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Wisconsin Assembly candidate Tiffany Koehler looking to make history

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Voters in southeast Wisconsin could make history next week.

Tiffany Koehler of Slinger is one of three people running in a GOP primary for an open state Assembly seat. If she wins, she'll be the first black Republican woman in the state's 166 year history to be elected in either house.

The 44-year-old Koehler is running against insurance agency owners Sandy Voss and Bob Gannon for the Assembly seat given up by Republican Pat Strachota of West Bend. There's no Democrat running, so Tuesday's winner will most likely get the post in January.

Koehler says she's not playing up her race, or hiding from it. She tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that people assume she's a Democrat just by her looks, and she laughs when they bring it up.

Newspaper columnist Jim Stingl said Milwaukeeans elected a black male Republican, Lucian Palmer, to the Assembly in 1906 -- but historians thought voters confused him with a white man named Palmer. Lucian served just one term.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)