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Towns wants Assembly seat back

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Stacy Vogel
January 9, 2008

This fall’s race for the 43rd Assembly District is shaping up to be a rematch of the 2006 election.


Republican Debi Towns announced Tuesday she will seek to reclaim her old seat from Democrat Kim Hixson, who defeated Towns by a mere 38 votes in November 2006.


“I think I could do a better job,” Towns said. “I think I did a better job.”


Towns said she proved herself to be an active lawmaker in her two terms in the state Assembly, while she hasn’t heard of any legislation Hixson has passed in his first year in the legislature.


But Hixson said he’s focused on issues voters care about, sponsoring bills to offer tax credits to homeowners and college graduates who stay in Wisconsin. He also lobbied the federal government as part of a bipartisan effort to extend SeniorCare, Wisconsin’s prescription drug plan, he said.


“I think what voters are looking for is really someone to represent their interests and not represent just a political party,” Hixson said.


Towns, a dairy farmer and educator, said she will focus on job growth, maintaining good schools, access to higher education and the high cost of health care in her campaign.


She said she supports making health care less expensive but not government-run health care. She criticized Hixson for supporting Healthy Wisconsin, a plan introduced by the Democrats in 2007 to provide mandated universal health care. The plan did not survive the state budget process.


She also criticized Hixson for supporting what she called “massive tax increases” in the Democrats’ version of the 2007-09 budget.


Hixson said he was proud to obtain funding in the state budget for several local projects, including a new assistant district attorney for Rock County, a highway study in Porter Township and a multi-purpose trail in Whitewater.


The 43rd district covers parts of Rock, Walworth, Dane and Jefferson counties, including Whitewater, Milton, Footville and Orfordville.



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