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Rhoades tops Parent in fight for Assembly

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Hudson native Kitty Rhoades defeated Democratic challenger Tom Parent Tuesday to earn a fourth term in the Wisconsin Assembly.

Rhoades, a former teacher and chamber of commerce president, has represented the 30th District since she was first elected in 1998.

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Unofficial results show she carried St. Croix County by nearly a 6,000-vote margin. At 1 a.m. with results from two major Pierce County municipalities still not in, Rhoades outpolled Parent 3,567 to 2,544 there.

Parent, River Falls, manages a small grocery store and is a former member of the River Falls City Council.

"They told me that No. 1, absolutely No. 1, is taxes, then health care, prescription drugs and, in our area, a lack of Wisconsin news," said Rhoades of the issues district voters are concerned about.

"Resoundingly, every door I went to (the issue was) taxes - property taxes and gas taxes," said Rhoades, early this morning.

Rhoades, who did a lot of door-to-door campaigning, said the reception she got from voters was "an incredibly positive response - particularly because we were talking about taxes and we were talking about health care."

"I believe that you campaign on either the issues or your track record, that's all there is to it," said Rhoades, commenting on the race.

The 30th District includes the cities of Hudson, River Falls and Prescott; the villages of North Hudson and Ellsworth; the St. Croix County towns of St. Joseph, Hudson and Troy; and the Pierce County towns of River Falls, Clifton, Oak Grove, Trimbelle, Diamond Bluff and Trenton.

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