Janesville native announces bid for state treasurer
Feldt announced Monday he is running as a Republican for the job in the November election.
He said he brings the right mix of public- and private-sector experience to an important state position.
“Recent troubles with delays in processing unclaimed property requests and questionable hiring practices have tarnished the office,” his news release states.
He will work to ensure claims are processed in a timely manner, he said.
Feldt brings more than seven years of experience working in the state treasurer’s office as executive assistant under Jack Voight.
“I know how the office operates and can hit the ground running,” Feldt said.
While living in Evansville, Feldt served seven years on the Rock County Board and was vice chairman of the finance committee. He also worked as vice president of governmental relations for Forward Janesville. He left the area for 2 1/2 years to work as the director of economic development for the Mahaska Community Development Group in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Feldt and his wife made their way back to Janesville during the pregnancy of their third child, and he worked for six months as the assistant to local billionaire and philanthropist Ken Hendricks until Hendricks’ death in 2007. His current position is economic development director for the city of East Moline, Ill., though he said he has given his letter of resignation so he can return to Janesville to work on his campaign.
His family still owns a home in Janesville, and he said he looks forward to returning.
If elected, he said he would use his experience to promote the state to potential businesses. He believes the treasurer should be a partner in helping retain current businesses and attract new ones.
Feldt will face Kurt Schuller of Eden and Jason Punzel of Madison in a Republican primary Sept. 14. Incumbent Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass, meanwhile, will face city of Madison budget analyst Dan Bohrod in a Democratic primary the same day.
Last updated: 12:41 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012