Racine residents who want to replace Democrat Cory Mason in the state Assembly will have a special election January 16th. Governor Scott Walker called the election at the same time Mason was sworn in as Racine’s new mayor replacing John Dickert, who quit in July to join the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities’ Initiative. Candidates for Mason’s Assembly post are now circulating nomination papers which must be filed November 21st. If there are more than two candidates in either party, a primary would be held December 19th. The timeline is the same as the election process for another state Assembly seat that opened up after West Bend Republican Bob Gannon died in October.