State Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, joined the race on Sunday. Last week, longtime Ron Johnson staffer Ben Voelkel entered the race.
The Republican race for lieutenant governor in Wisconsin is getting crowded.
Patrick Testin has been in the state Senate since 2016. Most recently he took the lead in pushing Gov. Tony Evers for answers about the nearly 13,000 Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy, specifically where they will go once they leave the base.
“I have been traveling the state and hearing from Wisconsinites in all corners of the Badger State. The single biggest concern I have heard is there is a leadership deficit in Madison,” Testin said in his campaign announcement.
Testin is just the latest Republican to jump into the race for Wisconsin’s second in command. Last week, longtime Ron Johnson staffer Ben Voelkel entered the race.
Lancaster Mayor David Varnam is also running for lieutenant governor. Pastor David King is raising money in the race too.
“The last two years have been tough for Wisconsin, and Tony Evers has failed our state,” Voelkel said in his announcement.
There are no declared Democratic candidates yet.
Current Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, is running for U.S. Senate. The state’s last Republican lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, is running for governor next year.