SPRING GREEN- Pat Bomhack (D-Spring Green), a former legislative staffer to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and former law clerk to Judge Bill Dyke of Iowa County, announced today that he is running for the Wisconsin State
Senate as a Democrat in the 17th District, a seat being vacated by retiring Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center.
The announcement marks the second democrat to enter the race for Schultz’s seat and the third candidate overall. The announcement also means there is still alot of juggling going on for the legislative seats in Southwest Wisconsin.
Recently retired Department of Transportation administrator Ernie Wittmer announced his candidacy for Schultz’s seat earlier and Tea Party candidate state Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced he would try to oust Schultz in the Republican primary last year. The announcement by Marklein that he would challenge the moderate Schultz is widely viewed as more evidence the Republicans are moving even farther right in their attempt to solidify power in the Senate. Marklein’s candidacy is viewed by many as retaliation against Schultz for his opposition to key Walker and Republican bills like Act 10, mining legislation and a Voter ID bill.
Bomhack had been running for the assembly to replace Marklein but with the strong candidacy of fellow Democrat Dick Cates, a UW professor and respected local farmer, Bomhack may have seen the writing on the wall and announced he would instead run for Schultz’s seat.
It had been rumored for some time that Bomhack would switch races and his announcement this week confirmed those rumors.
“I’m running because I love my community and our way of life in southwest Wisconsin. I want to make a difference for our rural communities and I believe the best way I can serve is by fighting for our values in the State Senate.” Bomhaack said.
“There’s so much work to be done to move Wisconsin forward. We need to reform redistricting. We need to ensure strong, local controls over frack sand mining. And we need to strengthen our rural communities byrepairing our roads, expanding access to broadband, and reinvesting in our public and technical schools.
“From talking with friends and neighbors, I know that the people of southwest Wisconsin have had enough of the tea party agenda in Madison.
“The Wisconsin way is not to ‘divide and conquer.’ The Wisconsin way is to invite everyone to the table so we can solve the problems that affect all of us here in the Badger State.“Our best legislators have been independent minded. As state senator, I will always put the interests of our rural communities first.
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