With the surprise announcement from democrat Ron Kind that he’s not running for re-election in the 3rd congressional district, the buzz has started about who will step up to keep the seat blue. My pick is democrat Katrina Shankland, Assembly Rep for the 71st district out of Stevens Point.
Shankland is smart, young, energetic, homegrown and well respected by both her constituents and fellow legislators. Based on what I know of her from friends in the Stevens Point area, she has the kind of crossover appeal that can build a coalition of mainstream democrats, Berniecrats and independents, which is what will be needed to defeat republican Derrick Van Orden. Van Orden has built his campaign almost solely around attacking Kind and will likely struggle to find a campaign strategy with Kind gone.
So who’s your pick and why?