Republican Jessie Rodriguez elected to Assembly for 21st District
Franklin Ald. Ken Skowronski wins 82nd Assembly primary
Republican Jessie Rodriguez defeated Democrat Elizabeth Coppola on Tuesday in a special election for the 21st District Assembly seat vacated by former Rep. Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee).
Rodriguez, outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice, received 4,546 votes, and Coppola, a United Way fundraiser and former member of Milwaukee's Social Development Commission, received 3,520, according to preliminary results.
Rodriguez will replace Honadel, who held the seat for a decade before his resignation in September.
Rodriguez has lived in the area for a decade. She is married to Aaron Rodriguez, who writes a blog for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and is a Franklin resident.
She immigrated to the United States from El Salvador with her family as a child and is a 2002 graduate of Marquette University.
The race drew more than $100,000 in independent expenditures by special-interest groups, big-name political endorsements and attention from party activists.
The Amerian Federation for Freedom, a school voucher advocacy group, spent $45,647 promoting Rodriguez, and the pro-business Jobs First Coalition spent $24,000 opposing Coppola. The left-leaning Greater Wisconsin Fund spent $30,815 for Coppola's campaign.
Those independent expenditures are more than the candidates themselves raised or spent, according to state records. Coppola raised nearly $25,000, and Rodriguez raised almost $48,000 through Nov. 4.
The district includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and part of Franklin.
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