Truman joins race for 44th; will run on GOP ticket
Janesville City Council member Bill Truman said he’s running to represent the Republican Party on the fall ballot for the 44th Assembly District seat.
The winner of what is now a four-way primary Sept. 14 is likely to face Democrat Mike Sheridan, the speaker of the Assembly, on Nov. 2.
“I’ve never been affiliated with a party. I’ve always been an independent,” Truman said, although he has leaned toward Republicans in recent elections.
Truman, 52, said he could never run as a Democrat, and he rejected as politically unrealistic the idea of running as an independent.
Truman said he wants to hold down spending but increase incentives for manufacturers to create jobs here to compete with other states that offer more.
Truman also would like to hold the line on taxes.
Spending more on job incentives and holding down taxes could mean cutting spending elsewhere, Truman acknowledged.
Truman said he has a lot to learn about state government, but he would look at the broad range of entitlements and programs as he seeks budget cuts.
Truman has served three years on the Janesville City Council. His second term is up next April.
Truman lives at 444 Applewood Lane, which is in the district, he said. He is married and father of five children, ages 18 to 27. He was laid off from LSI in December 2008.
The other Republicans in the Sept. 14 primary are:
-- Charles Knipp, a former Janesville city assessor who lives in Madison.
-- Joe Knilans, a former General Motors worker who lives in Janesville but just outside the 44th District.
-- Ken Brotheridge, who works at Rasmussen College in Rockford, Ill., and recently announced he has moved into the district.