GREEN BAY — Kristin Schmalz Lyerly, a 1987 graduate of Kaukauna High School, will announce today that she will run for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District.

Lyerly, a Democrat, will make the announcement at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hinterland Brewing Company in Green Bay.

“Today at 10 a.m. in Green Bay, I will be announcing my campaign to represent the people of Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District,” Lyerly wrote in her Facebook page. “We hope to see you there in person, or virtually on our live stream.”

The race is in the national spotlight after the announcement that Rep. Mike Gallagher was leaving Congress.

Lyerly has experience running a campaign in Northeast Wisconsin after running for state Assembly four years ago.

In that race, incumbent John Macco defeated Lyerly in the general election for District 88 on November 3, 2020.

Lyerly is an OB/gyn and family practice physician in Green Bay.

Lyerly was born in Kaukauna, obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1993, an M.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2007, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin in 2009.

Republican State Senator Andre Jacque and Republican State Senator Roger Roth have already announced the will run for the seat in the November election.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.