|Ringhand, Schmidt to face off in 45th|
|Written by CSI Media staff|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:13|
Both candidates for the newly configured 45th assembly district will be leaning on their close community ties to help them to victory in November.
In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Janis Ringhand of Evansville, currently the 80th Assembly District representative, defeated Beloit City Councilwoman Sheila De Forest.
In the Republican primary, voters chose Beth Schmidt, an Orfordville village trustee, over Russell Rucker to advance to the general election.
Under the new district lines, the 45th Assembly District includes Orfordville, Evansville, much of the city of Beloit and the towns of Beloit, Avon, Magnolia and Newark.
Ringhand took nearly 63 percent of the vote, which she attributed to her determined effort to meet with residents. Her campaign knocked on more than 10,000 doors and called more than 1,000 people. She said she’s been out and will continue to get to know people in Beloit and Orfordville, both areas she does not currently represent.
Schmidt credited her involvement in the community and fairness to residents during her time on the Orfordville Village Board for helping her pull ahead of her fellow board trustee in the Republican primary.
“I guess we’re really ready to get back out there, talking to my neighbors and friends in the 45th — talking about how to bring jobs back to the 45th District,” she said. “In the next few weeks, I hope to show a clear contrast between me and my opponent.”
Jobs likely will be one of the top issues for voters this fall.
“I have been talking with businesses in the 80th and 45th districts. They are aware there is a ‘skills gap’ that needs to be addressed to get the proper training for the jobs that are available,” Ringhand said in an interview prior to the primary.
“Our technical schools and government agencies are aware of this gap, also, and are working on a manufacturing technology center for Rock County,” Ringhand said. “I support this program and will work to make it a reality.”
Schmidt said businesses will come and stay where it feel welcome and can expect a stable, balanced political environment.
“Govern-ment does not create jobs, people do, and we need to provide an environment that encourages people to invest their capital and take the risk of starting or locating and growing their businesses in Wisconsin,” Schmidt said. “I believe the solution is a combination of incentives, making it easier to do business and a stable supportive political environment,” she said.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:28|