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Local man may challenge Sen. Robson

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
June 26, 2009
— A rural Janesville man is considering a run for state Senate, challenging longtime legislator Judy Robson.

Rick Richard said he is looking to run on the Republican ticket. Robson is a Democrat. The election is in November 2010.


Richard, 42, of 2625 W. Highway 14 in Janesville Township, is co-owner of RD Worldwide, a management search and temporary staffing firm. The other owner is his wife, Diedre Richard, who was elected to the Janesville School Board in April.


“I believe the district needs strong and active leadership for new job creation in the Whitewater/Rock County area,” Richard said in an e-mail response to questions from The Gazette. “There are proven solutions to be put in place to help our communities become more competitive in winning employers and jobs.”


Richard said he has been meeting informally with people to hear about issues important to them.


Richard said he was born in Platteville and raised in Kieler. The Richard family has lived here for three years after moving from the Detroit area.


Robson, of Beloit, has been a state senator since 1998. She previously served in the Assembly, starting in 1987.


So far, Robson is the only 15th Senate District candidate registered to run in the 2010 elections.


Richard said he might register in July.



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