Three GOP candidates running to take out Zigmunt

It’s a crowded GOP primary field in the 2nd Assembly District.  So just who are the candidates hoping to defeat incumbent Ted Zigmunt this November?

For those outside the 2nd Assembly District,

Ted Zigmunt is the incumbent in the 2nd Assembly District, which includes the city of Two Rivers and northern portions of Manitowoc County, as well as areas of Brown County.

The Democrat defeated seven-term incumbent Republican Frank Lasee in 2010.

Three GOP contenders have qualified for the Sept. 14 primary ballot. The winner will face Zigmunt in November.

First up Andre Jacques

A resident of Bellevue, Andre Jacque is a planner with Green Bay Metro. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he returned to Northeastern Wisconsin to work as a consultant, “because of my connection to the community and everything it offers for family life,” he said.

Jacque said he is active in a number of organizations, as a board or committee member, for affiliates of Crime Stoppers, United Way, Teen Leadership, Knights of Columbus and local taxpayer groups. He said he was pleased to be recognized in 2007 by the Bay Business Journal as one of its “25 People You Should Know.”

“As a fiscal and social conservative, I am concerned about the excesses of our state government, which spends more money than it has and places that burden on future generations including my children,” Jacque said.
He said the state taxes more than its residents can afford, “which fails to reflect our values, and (it) has declared war on investment and job creators at all levels. Though a first-time candidate, I have long been active in conservative causes, and I’m proud to be Wisconsin Right to Life’s only endorsed candidate in this election.”

Second up Terry Ostrander

A resident of Two Rivers, Terry Ostrander is president of Lakeshore Investment, Insurance & Tax Services in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. He said he is a financial and retirement planner, as well as a certified tax specialist, chartered retirement planning counselor, certified fund specialist, accredited retirement advisor and chartered senior financial planner.

Ostrander said that he believes that “bigger government is not better government.” He said he wants to reduce the size and spending of government in Madison and “work to make Wisconsin a place where businesses want to locate and grow versus moving from the state due to the difficulties that are currently being faced.”

Third up Jeff Van Straten

A resident of Ledgeview, Jeff VanStraten said he attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for marketing transportation, Fox Valley Technical College for diesel mechanics and Lakeland College for business studies.

“My motivation to run for this position stems from growing up in a business-orientated family environment,” VanStraten said. “My father, Don, owns VanStraten Trucking Sand and Gravel, and, now that I own my own company, I am able to see firsthand the changes that have occurred in Wisconsin.

“There is a need for change in the business environment. I am a conservative Republican who is an advocate for business sustainability, tax reform, and job creation and retention,” he said.

“I believe that a healthier Wisconsin starts with lowering taxes and mandates for business owners so we can successfully create the jobs that so many people in Wisconsin need right now.” (Source: HTR)

Go to the source to learn more about each candidate.

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Avery denied new trial

Good.  The crime committed was despicable.

A Manitowoc County judge has denied Steven Avery’s request for a new trial.

The Mishicot man was convicted in the 2005 slaying of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

In arguing for a new trial, attorneys for the 47-year-old Avery alleged that his previous trial was marred by a number of procedural errors.

They said one juror was granted dismissal even though deliberations had already begun. They also said the juror didn’t give a strong enough reason to justify dismissal.

But Judge Patrick L. Willis wasn’t convinced. He ruled Monday that the court used its best discretion when dismissing the juror, who said the trial was putting strain on his marriage. Willis notes the defense also agreed to the dismissal. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

So he stays in prison.  Considering the gruesomeness of his crime that seems unfair, but since Wisconsin doesn’t have the death penalty.

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