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Newcomer challenges Rhoades

A 21-year-old recent graduate of UW-River Falls is challenging Kitty Rhoades for the Wisconsin Assembly seat she has held since 1998.

Dan Gorman, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and finance, said the main thrust of his campaign is "to implement a progressive economic development plan for Wisconsin."

The 30th Assembly District includes the western parts of Pierce and St. Croix counties, including the cities of Hudson, River Falls and Prescott and the villages of North Hudson and Ellsworth.

"(T)he Republican plan of offering corporate welfare at the expense of working class families must stop," said Gorman. He suggests building a state capable of offering a healthy educated workforce and the amenities and infrastructure industries require.

Gorman, who is originally from Elkhorn, has lived in River Falls for 4½ years. He was a member of the College Democrats and helped staff the local Democratic office during the last presidential election.

Toward the end of his college career, Gorman tutored finance and economics students and was business help room manager for the last year. He worked at a Subway restaurant while in high school, taught golf to middle school students in Elkhorn, waited tables and helped with set-up at a conference center. He also worked periodically at Geneva Research and Development, a machine company owned by his father.

"This has sort of been a goal of mine for four years," said Gorman of his run for state office. He said he decided to challenge Rhoades after Tom Parent lost his race two years ago.

"We have very different points of view on how the state of Wisconsin should be run," said Gorman.

He said he opposes any attempt, such as TABOR, to write tax law into the state's constitution.

Gorman also opposes mandating the use of drivers' licenses or other identification cards as proof of identity when voting.

Many students don't bother to change their addresses on their driver's licenses through their college years and about half of elderly people don't have licenses, he said.

He said the Republican-sponsored voter ID bill would disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin residents.

"It seems like what they're getting at is the easiest way to prevent voter fraud is to have no one vote," said Gorman.

His third priority is to "prevent government intrusion in the lives of private citizens."

"Wisconsin needs a government to protect the rights of the people, not to dismiss them," said Gorman, pointing to a proposed constitutional amendment that he said would weaken marriage and to a bill that would restrict university students' access to birth control.

Gorman said he will run a low-budget campaign and will accept only contributions of $100 or less. He said he will focus on door-to-door campaigning in an attempt to meet as many constituents as possible.

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