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Congressional primary is Sept. 12

Antiwar candidate Chip DeNure is challenging incumbent Ron Kind in the Democratic primary in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District.

The winner of the primary election - set for Sept. 12 -- will face Republican Paul R. Nelson in the November general election.

Printed below are the candidates' responses to a series of questions.(For more election information, go to the RiverTown Newspaper Group Vote 2006 Web site at

Chip DeNure

Party: Democrat

Age: 57

Hometown: La Crosse

Family: Divorced, no children

Educational background: Bachelor of Science in education, UW-La Crosse, 1971; Bachelor of Science in communications, UW-Platteville, 1983

Professional background: Wisconsin probation/ parole agent, 1991 to present

Organizational memberships: AFSCME Local 2748

Previous elected office: None

What would your goals be if elected? What would be the main focuses of your term?

There's only one reason for my candidacy: the war in Iraq.

Ron Kind wants to stay the course until victory is achieved. I favor Senator Feingold's plan to redeploy our troops out of Iraq by July of next year.

I've never won an election in five tries. Ron Kind is a five-term incumbent. What a message it would send to Congress and the White House should I defeat Ron Kind on the issue of the war in Iraq.

Ron Kind

Party: Democrat

Age: 43

Hometown: La Crosse

Family: Wife Tawni, two sons Johnny and Matthew

Educational background: Graduate of Harvard University, 1985; Master's degree, London School of Economics; law degree, University of Minnesota

Professional background: U.S. congressman since 1997; currently serves on House Education and the Workforce, Resources and Budget committees and is minority chief deputy whip; previously La Crosse County prosecutor; practiced law for two years at Quarles and Brady in Milwaukee

Previous elected office: Elected to Congress since 1996

What would your goals be if elected? What would be the main focuses of your term?

Ensuring the residents of western Wisconsin have economic security, access to quality education and affordable health care will continue to be my top priorities.

As a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, I will advocate making college more affordable; from my position on the Budget Committee, I will work to ensure that our schools receive adequate funding for elementary and secondary education as they strive to meet the goals of No Child Left Behind.

When 45 million Americans lack health insurance and far too many hardworking Americans are underinsured, it is clearly past time for Congress to address the problem. I will focus my efforts on making insurance more affordable and accessible, which is why I wrote HR 1055, the Small Employers and Family Farmer Health Benefits Act.

I will continue to push for a national energy plan that moves away from fossil fuels and toward renewable sources such as wind and bio-fuels. Our energy should come from the Midwest, not the Middle East.

Paul R. Nelson

Party: Republican

Age: 40

Hometown: Woodville

Family: Wife Janis; children Jessica, Jordan, Bo and Branson, expecting a little girl in December

Educational background: Somerset High School, 1984; Marine Corps Boot Camp 1985; Marine Corps Infantry Training School, 1985; Tow Missile School, 1985; real estate license training, 1994; Burnett Realty Institute, 1994

Professional background: U.S. Marine Corps, real estate agent

Organization memberships: Blackhawk Hockey Association, Woodville Lions Club, Western Wisconsin Board of Realtors

Previous elected office: None

What would your goals be if elected? What would be the main focuses of your term?

I believe energy independence is important to the future stability and security of the United States. It is attainable by expanding the use and production of bio-fuels, increasing domestic petroleum production and refining capacity and embracing the new generation of safe, clean, efficient nuclear power.

I also believe it is critically important that we secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. We are a nation of immigrants, and we should continue to welcome people from all over the world to come to our country, but it is not too much to expect those wanting to come to our country to come legally, obey our laws and learn English.

Family is the cornerstone upon which our society is built. Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of a family. I will wholeheartedly defend marriage as "the union of one man and one woman."