Voelkel, ex-Johnson aide, to run for lieutenant governor

The Wisconsin Capitol in Madison, Wis.
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Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 9:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ben Voelkel, a former aide to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, said Thursday he’s running for lieutenant governor.

Voelkel was communications director for Johnson, a Republican, from 2017 to earlier this year.

He also worked on Johnson’s re-election campaign in 2016. Voelkel, a native of Mukwonago, also worked on Tommy Thompson’s 2012 Senate campaign and former Gov. Scott Walker’s 2018 re-election campaign.

David Varnam, the mayor of the small Grant County town of Lancaster, earlier announced plans to run for lieutenant governor.

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