Brian Hackbarth, Fish Creek, is one of five Republican candidates seeking the nomination for Wisconsin's 1st Assembly District seat now held by Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay.
Last month Bies said he would not seek another term. Hackbarth is a supervisor on the Gibraltar Town Board and is also running unopposed for a third term for that seat.
Hackbarth is general manager of a Fish Creek restaurant. He serves the town of Gibraltar as a planning commissioner and is parks and lands committee chair. He also is vice president of Door County Housing Partnership and vice president of Community Opportunity Investment Network.
He is expected to square off in a Republican primary Aug. 12 against a field that also includes Terry McNulty, Forestville; Jon Kruse, Sturgeon Bay; Dr. Paul Feit, town of Gardner; and Joel Kitchens, Sturgeon Bay. Arnie Johnsrud, Algoma, is the only Democrat to declare so far.
Hackbarth said his focus will be on the economy in Kewaunee and Door counties, job creation within the district, housing needs, lower taxes, issues facing farmers, combating excessive regulations that hinder job creation, and the wide variety of issues facing local governments within the district.