District 97 state assembly seat sees another Republican file

Published on: 4/17/2014

The Republican Party isn't short right now on candidates for the District 97 state assembly seat as Brandon Rosner is the latest to declare his candidacy for the position.

He joins City of Waukesha alderman Aaron Perry and former Town of Waukesha supervisor Joe Banske in candidates who have filed for the position. Perry and Banske both mailed in their campaign registration statements to the Government Accountability Board this week. 

Whether the winner of the Aug. 12 Republican Party primary has a Democratic challenger in the general election in November is to be determined.

But they would face a Libertarian candidate.

Chuck Schilling, a 31-year-old self-employed contractor who is engaged to be married in October, filed a declaration of candidacy in March.

He's a member of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin and expects to be the party's only candidate on the ballot.

There are no members from the Libertarian Party in the state assembly. Schilling has never run for an elected position but said it's time for him "to stop sitting back."

He would like government to be even more fiscally responsible and not have elected officials infringe on people's freedoms and liberties.

"I'm running as a bit of an outsider," Schilling said. "But if people get to know me I truly believe a lot of voters can relate to me (on fiscal issues) and with finding more civil liberties and equal rights for everyone."

Meanwhile, Rosner, 34, has been active in the Republican Party for many years. He interned with President George W. Bush's White House Commission on the Moment of Remembrance in the summer of 2001 and worked as a campaign manager for US Congressional candidate John Gard during a national race in 2006.

He also served as the Wisconsin campaign manager for Mike Huckabee during his US presidential campaign in 2008.

Rosner, married with a 2-year-old daughter and is expecting another child in September, is a member of the Republican Party of Waukesha County. He has a degree in business and computer systems from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and works full-time at Humana in Waukesha as a consultant on health care reform.

The winner of the Nov. 4 general election will replace Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha), who is not seeking re-election.

Kramer was in court Monday on sexual assault charges in Waukesha County.

Editor's Note: Libertarian candidate Chuck Schilling did not file the necessary paperwork with the Government Accountability Board and will not appear on the ballot.