Wynn enters fight to retain 43rd District seat
WHITEWATER Rep. Evan Wynn has announced he will run for re-election in the 43rd Assembly District.
Wynn, R-Whitewater, was first elected in November 2010, beating incumbent Democrat Kim Hixson by 5 percentage points.
"This state is still in need of leadership in Madison, and the opportunity to continue leading Wisconsin forward is one that I am excited to undertake," Wynn said in a statement released Monday.
Wynn expects opposition from Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson. Jorgensen is expected to run in the 43rd after his 37th District was carved up during redistricting.
Wynn touts his record of introducing bills that became law with bipartisan support. He said he also was an independent-minded legislator, sometimes voting with a minority of Republicans.
Wynn voted with the majority for Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget, which cut aid to local governments, and Act 10, which removed collective bargaining options for some public employees.
"We had to make cuts in order to tackle the $3.6 billion budget deficit while protecting those in need by increasing the health services budget by $1.8 billion and expanding Family Care," Wynn said.
"Being a leader is being able to make the hard decisions. Anyone can be the nice guy and give away other people's money," Wynn said.
Wynn said the economy and employment would be his top priority if he is re-elected. He also said he wants to protect property owners during road development and placement of sexual offenders in communities.
The 43rd Assembly District covers parts of Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties.