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Supporters Say Randy Bryce is Working Guy for Working People

Randy Bryce is a Democratic candidate for the 62nd Assembly. He held his first fundraiser Thursday at Greg's Catering in Caledonia.

The primary reason Randy Bryce is running for the state Assembly is because he believes working people are not represented in Madison.

"And not just union employees," he said, "but all residents who felt like they had to take to the streets because they just weren't being heard."

He is running for the open seat in the 62nd Assembly District. The vacancy came about when, because of redistricting, Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) moved into the 66th District. Bryce will face fellow Democrat Melissa Lemke in the Aug. 14 partisan primary. The winner of that race will face off against Republican Tom Weatherston in November.

Bryce's campaign mentor (he doesn't like the term "manager") Jeff Van Koningsfeld said what it comes down to, really, is that Bryce will be a voice for fair, open and honest government.

"This was the point of the protests and the recalls but it was never articulated properly," Van Koningsfeld said. "Everyone should have a soapbox and that's what Randy brings to the table. He listens and that's something we haven't had in a long time, someone who listens."

Mark and Barbara Balwinski were there to support Bryce because they feel Weatherston will just be rubber stamp for Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) who, they said, isn't a true representative of the people.

"No one is more tireless when fighting for a cause than Randy Bryce, and that's why I support him," said Barbara Balwinski.

Marcel Dandeneau, who represented the previous version of the 63rd District in the 1970s, said Bryce is a breath of fresh air.

"He's a fresh face and someone we need because he'll be for all of us," he said.

Shirley Dandeneau said that when Bryce came to her door, he answered every one of her questions directly.

"His demeanor was honest and sincere and he didn't shy away from answering any of my questions," she said. "There was no blah, blah or thin air with him. He was concise, and we need that."

James R Hoffa August 04, 2012 at 03:33 AM
So in other words, his platform is solely comprised of being against Walker and his policies. Do any of the Wisconsin Dems actually bring any of their own ideas/solutions to the table anymore?
Hippie Rick August 04, 2012 at 07:19 AM
What a complete union stooge. Being involved on protesting as he is shows just how pathetic he is.
Tansandy August 04, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Hey, but look at the bright side. A monkey with a crank organ would be an improvement over "carpet bagger Mason". As the commercial says, "don't worry, we'll leave the window open for ya"!
Ed Holladay August 05, 2012 at 04:22 AM
This district was drawn by Republicans, conspiring in secret with lawyers, in order to be a slam dunk for another ALEC rep. The district will be represented by a Vos clone. That was decided during redistricting. All the hub bub about who will run against the ALEC candidate is about as relevant as dissecting the performance of the Washington Generals.
Tansandy August 05, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Ed, how is an ALEC rep different from a UNION rep?????? That's what I thought. And all we hear are the crickets chirping!
Ed Holladay August 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
ALEC represents corporate interests, unions represent labor interests (or was the question with excessive question marks rhetorical). Your comments didn't even contradict what I said, so I don't see the need for crickets. It is a redrawn lock for ALEC to win representation in this district. Whether or not someone likes that is another point entirely. It does not matter whether Cory Mason, Randy Bryce or Jack the Ripper run as a Democrat here. The election is nothing but a coronation. It is not a contest. The winner of the election was determined when the lawyers drew the map.
Tansandy August 06, 2012 at 11:32 AM
So, from your perspective, there is no need to spend the money and hold an election. Outcome has been decided, or at least that's what the union handbook says.

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