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Woodshop manager, parent is 30th District Assembly candidate

Strengthening Wisconsin's economy by supporting and expanding business opportunities, encouraging job creation and helping small businesses will be his priorities in the state assembly, says Matt Borup.

Borup, 32, Hudson, will face Ben Plunkett, River Falls, in the Sept. 14 primary for the Democratic nomination for the 30th District seat in the Wisconsin Assembly. The winner of the primary will run against Republican candidate Dean Knudson in November.

"It really was a very personal decision (to run)," said Borup. "I think our quality of life in Wisconsin is at risk now, and I'm very concerned about the next generation, that they'll have the same opportunities that we did."

He added, "My main focus is to do everything we can to get people back to work in Wisconsin, to support small business and to support our workforce. That's why I've gotten involved."

A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Borup grew up in Hudson, went to school there and graduated from high school in St. Paul. He is the son of John Borup, who retired as St. Croix County's director of health and human services, and is a former member of the St. Croix County Board, and of Jennifer Borup, an associate professor of social work at UW-River Falls.

Matt enrolled at UW-River Falls, but began working as a carpenter while in college and didn't finish a degree.

"I worked my way up, really," said Borup, explaining he started as a carpentry laborer, worked on projects in the Hudson and Stillwater, Minn., areas, and now manages a shop in Minnesota.

The company he works for recycles timbers from factories and warehouses, and antique lumber from old barns to make home building products and furniture.

"As a woodworker, it's pretty nice lumber to work with," he said, noting some of the material is first growth North American lumber. "They don't grow 'em like they used to," he grinned.

For more please read the Sept. 8 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.