In a fairly unusual move, a group of sitting Republican state legislators and two retired legislators have endorsed political newcomer Alex Renard rather than colleague Rep. Andre Jacque before the May 15 primary for the empty 1st Senate District seat. Renard’s campaign announced Wednesday that it received the endorsements of seven conservative leaders in northeast Wisconsin.
Five current and two former legislators voiced their support of Renard as the most qualified candidate for Wisconsin’s 1st State Senate District: Representatives Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), John Nygren (R-Marinette), David Steffen (R-Howard), and John Macco (R-Bellevue), and former State Representatives Al Ott (R-Forest Junction) and Dave Hutchison (R-Dyckesville) released the following statement regarding their endorsements: “We need someone in our state Senate who has real experience as a business leader and job creator in one of northeast Wisconsin’s leading industries. Alex is a proven conservative leader with the knowledge and experience to get things done. His conservative principles, his fresh perspective, and his determination to take action make him an ideal candidate. We firmly believe that Alex is the most capable candidate in the race for Wisconsin’s 1st State Senate District and will deliver meaningful results for the people of Northeast Wisconsin.” Renard, 24, is the operations manager at Renco Machine Company in Green Bay, the family owned company started by his grandparents in 1963.