Garthwaite Seeks 3rd Term Representing Wisconsin's 49th Assembly District

Lou Cabral By Lou Cabral, 26th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Garthwaite Seeks 3rd Term Representing Wisconsin's 49th Assembly District

Garthwaite Seeks 3rd Term Representing Wisconsin's 49th Assembly District

Assembly Member Phil Garthwaite is currently seeking a third term representing Wisconsin's 49th Assembly District. First elected to the legislature in 2006, Garthwaite immediately set out to give a voice to the rural towns and villages of a district that spans portions of, Grant, Richland, Lafayette, and Iowa Counties. Garthwaite currently sits on the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and chairs the Assembly Committee on Rural Economic Development.

The rural, farm based economy of Southwest Wisconsin and the challenges that face the 49th Assembly District are priorities for Garthwaite. He and his staff have worked to craft legislation to encourage farm direct to school purchases of agricultural produce and milk products. These and other measures have helped cut out the middle man while encouraging the creation of local markets, which helps the farmer's bottom line over the long run. Local agricultural processors have also benefited from tax credits included in recent legislation. Garthwaite points to the creation of a favorable business climate as a primary ingredient for a vibrant economy. He cites the recent expansion of Meister Cheese and Muscoda Protein Products as a prime example of incentivizing job creation through business tax credits. The honey industry in Wisconsin has also benefited from legislation to require that all products be clearly labeled to insure product integrity.

His Republican opponent, Travis Tranel, operates a dairy farm in Cuba City Wisconsin where he lives with his wife and daughters. Tranel previously made an unsucessful bid for the same Assembly seat in 2008. A review of his stances on the on the issues stands in deep contrast with those of Assemblymember Garthwaite.

Tranel promises to work toward letting Wisconsin families keep more of what they earn, but offers no specifics. Garthwaite, on the other hand, proposes a homeowners property exemption that would exempt the first $60,000 in property taxes for every homeowner in Wisconsin. This would provide an average of $500 in tax relief for every homeowner according to his campaign. Tranel's position on agriculture beyond general support for family farms is to encourage use value. Garthwaite proposes grants for farmers including assistance those just starting out, as well as for farmers wanting to expand their businesses. He would also expand healthcare assistance for farmers and their families.

Assemblyman Garthwaite was endorsed by the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, while his opponent received the endorsement of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. The candidates will have one more opportunity to face each other on Wednesday the 27th at the Farm Bureau Forum in Dickeyville. The forum begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Both campaigns are gearing up for the final push toward November second amid high hopes. Although this particular election cycle is not favoring incumbents, Garthwaite is confident that he will come out ahead a week from Tuesday. Newcomer Travis Tranel is no less confident that the race is his to win. Both are phone banking and knocking on doors in an effort to garner every last vote possible. Neither doubts that it will be a close race on Tuesday.

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author avatar Denise O
27th Oct 2010 (#)

I like the...cut out the middle man mentality.
Thanks for sharing. :)

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author avatar Carol
17th Nov 2010 (#)

thanks for the share

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