MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin state treasurer and secretary of state have lost nearly all of their powers -- but that's not stopping a dozen people from running for those jobs this fall.
Long time Secretary of State Doug La Follette and four others filed nomination papers for that office by Monday's deadline.
Seven people filed for the state treasurer's post. The state Government Accountability Board will decide a week from today whether all those candidates have enough valid nominating signatures to get on the ballot.
Governors and lawmakers from both parties have stripped duties from both the secretary of state and treasurer's offices in recent years, for a variety of reasons.
Some candidates have said they would fight to restore the powers. But one dropout said it would be futile as long as Republicans remain in charge of state government.
La Follette is the only Democrat to file for secretary of state. Two Republicans filed -- outgoing state Representative Garey Bies and Marc Bradley, along with Libertarian Andy Craig and Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman.
Republican State Treasurer Kurt Schuller is not running again. Filers for that seat are Republicans Matt Adamczyk and Randall Melchert, Democrats Dave Leeper and David Sartori, Ron Hardy from the Green Party, Constitution candidate Andrew Zuelke, and Libertarian Jerry Shidell.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)