Five of seven legislative candidates endorsed by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s political action committee, the Volunteers for Agriculture (VFA), were successful in the August 12 primary election.
Successful candidates who will appear as the Republican candidate on November’s ballot for the State Assembly include:
* Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) 1st Assembly District
* Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) 33rd Assembly District
* Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) 59th Assembly District
The VFA also endorsed James Edming, a Republican from Glen Flora in the 87th Assembly District. Following the election, he held onto a 17-vote lead. An official recount is likely.
Two VFA-endorsed candidates from Rock County candidates came up short in the primary: Sheila DeForest (D-Beloit) of the 45th Assembly District, and Austin Scieszinski (D-Janesville) in the 15th Senate District.
Formed to give farmers a more direct role in electing leaders who best represent agriculture’s interests, the Volunteers for Agriculture consists of 18 farmers from across the state. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization, representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.