“Racine County has one of the worst unemployment situations in the state,” Wanggaard said. “With so many Wisconsinites and Racinians struggling to make ends meet, I am concerned that our state lawmakers are taking us in the wrong direction. We need a senator who will vote ‘no’ on higher taxes and job-killing policies. My campaign will be about giving the people of the 21st Senate District the representation they deserve in the State Senate.A former City of Racine police officer, Wanggaard is a member of the Racine Police and Fire Commission. He was first elected to the county board in 2002. His campaign website is HERE.
“Citizens of the 21st Senate District are struggling every day to pay their bills and put food on the table. Hard-working people are being laid off, businesses are closing their doors, and families are being forced to tighten their belts like never before. Meanwhile, politicians in Madison are increasing wasteful and unnecessary spending and increasing taxes on everything from fuel to cell phone bills. It’s time for real leadership and real representation for the citizens of the 21st Senate District.
"My priorities will focus on strengthening our remaining businesses and creating a greater potential for job creation and expansion. Also, public safety is a priority that must be addressed. Releasing felons from prisons early for budgetary reasons circumvents the criminal justice process and puts the safety and security of our neighborhoods in jeopardy. To be successful, we have to decrease the individual tax burden, create good-paying jobs, attract new business, ensure public safety, and maintain core services for the hard-working people of the state.”
Lehman issued his own statement in response to Wanggaard's announcement.
“While I now have an announced challenger for State Senate I remain focused on the job the people of Racine County elected me to do. Clearly my opponent is announcing his campaign so early - sixteen months prior to the election -- to start the chase for special interest cash and try to match the $400,000 that was spent against me by my last opponent.Lehman defeated Racine County Executive Bill McReynolds in 2008.
"The voters of the 21st Senate District deserve an honest campaign that’s focused on what needs to be done to meet the challenges we face. When the time is right I’m going to run just that kind of campaign and hope that my opponent feels the same and his campaign would reflect that.
"It’s hard work, leadership, and a willingness to be straight with the people about the choices and the investments we need to make that will get our economy going again. The same old, tired partisan politics and rhetoric doesn’t create jobs, improve schools, keep our streets safe, make health care more affordable or balance a state budget.
"I’ve been working to make our communities stronger as citizen and concerned father, teacher, alderman and now a member of the State Senate. I’ve never shied away from taking on the powerful special interests to stand up for middle class and working families, kids and seniors. I’m proud to stand on my record."