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Margaret Engebretson Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Seat

Ryan Juntti
Updated: February 12, 2018 08:15 PM

SUPERIOR - Margaret Engebretson announced her candidacy on Monday in Superior to run for the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin's U.S. 7th Congressional District seat.  

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Engebretson spoke in front of people at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.

She says she didn't consider running for Congress until about a year ago, but says she wants to change a nation that she believes has been going backwards.

"We need, and I believe most people have a deep desire to move forward and progress," said Engebretson. 

She is promising affordable health care to every American, saying, "I believe that not only is it a moral and ethical imperative, it's the smart thing to do."

Incumbent Republican Sean Duffy's campaign team, says that premiums have gone up 93 percent in Wisconsin on the individual market since Obamacare passed. Duffy's spokesperson said he voted to replace Obamacare last May.

Duffy has held the seat since 2011.

Engebretson also says Congress isn't performing their duty to check and balance the executive branch, and she says the 7th district hasn't been invested in enough.

"We need to start doing that, so people can thrive here locally," said Engebretson.

Engebretson is saying that she needs the trust of the people of Wisconsin, and wants them to understand she is looking out for them.

"While they're going about their daily lives, and taking care of themselves, that they have someone in Washington watching out for them, and trying to help them and make their lives better and safer," said Engebretson.

There will be a kickoff fundraiser for Engebretson in Superior on Thursday.

Duffy's spokesman, Mark Bednar released a statement about Engebretson running saying: "Clearly the Democrats have a messy primary race to deal with until the middle of August. Meanwhile, Congressman Sean Duffy will continue to fight for strengthening middle-class families with tax reform and new job opportunities, as well as reducing Washington red tape and regulations to ensure our main street businesses can thrive. He knows that fighting for these common sense reforms is critical to reforming Washington and protecting Wisconsin values.”


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