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Former GM worker will run in 44th

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Gazette Staff
April 25, 2010
— A former General Motors employee this weekend announced his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 44th Assembly District.

Joe Knilans, a Republican, is a southern Wisconsin native and a former assembler and supervisor at GM. He said Friday he plans to run for the Assembly seat now held by Janesville Democrat Mike Sheridan.


Knilans said one of his hopes is to bring jobs back to the area.


“Like many others in this town, I have been affected by the economic downturn and I will do everything I can to get this community back on its feet again,” Knilans said in a news release.


Knilans now is employed by J.G. Innovations of Janesville. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UW-Whitewater.


Knilans said he’s concerned about a loss of companies in southern Wisconsin in the last four years. Compared to recent and increases in private business growth in adjacent states. He said he would try to streamline regulations, which he says hamper business development in the state.


Knilans said he also seeks to rein in government spending and lower taxes.


“The people have put in their fair share, however they haven’t received a fair return on their investment. (Cuts in) government spending coupled with lowering taxes will help the people of this community bounce back,” Knilans said in the release.



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