Knudson wins assembly seat
Republican Dean Knudson was the winner of the 30th District Wisconsin Assembly seat Tuesday night, defeating Democrat Matt Borup. Although results were not totally complete at press time, Knudson held a substantial 12,096-7,325 lead with only a few precincts left to report. Knudson won every district precinct with the exception of three in the city of River Falls.
Knudson, mayor of Hudson, will assume the post that was held by fellow-Republican Kitty Rhoades since 1998. Earlier this year Rhoades announced she wouldn't seek re-election. Knudson will be sworn into office in Madison on Jan. 3.
He was part of a Republican resurgence in Wisconsin that now has a Republican governor and possible control of both the State Senate and Assembly.
"I'm proud of our campaign," Knudson said Tuesday night during a victory party at the Hudson Golf Course. "We focused on issues and sent a positive message."
Knudson said that from the beginning he talked about ideas.
"We had the best group of volunteers - a great organization," Knudson said. "My supporters were extremely motive and excited. They were all great."
He said his election is a reflection of the sentiments of voters around the state and across the country.
"The mood of the electorate is that they want to see a different approach - a new direction," Knudson said. "This will go down as one of the most historic state elections.
"It looks like we might have a Republican governor and control of both the Assembly and Senate. That will make it possible to enact some innovative reform ideas."
Knudson said his campaign has emphasized the need for less spending and more jobs.
There has actually been a pretty clear choice all summer during the campaign," Knudson said. "Jobs will be my first, second and third priority."
He said he is excited to get to Madison and begin working on the issues.
"We took our message to the people - block by block - and they have sent a clear message that they want to see things done differently in Madison."
Knudson praised his opponent Matt Borup.
"I give Matt credit, he worked hard," Knudson said. "He's a nice guy who gave it his all and I give him credit for that."
Knudson, 49, is a Veterinarian; he and his wife Joy have two children. He has been active in the community, involved in city government and several civic organizations. He was a member of the city council from 1995 to 2001 and was elected mayor in 2008.
Borup, 32, is a newcomer to politics. He is a woodshop manager and he and his wife Kristin have two children.
Republicans were also successful in state-wide and federal races. Scott Walker topped Tom Barrett for governor; challenger Ron Johnson defeated longtime incumbent Russ Feingold for the U.S. Senate seat; still undetermined at press time was the winner of the Ron Kind-Dan Kapanke race for the 3rd District Congressional seat. Kind held a slight lead early Wednesday morning.