Elkhorn resident challenging incumbent Kedzie for Senate seat

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
— An Elkhorn resident will again challenge incumbent Neal Kedzie for the 11th Senate District seat.

L.D. "Red" Rockwell, 70, on Monday said he will run on a platform of strengthening Wisconsin's educational system and promoting a cleaner environment.

"We need to keep our children's educations front and foremost," Rockwell said.

He is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate district that includes parts of Walworth, Waukesha, Jefferson and Kenosha counties.

Rockwell said schools could be improved by limiting classroom size, adding teacher aides and reducing state government involvement in administration.

Rockwell said the environment is important, too, and he favors clean waterways, renewable energy and reduce usage of coal-fired plants, especially on college campuses.

Kedzie, an Elkhorn Republican, has not formally announced he intent to seek re-election, but he said he will.

This is the second time Rockwell has challenged Kedzie in as many elections.

Rockwell moved to Elkhorn in the 1980s after retiring from the Air Force and working as a purchasing agent in California, Illinois and Wisconsin.

While in the Air Force, Rockwell was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor device, an award resulting from an act of combat heroism, he said.

He lives in Elkhorn with his wife and is the parent of three children.

Kedzie is completing his second Senate term. He also served in the Assembly from 1996 to 2000.

Last updated: 12:49 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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