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Kolste to run in 44th district

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Catherine W. Idzerda
December 5, 2011
— A former Janesville School Board member announced Sunday that she will be a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 44th District Assembly seat in 2012.

Deb Kolste, 58, 4105 Parkview Drive, Janesville, will face two opponents in the Democratic primary, Janesville City Council member Yuri Rashkin and Janesville School Board member Kevin Murray.


Kolste seeks the chance to take on incumbent Rep. Joe Knilans, R-Janesville, in next year’s election.


“I think I could bring a different perspective to the work,” Kolste said.


Kolste, a medical technologist, spent nine years on the Janesville School Board and has been active in a variety of volunteer activities, including HealthNet, the Mercy Health System Association of Volunteers, the Literacy Connection and the PTO and the PTA. She also serves on the board of the YMCA.


In a news release, Kolste, said her experience in education, health care and as a volunteer in the community will help her to provide a new voice in the Legislature.


“Schools are important here and we have always provided terrific educational opportunities,’’ Kolste said in the news release. “I think state government should work to ensure that we continue to provide opportunity.’’


She opposes the attacks on collective bargaining rights and noted that many veteran teachers have left education as a result. Eliminating the right of collective bargaining has not helped balance school budgets or created a single job, Kolste said in the release.


Property taxpayers spend more for less under Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature, she said.


“Property taxes have risen at the same time job growth is going backward,’’ she said in the news release. “In Janesville, tax increases are being disguised as new fees. We have to create conditions that are conducive to business and fair to taxpayers. Tax incentives to business must be used to create or retain jobs.’’


Kolste helped create and operate a successful business and believes that small businesses form the backbone of every community, she said.



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