Jauch runs againState Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, today announced his candidacy for re-election with a pledge to continue vigorous representation of the values and priorities of the citizens of northern Wisconsin.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, today announced his candidacy for re-election with a pledge to continue vigorous representation of the values and priorities of the citizens of northern Wisconsin.
He vows to strengthen communities and work for improved economic vitality in the north.
“There is no more important responsibility for a public official than to work with local officials in the development of solutions that improve our lives,” Jauch said. “The record will show that I have been at the center of almost every major issue to assure that state government is responsive to northern Wisconsin’s unique needs and that necessary resources are available to help our region grow. It goes without saying that the worst national economic collapse in 80 years has been hard on families and business, however, I am proud of worker training, unemployment compensation and other programs to help struggling families, who through no fault of their own are at risk.”
Jauch said he was proud to be a major author of key economic development initiatives that spurred growth in large and small businesses throughout the north.
“I am truly excited for the 300 workers at Flambeau Paper in Park Falls whose jobs were saved by a strong government-private partnership,” Jauch said. “I am equally thrilled that a special small business loan program that I helped create has benefited over 20 small businesses and protected hundreds of northern jobs.”
The senator has served in the legislature since he was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1982. He was first elected to senate in 1986 and twice served as a minority leader in 1993 and 1995.
Jauch is facing a Republican challenger in November. Rice Lake businessman Dane Deutsch is challenging the senator.
Jauch said his priority is to make certain northern Wisconsin citizens are treated as equals to those in the rest of the state.
“My primary responsibility is to seek solutions so that our region can prosper along with more populated and wealthier communities,” Jauch said. “The one thing I never tolerate are opportunities available in southern Wisconsin but denied in the north. It is essential to obtain our fair share so that our children can have equal educational opportunity and our citizens can be assured of quality essential services.”
Jauch said northern Wisconsin values guide his work in Madison.
“The citizens of northern Wisconsin care very deeply about their neighbors and conscientiously work to help others who may be less fortunate,” he said.
And protecting the Great Lakes has long been a priority for the senator who worked to establish the Great Lakes water compact and stringent standards for ballast water during his tenure as the 25th District representative.
“My goal is to get results, not be righteous,” Jauch said. “Whether it was the Great Lakes water compact where partisan politics tried to block our effort to protect the stealing of our water or whether it amounted to confronting childcare fraud and abuse I have worked to be a problem solver.”