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UPDATE: Leibham joins 6th District race as 3rd Republican

UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 12:30 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Republican state Sen. Joe Leibham says he's joining the race to replace longtime 6th District Congressman Tom Petri, who announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election.

Leibham says he wants to be a reformer in Congress and help reduce taxes, which he says are too burdensome. He announced his candidacy Tuesday at his parents' home in Sheboygan.

Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris became the first Democrat to declare his candidacy earlier Tuesday.

Leibham will face primary opponents state Sen. Glenn Grothman and state Rep. Duey Stroebel in the Republican-leaning district that spans eastern and central Wisconsin.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 --- 7:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican state senator says he'll announce next week whether he'll run for Congress.

Joe Leibham of Sheboygan says he'll announce on Tuesday whether he'll run for east-central Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District seat.

Republican Tom Petri, a centrist, has represented the district since 1979. He announced earlier this month he won't seek re-election after Glenn Grothman, a far more conservative Republican state senator from West Bend, announced he would run for the office.

A day after Petri's announcement Rep. Duey Stroebel, a Saukville Republican, announced he would run for the office as well.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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