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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

 10:48 PM 

Steitz touts experience in looking ahead to race with Wirch

Dems have been trying to use Jonathan Steitz's work as a corporate attorney against him.

But he says that work, coupled with once owning a small business, give him the perspective needed to help improve the economy in the 22nd SD.

"My vision and my argument is we need to get away from the class warfare rhetoric that Bob Wirch likes to spout, and we need to have an understanding that we have to get the tax burden on businesses down to encourage business to relocate here," Steitz said in a phone interview after winning the GOP primary. "It needs to be more than just special interest tax breaks and one-time breaks like a TIF district. It needs to be systematic change."

With 100 percent of the vote in, Steitz had 5,981 votes, or 64 percent, while Kenosha County Supv. Fred Ekrornaas had 3,369 votes, or 36 percent. Steitz will face Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, in the Aug. 16 general election.

If elected, Steitz's stay in the Senate could be short. Under legislation working its way through the Legislature this week, Steitz would not live in the 22nd SD as configured for the 2012 election. Even if he moved into the proposed district, which would largely cover the city of Kenosha and part of Racine, it is projected to be so solidly Dem that it would be difficult at best for any Republican to hold the seat.

Steitz said he didn't bother worry about things like the legal challenges filed in the recall process because he couldn't control the outcome. Likewise, he's putting redistricting in that category.

"You just never know where things are going to end up," he said, adding the maps could still change, particularly with an expected legal challenge. "I’m just going to focus on what I can control, beating Bob Wirch in four weeks, and then I'll worry about redistricting after that."

-- By JR Ross

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