Mert Summers

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Mert Summers
Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 2

Political party Democrat
Profession Union Business Manager
Website Campaign website
Mert Summers was a Democratic candidate for District 2 of the Wisconsin State Senate in the recall election against current incumbent Sen. Robert Cowles.

He previously was a Democratic candidate for District 5 of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010.

Summers is currently the Business Manager for an area Carpenters' union.[1]



See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Robert Cowles recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Summers was a Democratic-placeholder candidate in the recall election targeting incumbent Sen. Robert Cowles.[2]

Following the news that all six "fake" Democrats had turned in their final paperwork to get on the ballot to the GAB, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced that it would not be running their placeholder candidates in the recalls as they are no longer necessary. Party Chair Mike Tate explained, "The goal of the placeholder candidacies was to create an insurance policy against further Republican attempts to exploit the recall election schedule through dirty tricks and cynical plots."[3]

All three had filed nomination papers with a sufficient number of verified signatures.

Nancy Nusbaum and Otto Junkermann are running for the Democratic nomination.


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Summers was defeated by Republican Jim Steineke in the November 2 general election. Summers was unopposed in the primary election.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 5 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mert Summers (D) 1,442 99.72%

Campaign themes

Summers' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs - He cites his experience as business representative for area carpenters in supporting jobs in Wisconsin.
  • Taxes - Summers says that he will "protect important tax reforms that stop big corporations from using tax loopholes to pad their pockets at the expense of small business owners and middle class taxpayers." He also says he will "increase accountability at every level by cutting waste.."
  • Education - Summers will support "our rural schools first when tough budget cuts need to be made to keep our future workforce strong and competitive in the world economy."[5]

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