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Honadel Honored by Re-Election, Looks Ahead

State Rep. Mark Honadel got 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in winning re-election to the 21st Assembly District seat.

State Rep. Mark Honadel said he was honored to be elected to another term in the Assembly and looked forward to getting back to work in the state Legislature.

Honadel got 60 percent of the vote Tuesday against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in the race for the 21st Assembly district, which includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small portion of Franklin.

Kurtz, 60, is a former reporter who has also worked for several colleges. He was in his first run for public office.

It will be Honadel's fifth full term in the Assembly after winning a special election in 2003.

"As long you enjoy this job and want to get something done, it's an honor. No doubt about it," Honadel said Wednesday. "I never take this for granted, being in politics."

The 56-year-old welder and businessman said he looked at election results and found that, particularly in South Milwaukee, many people voted for both him and President Barack Obama.

He took those crossover votes as a tribute to his commitment to set politics aside and provide constituents good service.

"I'm a firm believer that if you don't get caught up in all the fluff and politics, and you just do the job well, people will continue to reward you," he said.

Honadel said mining legislation will be at the top of his agenda when the next session starts in January. He was a co-author of mining legislation proposed last session that was ultimately rejected. While opponents have voiced environmental and oversight concerns, a vibrant mining industry is important to help create jobs at local companies like Caterpillar, Honadel said.

"I just know that we can have clean, safe mining, protect our beautiful Wisconsin land, and get this done," Honadel said.

A closer look at Wisconsin's tax structure and finding more efficiencies in the state's regulatory processes are also priorities, he said.

Honadel noted that power of the state Senate flipped back to Republicans, giving the GOP both chambers of the Legislature and the governor's office.

That's just like it was after the last election in 2010, bringing the "conservative agenda back where we started," he said.

Keith R. Deschler November 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM
wonder how much Kurtz spent on his campaign, and how much help he got from the local Democrat Party? He did run better than the last person who ran against Honadel. Probably the Presidential and Senate campaigns helped him. Congrats to Honadel. He needs to come forward on these Tea Party issues (like nullification of federal laws like ObamaCare), and promote more things that reduce the size, cost,and scope of state government, and promote job creation through the private economy.
Bill Kurtz December 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I spent about $7,000, and I'm proud to say the vast majority of it was individual contributions.
Keith R. Deschler December 04, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Bill, I spent all of $100 in my third assembly race, back in 2008. Ran as a Libertarian (which I am, and proud of it!), against the incumbent Democrat and NO GOP opponent. Got 15% (3214 votes), and my main publicity was a few letters to the editor, a few press releases, one forum, and 3000 business cards (my main expenditure, BTW). Not a lot of campaigning door to door, but a lot of lit dropping over the last few weeks prior to the election. If I had known more about Facebook, I would have done that, as I did for my Congress run this year (in which I got 6,026 votes with only around $200 spent, mostly on cards again). You did pretty well on a $7000 budget, but I think that I did incredibly well for someone running a part-time campaign on a third party line.
Keith R. Deschler December 04, 2012 at 01:49 AM
also, the Racine Journal Times did a nice write up about myself and Cory Mason, and my basic positions got out to the general public. No such luck in Racine this time, they admitted that third parties weren't their interest. No wonder so many newspapers are struggling. If someone wants to run for office, cover them. They put out the effort to get on the ballot and be official with the GAB, they're not write-ins who didn't do the work to get on the ballot. Not the media's call to determine if they are "viable" or not. If you 're on the ballot, and listed as a choice for the voting public, you're viable, and could theoretically win.
Bill Kurtz December 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Amen to your comment on lack of newspaper coverage. The Journal Sentinel did not cover individual legislative races this year, a severe handicap for someone like myself, a first-time candidate with limited resources. Unlike your assembly race, there were no candidate forums. I did a 10-minute interview on Wisconsin Eye, which my opponent ducked. As an incumbent with a prominent local name, he obviously figured he could skate through. My sincere compliments to you for running, and to anyone who puts themselves out there like that.

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