WAUSAU, Wis. (WEAU) -- An Ashland city alderman hopes to unseat a two-term Republican congressman.
On Tuesday, Kelly Westlund announced her candidacy at a news conference in Wausau. Westlund spoke to supporters, and listened to their comments. She used the recent government shutdown as an example of why the U.S. House of Representatives needs someone new.
"In this district, there are a lot of federal workers," Westlund said. "When those federal workers weren't getting their paychecks, that's money that wasn't being reinvested in our local communities. So, I think we are finally back to a place where we can see Sean Duffy says he supports workers, and says one thing in this district, but then goes back to Washington and votes against our best interests."
On Tuesday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin released a statement calling Westlund "an extreme partisan who has repeatedly raised taxes and opposed major job creation."
Westlund is the only Democrat to announce her candidacy in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District. It encompasses much of Chippewa, Rusk, Taylor, and Clark Counties, along with Wausau, Hayward, and Superior.