 of this PDF file) for the Democratic nomination in a U.S. House race in the 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin (8th CD), which includes no part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area and includes the northeastern part of the state. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson is campaigning for the 8th CD seat in Wisconsin, but is not listed as having filed any paperwork with the GAB at this time. Additionally, the GAB lists Democrats Wendy Gribben and Jerry Kobishop as having filed declarations of candidacies with the GAB for the 8th CD race.

However, as Zamarripa stated via Twitter, this is a technical glitch of some kind on the GAB’s master list of candidates for the August primaries in Wisconsin, and that she actually filed to run for re-election to her state assembly seat:

I’m thankful that State Representative Zamarripa explained what the problem was.


2 thoughts on “Milwaukee state legislator incorrectly listed as congressional candidate in Northeastern Wisconsin

  1. Come on Aaron- sensationalist headline much?

    Having actually looked at her registration statement, which lists her State Assembly Distrcit, I’d say it is your job to be a bit more thorough in your research if you’re trying to actually inform anyone about politics in Wisconsin.

    She’s an elected official, you’ve covered a fair number of WI stories- how hard is it to get in touch?

    Very disappointed with this attention grabbing non-story.

    -D.N. Messer


    1. Zamarrippa has issued a statement via her Twitter page claiming that the GAB’s PDF file of the master list of candidates filed for the August primaries in Wisconsin is incorrectly listing her as a congressional candidate and not a state assembly candidate (she intends to run for re-election to her Assembly seat in Milwaukee, not run for Congress in the Green Bay/Appleton area).

      I’ve made major edits to the blog post to reflect this fact.


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