JANESVILLE

Nick Polce thinks House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, has done a lot for Janesville and Wisconsin during his term in Congress.

More recently, however, Polce has been concerned about the decisions coming out of Congress, and that’s one of the reasons he’s running for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Ryan, he said.

Ryan announced in April that he would not seek re-election.

On Tuesday, Polce, a Republican, greeted supporters at Jeff’s Coffee Bar, 101 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. About a dozen people attended.

“One of the reasons we did come out to campaign was some of the choices the leadership were making weren’t in the best interest of Americans,” Polce said.

As examples, Polce pointed to the the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that came out of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in 2015 and the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that came of out the House this year.

“That kind of spending makes us poor, it hurts our economy, and it becomes a security issue when foreign entities hold as much of our debt as they do,” Polce said in an interview before the meeting.

Polce said he would be campaigning on a variety of issues including immigration reform, term limits and driving down health care costs.

The first part of immigration reform should be securing the borders—building the wall and taking other steps to make the country more secure. But a the same time, reform has to include the opportunity for businesses to get the workers they need, he said.

For example, many Wisconsin dairy farms depend on year-round help from other countries. There ought to be a way to get those workers legally, he said.

On term limits, Polce believes in the concept of the citizen statesman.

“What’s the role of an elected official?” Polce asked. “I don’t believe that you go to Washington and spend a career there. You go, you serve for a few years, and then you return to the private sector.”

He believes that there are several things the government could do to drive down health care costs, but “they chose not to.”

Polce is from Lake Geneva, according to the biography on his website, nickpolceforcongress.com. From 2002-2014, Polce served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, more commonly referred to as the Green Berets. He is a businessman and entrepreneur, according to his biography.

Polce will likely face Bryan Steil, Jeremy Ryan, Brad Boivin, Kevin Steen and Paul Nehlen in the Republican primary in August.

Two Democrats also are running: Janesville School Board member Cathy Myers and Milwaukee iron worker Randy Bryce.

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