Mike Sheridan files for candidacy for Senate seat

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Gazette staff
Friday, April 18, 2014

JANESVILLE—Former state Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan of Janesville has filed papers to run for state Senate this fall.

Sheridan said earlier this week he planned to publicaly announce his candidacy early next week. He filed paperwork to run for the 15th Senate District seat Friday, according to the state Government Accountability Board's website.

The seat will come open in November because incumbent Tim Cullen is stepping down.

Sheridan, who filed as a Democrat, is running along with Evansville Democrat Janis Ringhand and Austin Scieszinski, a Janesville native, for the Democratic nomination. One poll out of California conducted in March by several labor groups put Sheridan in a “dead heat” with Ringhand in the August primary.

Sheridan was elected to the 44th District of the state Assembly in 2004 and rose through the ranks to become Assembly speaker in 2009, only to lose his seat in 2010 to  Republican challenger Joe Knilans.

Sheridan, a former General Motors employee who is now a lobbyist for the state AFL-CIO, disclosed in 2010 that he was dating a lobbyist for the payday loan industry. At the time, he was going through a divorce and had relaxed his positions on regulating the payday loan industry.

Sheridan has said he'd run on a platform of “family-supporting jobs” and improvements to public education and local infrastructure.

Last updated: 6:16 pm Friday, April 18, 2014

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