|Blog: Janesville Democrats want their Assembly seat back|
|Written by Dan Plutchak|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 14:21|
Janesville Democrats have their eyes on an Assembly seat they feel should have been theirs all along.
The first step in that direction takes place at the Aug. 14 primary, where voters will decide who challenges Republican Joe Knilans, the incumbent in the 44th District, which represents nearly all of Janesville in the State Assembly.
The four primary challengers made their case Tuesday during a forum at the Janesville Senior Center sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Forward Janesville.
The Democrats in the race are Deb Kolste, Sam Liebert, Kevin Murray and Yuri Rashkin.
Kolste is a former member of the Janesville School Board. Liebert and Rashkin served on the city council and Murray is finishing his term on the school board.
The seat was comfortably in Democratic hands when Mike Sheridan was elected in 2004 to the state Assembly. The former United Auto Workers president rose through the ranks to Assembly speaker, but got caught up in a scandal where he dated a lobbyist for the payday loan industry at the same time that the Legislature was considering regulations on the industry.
Say what you want about party loyalties in Janesville, that didn’t sit well with voters.
That opened the door for Knilans, who won election two years ago. Knilans has been loyal to Gov. Scott Walker and Walker’s approach to solving the state’s budget woes ... CONTINUED