Liebert entering race for 44th District seat

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Monday, February 6, 2012
— A second member of the Janesville City Council has announced his candidacy for the 44th Assembly District seat.

Sam Liebert, 26, said he will run as a progressive Democrat to fight for the middle class. He joins three other candidates running as Democrats. They are fellow council member Yuri Rashkin, Janesville School Board member Kevin Murray, and former school board member Deb Kolste.

A partisan primary will be Aug. 14, with the winner moving on to face incumbent Rep. Joe Knilans, R-Janesville, in the November general election.

“I’ve truly been inspired by the Recall Walker movement,” Liebert said in a news release. “As a life-long progressive, I share in the disappointment and anger with Scott Walker’s performance as governor and his rubber-stamp Legislature.

“When you begin to attack teachers, nurses and other vital public servants and blame them for a budget shortfall, you’ve crossed a serious line.”

Liebert, 234 N. Terrace St., has lived in Janesville for 22 years and is a self-employed political consultant. A 2003 graduate of Parker High School, he attended UW-Rock County and is enrolled at American Public University. He has worked at the grassroots level for President Barack Obama, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. From 2009-10, he served as deputy White House liaison to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Liebert says his focus will be on jobs, education and government accountability.

“We’ve had a lock-step ‘yes man’ for Scott Walker this past year, and, in November, that will end,” he said.

Last updated: 7:47 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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