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3 Democrats face off in 15th Senate District primary

Published On: Aug 11 2014 07:01:57 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2014 07:06:40 AM CDT

Creating sustainable jobs is a priority for all three democrats challenging each other in Tuesday's primary election for a chance to represent the 15th Senate District; but it's their approach that distinguishes them.


Creating sustainable jobs is a priority for all three Democrats challenging each other in Tuesday's primary election for a chance to represent the 15th Senate District; but it's their approach that distinguishes them.

Lifelong Evansville resident and 45th Assembly District Rep. Janis Ringhand, said tackling education is the key to keep jobs within the state.

"I'm a strong believer in tying education to job creation. Right now, at workforce development we have been able to allocate $34 million that will go to our technical schools to eliminate the waiting list to get the people the training they need," said Ringhand.

First-time candidate and former aide to retiring Sen. Tim Cullen, Austin Sciezinski, said his focus is on small businesses as he looks to implement a six-point plan if elected.

"We are losing jobs and losing job creators and that's direct result of losing those businesses. So, I think we need to work to encourage start-ups and local businesses to expand," he said.

Former Assembly Rep. and Speaker Mike Sheridan is taking a different approach by focusing on ways to expand the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport to bring manufactures to the area.

"We have the best workers in the world and I think that what we have to do is put our best foot forward and go out and make sure the world knows we have the greatest workers and I think that companies will come back to Wisconsin."

However, for all three candidates, it's their backgrounds they hope will influence the vote on Tuesday.

"I have the relationships built up through labor and the business communities. Those are the kind of skills that you need. There is no time for a learning curve here. You need somebody who has the proven skills to get things done and the proven record of getting things done and I'm the only one who has that," said Sheridan.

"If we are ever are going to go to a more collaborative place, more civil discourse, a place where we really focus on our constituents and getting things done instead of political games, it's going to come from new voices and new blood in the Capitol, and that's what I would like to offer," Scieszinski said.

"The local government background really gave me a broad basis of different areas, that touches not just local government but state government and gave me the ability work with people to learn how to deal with issues that are upsetting," said Ringhand.

The winner of Tuesday's primary election will face republican Brian Fitzgerald in the general elections this November.

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