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Ringhand announces bid for 80th Assembly seat

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Gazette staff
April 27, 2010
— An open seat in the 80th Assembly District is attracting Evansville alderwoman Janis Ringhand to make a third run at the Legislature.

Ringhand, a Democrat, announced Monday she will run for the district this fall. The seat is held by Rep. Brett Davis, R-Oregon, who is running for lieutenant governor.


Ringhand will face Republican Dan Henke, who is president of the Monroe City Council.


“As a small business operator and accountant for years, I understand the challenges facing local employers and families throughout our community,” Ringhand said in a statement. “I am committed to working to get our economy back on track and bringing family supporting jobs to our district.”


Ringhand ran for the 8oth seat twice before—she lost to Davis by 249 votes in 2006, and she was unsuccessful in the 2004 primary for the seat, which was open at the time.


The 80th District includes the city Evansville and Union and Magnolia townships in Rock County, all of Green County, the southern townships in Dane County and South Wayne and Wayne Township in Lafayette County.


Ringhand, a former Evansville mayor, most recently served as the executive director of Creekside Place, where she helped raise more than $1.2 million locally to fund a new senior and community center.


She has worked as the accountant for Ringhand Meats, a family-owned business that operated for 17 years. Ringhand also started a new small-business venture, producing and selling Ringhand’s Beer Mustard. She has held various leadership positions throughout the area.


Ringhand and her husband, Gordon, a retired employee of Allied Automotive Carriers and a UAW member, have two grown children and four grandchildren, all residing in the 80th District.


“Families and businesses in our district need a representative who will focus on keeping the jobs we have and bringing new jobs to the community. I look forward to bringing that leadership to Madison,” Ringhand said.



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