will take on Robson
...Greg Addie, a sometimes-controversial member of the Janesville City Council, will run for state Senate as a Republican against Democrat Judy Robson.
Robson, who lives in Beloit, represents the 15th Senate District.She
was elected to the Senate in 1998 after serving 11 years in the Assembly.Addie
, 2708 Omaha Drive, is serving a second, two-year term on the city council.
The Senate election is Nov. 7, and Addie
doesn't yet know if he'll seek a third term on the council in April.Addie
is running for the state Senate on a platform of reform.
A priority would be to create a tax-exempt status or credit that could be applied to Wisconsin National Guardsmen on active duty.That would ease financial hardship as soldiers readjust to society, he
also would focus on economic growth, and he
said Rock County ranks second-highest in unemployment in the state.Much of the unemployment is in Beloit, he
time on the council would serve him well as senator.
For instance, Addie
sees how the state tax freeze affected local governments.Janesville has cut millions and still faces a $700,000 deficit, he
"If something isn't done to amend the tax freeze, local governments like Janesville will have to cut serious services in the future," he
proposes an increase of one-quarter of 1 percent on the state retail sales tax that would go to cities.That would raise $3 million for Janesville, he
would also look at toll systems to pay for roads.Addie has the reputation of being a maverick on the council, and he asserted during elections that he is willing to oppose the administration.He
stood alone during a building code controversy and urged that the council approve any condemnations.The proposal died for lack of a second.Addie
also asked residents to call him directly with their experiences with the code department, essentially bypassing city staff.During that time, there were reports of heated arguments during closed meetings.
The council retaliated by refusing to elect Addie
to traditional council offices.
Addie owns Integrity Water Solutions
, a water treatment business.He
is married to Jeanine and has three children and a grandchild.Addie
was raised on a farm in Milton and has lived in Rock County most of his
life.He is a Marine Corps veteran and also worked in management for seven years at the Beloit Frito-Lay plant.Addie is an ordained minister, completing an ordination course when he worked at a homeless shelter in Beloit.He
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