Zerban to Submit Nomination Signatures, Ryan Papers Already In
1st Congressional District challenger Rob Zerban will travel to Madison today while U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan turned in his nomination papers on May 23. Zerban is the first serious Ryan challenger in a number of years.
Rob Zerban, a small businessman who has been challenging Congressman Paul Ryan since last summer, will submit nearly 2,300 nomination signatures from all parts of Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District to place himself on the ballot to oppose incumbent Paul Ryan (R-Janesville).
In an announcement to supporters, Zerban announced the amount reflects about 230% of what's required. He will appear at the Government Accountability Board offices in Madison Friday afternoon to hand in the signatures.
Ryan's office confirmed that he turned in some 2,700 nomination signatures on May 23.
"Congressman Ryan submitted approximately 2700 nomination signatures on May 23rd and is grateful for the opportunity to represent residents of Wisconsin's First District for another term," said Ryan spokesperson Kevin Siefert in an email to Patch.
Zerban's campaign has maintained that Zerban presents the best chance thus far to unseat Ryan, who has been the 1st District's Congressman since 1999. To date, no debates between the two candidates have been confirmed, but Patch is working with both campaigns to secure a date sometime in October.