For the first time since 1970, a Democrat has won the 1st Senate District seat, and for the first time since 1963, a Door County candidate has been elected.
Caleb Frostman was declared the winner of the June 12 special election for the 1st Senate District that was vacated by Republican Frank Lasee at the end of last year when he joined Governor Scott Walker’s administration.
Frostman defeated Republican Assemblyman Andre Jacque of De Pere in the special election that Walker was forced to call after three separate judicial rulings, giving the candidates just 75 days to run a campaign.
Jacque was at a deficit from the start, first having to face off in a primary with 24-year-old political newcomer Alex Renard, who had the support of Jacque’s Assembly colleagues. In-kind support for Jacque’s campaign from the state Republican party amounted to a laughably sophomoric anti-Frostman campaign that obviously did not work.
“It feels awesome,” Frostman said just after learning he had won. He was at a well-attended watch party held at Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay. “I can’t believe it. Pretty wild. It’s been a lot of work. We had an amazing team that did so much. I know I knocked on about four figures worth of doors and lost about 15 pounds. A lot of folks did the same thing. We had great cooperation. A lot of people were amped about this thing.”
And while Frostman said he looks forward to a breather, it won’t be much of one, for he must immediately begin campaigning for the November election. Both Jacque and Renard vowed they, too, would run again for the November election.
With Tuesday’s victory, Frostman becomes the first Democrat to win the 1st Senate district since Jerome Martin won it in 1970 and lost it when he died of a heart attack in office in January 1977.
The last time a Door County resident held the seat was when Republican Alex Meunier of Brussels was elected in 1963.
In the other special election in the 42nd Assembly District, Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd conceded defeat to Republican Jon Plumer, but intends to face him again in November.