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Duffy doesn't pass smell test

My name is Steven Johnsen. Born and raised in Superior, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior under the GI bill. I have retired after a career in operations of waste treatment facilities. I receive Medicare and Social Security benefits.

My name is Steven Johnsen. Born and raised in Superior, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior under the GI bill. I have retired after a career in operations of waste treatment facilities. I receive Medicare and Social Security benefits.

I have been privileged to participate in civic, community and nonprofit organizations as a volunteer and board member, and hold others who do the same in high esteem.

The mean-spirited vitriol of the current political environment has caused me to share my views and offer support to candidates that demonstrate a career of service and show respect for the people they ask to represent today. One such person is Mary Hoeft, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District seat, currently held by Sean Duffy.

Hoeft shows her commitment to people of the region in her career as an educator, advocate and supporter of causes that make a difference in the lives of people in our district. She lives by the smell test - if something stinks, she strives to understand the issue, gathers information from those impacted by the issue and doesn't back down when she comes face-to-face with people in power. She pushes through barriers to find those truths that matter and helps others to reach understanding through patience, study and discussion.

I agree with Mary that her opponent cannot be for us when his candidacy is funded (over $2 million in the last six years) by outside interests in the finance industry and Wall Street bankers. He thinks his seat on a house finance oversight committee is more important than his responsibilities to the residents of his district. He routinely rejects requests by constituents for support because he doesn't identify with issues that affect people's lives.

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This stinks and it's time we tell Sean Duffy that he does not represent our northern Wisconsin values and should no longer represent us in Washington, D.C. The people know the truth about the candidates, and only Mary Hoeft deserves your support.

Join me in voting for Mary Hoeft for Wisconsin's 7th District in Congress on Nov. 8.

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