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Holding leftover campaign pamphlets from his brief Senate recall campaign, BJ Cook stands outside his home on Fourth Street in River Falls. His fundraising slogan, "Campaign for Pennies," would have spurned all special-interest donations and relied on small, individual donors. Cook proposed slashing legislative pay by 20%, saying: "They make $50,000 a year and are only on the floor for less than 100 days." Despite media reports listing him as a candidate, Cook's name won't appear on the Aug. 9 recall ele...

10th Senate District candidate who never was says both parties fail to represent moderates

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Political rookie BJ Cook's drive to become an independent candidate in the 10th Senate District recall election was short lived but what he stands for may live on.


Cook, 29, a city of River Falls resident, claims to represent the middle ground, compromise, common sense and the interests of the average person.

"I'm tired of the polarization of both Democrats and Republicans," he said. "None of the politicians are speaking to me completely."

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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