Updated Story: 11:15 PM 09/14/10
Tom Larson has won the Republican primary for the 67th Assembly District seat.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Larson has taken the lead with 30 percent of the vote. Don Moga received 22 percent, Dean Gullickson 16 percent, Marv Prestrud 15 percent, James Lewis 10 percent, and Tamara Deutsch 7 percent.
Larson will face off with Democrat C.W. King and Independent Thomas Lange in the general election.
Updated Story 11:00 PM: Right now, Tom Larson has taken the lead in the 67th Assembly District primary. He has 27 percent of the vote. Don Moga is in a close second with 25 percent of the vote. 79 percent of the precincts are reporting.
Right now all the precincts from Chippewa County have reported votes. The Dunn County Clerk's office says it had computer problems earlier tonight, and is trying to get the votes in as quickly as possible.
The winner tonight takes on lone democrat C.W. King, to see who will take over Jeff Wood's seat.
Wood said he would not run again after multiple O-W-I arrests.
Most candidates say Wood’s issues are part of their decision to run right now, because they want to bring values back into office. They say many people in their district have lost faith in politicians after Wood’s arrests.
The candidates have varied backgrounds, many with small business experience. They all say they ran a friendly race, and all agree that creating local jobs and fixing the economy should be the top priorities when they're in Madison.
It's something that current republican frontrunners Don Moga and Tom Larson say they're ready to handle, and something the sole democratic candidate C.W. King says he plans on tackling as well.
“The question of jobs, I think we need to ask ourselves, is this an economy that's fundamentally changing, and what are we going to do to survive up in Chippewa?” says Moga.
“I've been developing jobs and balancing a budget,” says Larson, speaking of his experience as a small business owner.”And those are things I think they need to accomplish in Madison.”
"People just don't feel like we promote the positive things in the state enough, and that's what I’ve heard from businesses and community leaders on how to bring more jobs to Wisconsin,” says King.
The winner of this Republican primary and King will also face Independent Thomas Lange in the general election on November 2nd.
Original Story, 2PM 09/14/10:
Six Republican candidates are vying for a shot at Jeff Wood’s soon-to-be vacant seat in the 67th Assembly District in Tuesday’s primary.
Tamara Deutsch, a truck driver from the Town of Tainter, says she’s running on a platform of conservative values. Her brother is also running for office in the 25th Senate district primary this year. If both were to be elected, they would be the first brother-sister duo to both serve in the Wisconsin State Legislature at the same time.
Dean Gullickson, a retired DNR warden from Chippewa Falls, says he’d like to restore honor to the 67th Assembly seat. He also told WEAU 13 News he’s concerned about bringing jobs back to the Chippewa Valley.
Tom Larson, a small business owner from the Colfax area, says he’s looking to better represent the people. His campaign site says he’s endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life and Wisconsin Family Action PAC.
James C. Lewis is a retired Army colonel from the Jim Falls area. He’s also a former school teacher. Lewis’s campaign site says he’s looking to support veterans, elderly, and businesses.
Don Moga, a small business owner and former school board member from Chippewa County, says he’s looking to support small business owners in the area. He ran against Jeff Wood as write-in back in 2008 and came in 175 votes shy of victory.
Marv Prestrud, a dairy farmer by trade, also served as a Town of New Haven supervisor. According to his campaign site, he’s running on a platform of jobs and agriculture. He also serves as the Dunn County Farm Bureau Director.
The winner of the Republican primary will face off against Democrat C.W. King and Independent Thomas Lange.
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