by Garrett Frisk
In 2023, Wisconsin was the site of a hotly-contested Supreme Court race which culminated in the victory of liberal justice Janet Protasiewicz, flipping the court to a 4-3 liberal majority. The new court is expected to rule on numerous issues, including abortion rights. One issue that it is almost certain to tackle is the question of the state's electoral maps. Wisconsin is notoriously gerrymandered, and prominent liberal attorney Jeffrey Mandell pledged to file a lawsuit challenging the state's legislative and congressional maps the day after Protasiewicz is defeated. That challenge is likely to succeed; during her campaign, Protasiewicz called Wisconsin's maps "rigged" and "unfair." Thus, it is highly likely that Wisconsin's congressional map will be redrawn before 2024—but that hasn't stopped three ambitious candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.
In the 5th congressional district, Democrat Chris Leon is challenging incumbent Republican Scott Fitzgerald. Leon is a political organizer and works as a supply chain specialist. Fitzgerald was re-elected with 64.4% of the vote in 2022. Leon's campaign website can be found here. In the 6th district, incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman is facing a primary challenge from businessman Jack Brudvig, whose website can be found here. Grothman was re-elected unopposed in 2022. Finally, in the 7th district, Democrat Kyle Kilbourn is in the running against incumbent Republican Tom Tiffany. Tiffany was re-elected with 61.9% of the vote in 2022 and has expressed interest in running for U.S. Senate in 2024. Kilbourn works as a design strategist; his campaign website can be found here.