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Brandtjen tops GOP field in Assembly primary

Aug. 13, 2014

Menomonee Falls — Republican Janel Brandtjen will face off against Democrat Jessie Read for Wisconsin State Assembly District 22 in the Nov. 4 general election. With 60 percent of the votes, Brandtjen defeated Blair Rogacki (27 percent) for the GOP nomination in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12, while Nick Oliver was third with 13 percent. Those vote totals were with 75 percent of precincts reporting as of press time.

"I'm humbled by the support of thousands of my friends and neighbors, and am grateful that they chose me to represent them in Madison," said Brandtjen, of Menomonee Falls. "This is a solemn responsibility and I will defend our values, fight for fiscal responsibility, and always be listening to the voters who chose me to speak for them."

Brandtjen, Oliver and Rogacki competed to represent the Republican party, as Republican incumbent Don Pridemore is stepping down after 10 years in the position. Jessie Read of Lisbon ran unopposed for the Democratic spot for the seat, which was created in 2010 and includes all of the towns of Erin and Lisbon, the villages of Lannon, Butler and portions of the villages of Richfield and Menomonee Falls.

While their approaches differed slightly, fiscal responsibility and control of taxation were among the key issues for all three candidates, which Oliver said made the loss a little easier as far as he is concerned.

"I (would like to) congratulate the winner and hope that they recognize the failings of a large government and would ask them to read the constitution every week and base their decisions on whether the law they are considering is constitutionally sound and needed," said Oliver, of Colgate.

Rogacki had a similar reaction to his defeat.

"I think we are a good group of people who put in a good effort all the way around," said Rogacki, of Richfield. "We're obviously disappointed as it was not for lack of effort by the entire team. We left it all on the table here, putting in every minute we had in the field."

Brandtjen has a bachelor of science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She owns and operates Group One Marketing, Inc. in Menomonee Falls and is married with two children.

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