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Eau Claire businesswoman Cooke launches run for Congress

Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke announced a run for the House of Representatives in...
Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke announced a run for the House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional district on Oct. 13, 2021. Cooke is running for the seat currently held by Ron Kind, who is not seeking reelection in 2022.(Cooke for Wisconsin)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 9:20 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke is running for Congress in an open southwestern Wisconsin district, hoping to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Ron Kind.

Cooke is a member of the state’s economic development agency board, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. She would be the first woman to represent the 3rd Congressional District should she win.

Cooke joins state Sen. Brad Pfaff, of Onalaska, and political newcomer Brett Knudsen on the Democratic side, setting up an Aug. 9 primary.

Republican Derrick Van Orden, who was defeated by Kind in 2020, is running again and has support from Republican House leadership.

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