Another Orfordville trustee announces run for 45th
ORFORDVILLE Russell Rucker is the second Orfordville village trustee to announce a run for the 45th District Assembly spot as a Republican.
Rucker joins three women who also have experience on municipal boards, including fellow village trustee and Republican candidate Beth Schmidt. Democrats in the race are 80th District Rep. Janis Ringhand and Beloit City Council member Sheila De Forest.
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, is the incumbent in the 45th, but redistricting puts her in the 31st District for the fall elections, while Ringhand of Evansville will now be in the 45th.
Rucker plans to make his official announcement at 6 p.m. Thursday at the gantry in downtown Beloit.
Russell said he's wanted to run for Assembly for several years, but he now has experience after being elected to his second term on the village board.
Rucker is a painter and has served on the board for the painters Local 802 in Madison.
He has tried to hold down spending in the village, he said, citing his votes against upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant that he said were too expensive.
"I just feel we should try to live within our means," he said.
He would like to see changes in education, including getting rid of curriculum mandates.
"I think the school districts should have more say in what goes on—the more local it is, I think, the better," he said.
He's also concerned about the economy, having spent time unemployed or underemployed in the construction industry.
"I just thought I could make a difference if I got up there," he said.