Councilwoman to face Duffy

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An Ashland City Council member has won the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in northern Wisconsin.

Thirty-one-year-old Kelly Westlund defeated Mike Krsiean, an engineer and farmer from Houlton.

Westlund received 58 votes from Florence County voters, while Krsiean received 29 votes.

On the Republican ballot, voters in Florence County heavily favored Duffy over his opposition, Don Raihala. Duffy received 134 votes and Raihala received 30 votes.

Westlund is a project management consultant for a farming cooperative. She has the backing of Emily’s List, a Democratic group that works to elect women who support abortion rights, and the National Education Association.

Duffy was elected to represent the 7th Congressional District in 2010 and re-elected by a 12 percentage point margin in 2012. He also worked eight years as a district attorney and appeared on MTV’s “The Real World” in the 1990s.

Federal campaign finance reports show Duffy with about $1 million on hand for the race, while Westlund had about $120,000 as of July 23.