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Shadow candidate submits signatures to force primary

An Elmwood businessman who ran as a Republican in earlier elections has collected enough signatures to run as a Democrat and force a primary in the 10th Senate District recall race.

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's website, 741 valid nomination signatures were submitted on behalf of Isaac Weix, Menomonie.

Legislative candidates must turn in a minimum of 400 signatures to qualify.

Shelly Moore, an Ellsworth High School English and drama teacher who is the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate, submitted 800 valid signatures.

A few weeks ago, the GAB certified a recall election for Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has been the 10th District senator since 2000.

The election was set for July 12, but a primary will now be held on that date. The actual recall election will be pushed back to Aug. 9.

Repeated attempts to reach Weix over the last two weeks have been unsuccessful.

A landline phone number listed in his name is no longer in service. He has not responded to messages left on his cell phone or with a woman at his business -- T and S Hardware in Elmwood.

Monday afternoon a man who answered the phone at the hardware store said Weix was not available because he was out on service calls.

The man also said he would give out no other phone number for Weix and that trying to reach him at another time would be "a roll of the dice."

Local Republican Party leaders are calling Weix "a protest candidate."

"(Weix) is not hiding the fact that he is not a Democrat," said St. Croix County GOP Chairman Jesse Garza. "The purpose is to make a stand against this recall effort."

The candidacy is part of a statewide GOP effort to undermine the Democrats' efforts to recall Republican senators and to give the incumbents more time to campaign.

Weix ran as a Republican for the 29th District Assembly seat in 2006 and for the 93rd District Assembly seat in 2010.

According to information posted on his Facebook page when he was campaigning last fall, Weix, 36, is the self-employed owner of T and S Hardware.

The page gives his hometown as Elmwood and says he is a gunnery sergeant for a Marine infantry company in Madison. The site also identifies him as a "politician" but has no information about his current candidacy.

His 93rd District campaign site,, contains posts on such topics as personal budgeting, Internet marketing and finding a local plumber but no campaign information.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.