Devin LeMahieu to run for state Senate

Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg has announced his candidacy for the State Senate as a Republican.

“We need a strong conservative candidate to represent the citizens in the 9th District,” LeMahieu said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “This Senate race is vitally important in helping Gov. Walker to continue moving Wisconsin forward. My experience as a business owner and on the Sheboygan Board County Board provides me with the invaluable background to serve the citizens of the 9th District.”

LeMahieu has served on the Sheboygan County Board for eight years where he has been a member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Chairman of the Human Resource Committee. LeMahieu owns the Lakeshore Weekly.

“During my eight years on the county board we have reduced payroll related expenses by over $13 million, stream-lined programs, reduced the tax levy four of the last seven years and avoided burdening Sheboygan County residents with a county sales tax all while maintaining high quality services and employees,” LeMahieu said. “In addition to my eight years of experience on the County Board, I have also owned and operated my own business for the last 12 years.”

Local endorsements include Sheboygan County GOP Chairman Paul Gruber, Vice-Chairman Dennis Gasper, Sheboygan County Board Chairman Roger TeStroete, Sheboygan County Clerk Jon Dolson and Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe.

Gruber stated, “I’m excited to see Devin LeMahieu, an experienced Sheboygan County supervisor, take his consensus-building and fiscal resolving skills to the Wisconsin State Senate. As an experienced businessman and insightful problem solver for the county board he will wisely and diligently work with Gov. Walker and others to keep leading Wisconsin to a better future for our families.”

TeStroete said, “Devin’s leadership as Chairman of the HR Committee and member of the Finance Committee has helped keep the wage and benefit costs down to allow the tax levy to be lowered four of the last seven years.”

Current state Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, is giving up his seat to run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat currently held by Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac. LeMahieu is the first Republican candidate for the seat. Martha Laning, former director of the Plymouth Intergenerational Center, is the only Democratic candidate for the seat thus far.

The 9th District includes the northern half of Sheboygan County as well as parts of Calumet, Fond du Lac and Manitowoc counties.

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