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RACINE COUNTY — Lori Hawkins has thrown her hat into the political ring to challenge State Sen. Van Wanggaard in District 21 as a Democrat.

A resident of Bristol and owner of Sankulpa Yoga center, this is Hawkins’ first campaign for office.

“It is time for a fresh voice with a positive perspective in Madison to represent the 21st District,” Hawkins said in a statement on Thursday. “As an advocate in our communities and a parent who is raising two children here with my husband, I have dedicated my time and energy to promoting a high quality of life for the citizens of our district.”

Hawkins said she recognizes there is “discord in our government” but she believes “as far as the public goes, we agree on more than we disagree.”

“If we listen to each other and make the effort to work together on our common priorities, such as making sure hour children have excellent public schools, ensuring that the water in our lakes and wetlands is clean for our families to use, and working to improve our infrastructure, then our very foundation becomes stronger,” Hawkins said. “We need to work together and we need leaders who will listen to what is important to us.”

In a statement, Wanggaard said he is proud of his record of “cutting taxes, growing our economy, investing a record amount in education, fighting crime and keeping campaign promises. It will be interesting to hear why my opponent opposes this record.”

Wanggaard added he is running for re-election because “there is more work to do.”

“We need to continue to grow southeastern Wisconsin’s economy by cutting taxes and bureaucratic red tape,” Wanggaard said. “We need to pass a new crime victims bill of rights, so that crime victims have a voice and equal rights in the courtroom. We need to make sure our law enforcement has the tools to arrest predators, domestic abusers and human traffickers. And we all need to pitch in to work to stem the drug epidemic devouring families throughout Racine and Kenosha counties and the rest of the state.”

Hawkins and Wanggaard met in early March when she took her daughter to Madison to talk about gun legislation.

The fall election is scheduled for Nov. 6. 

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Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.

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