MILWAUKEE (WSAU- Wheeler News) Former state Senator Gary George emerged yesterday as a last-minute candidate for Congress against Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore. George was among hundreds who filed nomination papers for partisan offices just before yesterday's 5 p-m deadline. If their petitions have enough valid signatures, George and Moore -- who served together in the Wisconsin Senate -- will be on the ballot for the August 12th primary. George served in the Wisconsin Senate until 2003, when voters in his Milwaukee district recalled him.
A year later, he was convicted of conspiring to commit public fraud. George spent four years in prison for accepting illegal kickbacks from a former Milwaukee social services agency.
George says there needs to be a greater urgency in returning "jobs and hope to every corner of Milwaukee County."
There's also a Republican primary for the Milwaukee House seat. David King and Dan Sebring both filed.
Six candidates filed papers for the open Sixth District U-S House seat vacated by Tom Petri. Five Republicans filed -- state lawmakers Glenn Grothman, Joe Leibham, and Duey Strobel, along with Nancy Olson and Tom Denow, both of Oshkosh. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris is the only Democrat who filed for that post.