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Republican John Garske announces run for Congress

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) --- Veteran and businessman John Garske announced his plans to run for Congress on Wednesday morning at the Onalaska American Legion Post.

The River Falls native will challenge Democratic Congressman Ron Kind and three other Republicans for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Garske wants to bring conservative values back to the 3rd Congressional District. He expressed his frustration over career politicians refusing to vote on USMCA, slowing down the process, and, in his eyes, contributing to the record closure of Wisconsin farms.

"Farmers are going to big farms, big corporate farms because of things like what I had already mentioned about the politics involved in something as simple as passing the USMCA," said Garske. "It makes no sense that anyone in our congressional system would wait for over a year to move something as beneficial as that before they passed it."

He stated his support for President Donald Trump during his announcement on Wednesday, disapproving of impeachment.

"I have yet to see any concrete evidence, any kind of evidence, any fact that supports this, and it's just not right," said Garske. "It is fundamentally unfair to everyone, all Wisconsinites, about what is happening in Congress today."

If elected, the Army veteran wants to begin his political career by supporting President Trump and helping fix health care and reduce costs on medications.

"This is doable," said Garske. "It does not have to be connected to a huge, health care revision that would take years and years to get through. It has to be bitten at little chunks at a time to move the cost of medication in the right direction."

Garske traveled to Eau Claire to make his announcement on Monday afternoon.

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Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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