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Two to challenge Baldwin for 2nd District seat

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 1, 2008
— Dave Magnum will not make a third run this year for the 2nd District congressional seat held by Tammy Baldwin, but two others are running against the five-term incumbent.

Magnum, a Republican who owns a number of radio stations, lost to Baldwin, D-Madison, in 2004 and 2006, never garnering more than 37.1 percent of the vote.


The Federal Elections Commission lists two Madison men seeking the GOP nomination in the 2nd District: David Redick and Daniel Peter Theron.


Redick is the former chairman of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party, according to the Web site of America’s Roadmap to Success, an organization Redick founded. He also owns EnergyXperts-USA, which he describes as an engineering and sales firm for green energy products.


Redick has run in the past for state Assembly as well as U.S. House and Senate. He says in an essay on the America’s Roadmap to Success Web site that President Bush knew in advance of the World Trade Center 9/11 attack and “conspired to ‘allow’ the attack to happen.”


Theron’s Web site says he has a Ph.D. in mathematics and has taught at UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater and Beloit College.


Theron, of Madison, was the only candidate listed on the state Republican Party Web site Monday.


Theron describes himself as a software creator who has consulted with companies on software and Web-site design.


Theron offers no specific policies on his Web site, but he promises more in the months ahead. He said he believes in limited government that does not foster dependence. He said the nation needs to solve problems with national security policy, the economy, energy and opportunity for all to “break the bonds of poverty.”


Magnum hinted in a statement issued Monday that he might run for public office in the future, saying: “I appreciate the folks who believe I'd make a good public servant, and I do hope to prove them right one day.”


Magnum owns a radio group. He said that he has added stations to his group since the last election, “and I need to concentrate on getting them up to speed.”


The deadline for registering to run for Congress is Tuesday, July 8.



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