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Pittman candidate for State Senate seat

Mel Pittman speaks to a crowd of supporters Wednesday as he declared his candidacy for the State Senate District 31 at his family farm outside of Plum City (Photo by Jason Schulte). 3 / 3

PLUM CITY – The 2014 Election season started locally Wednesday with Mel Pittman’s announcement of candidacy for the State Senate District 31.

Pittman declared his candidacy at his family farm, outside of Plum City.

“I’m running because I want to take on the challenge of representing the people in this district,” Pittman said. District 31 consists of all Buffalo and Pepin Counties, with parts of Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Monroe and Trempealeau Counties. It consists of all of Pierce with the exception of the town and city of River Falls.

“We couldn’t ask for a better person to run than Mel,” said friend Gary Lecheler, who agreed to be Treasurer for his campaign.  

He stressed five issues that spurred him to run: fiscally responsible, protect the dignity of human life, government intrusion, education and jobs.

On government intrusion, he commented further: “Our freedom of choice is at stake. If we allow the government to run our lives, the less choice and freedoms we have.”

On jobs, he noted continuing education is needed for adults as jobs needed to be filled. With education, he said improvement is needed, but it will have to be studied, because throwing more money may or may not be the answer.

Pittman has been a dairy farmer for 37 years. During those years, Pittman has or currently serves on the following boards and committees: The Farm Bureau, Hastings Dairy Cooperative, UW-River Falls College of Agriculture advisory committee, State President of Wisconsin Associated County Extension Committees and was the Executive Chairman of the 2010 Farm Technology Days in Pierce County. Pittman was also honored as a Wisconsin Master Agriculturist earlier this year.   

He is married to Pat and is the father of three adult children and two grandchildren.

District 31 is represented by Democratic Senator Kathleen Vinehout since 2006. Vinehout has been mentioned as a candidate for Governor in 2014 and said she won’t make a decision if she’s running until January 2014.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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