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Assembly District 93: Petryk tops Warner

Rep. Warren Petryk captured a fifth term in office Tuesday in a comfortable win in Assembly District 93.

The Eleva Republican topped Charlene “Charlie” Warner in all five counties in the district, most sizably in Pierce, where he won 6,912 to 4,788.

Petryk, 63, was first elected to the Assembly in 2010. The Eleva resident chairs the Committee on Workforce Development and is vice chairman of the Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care. He also serves on the Colleges and Universities, Energy and Utilities, Financial Institutions, Insurance and Veterans and Military Affairs committees.

Besides serving in the Legislature, Petryk co-owns The Memories, LLC, a musical duo he performs in with another man.

Petryk told RiverTown Multimedia in a questionnaire that he wants to build on economic improvements made in Wisconsin “through bold reforms, positive initiatives and record investments in our future.”

He backs the Foxconn project, which Petryk said “provides Wisconsin once-in-a-lifetime” economic opportunities.

“With the statewide job ripple effect, tens of thousands of jobs being created, and unprecedented construction, this will positively impact all of Wisconsin,” Petryk said.

Warner was a fresh face to the western Wisconsin political landscape, though the Mondovi woman said advocacy work on women’s issues prepared her for the run.

The 69-year-old told RiverTown she would be an independent voice at the Legislature that wouldn’t bow to special interests.

“I have been working with and for the average family my whole life and I see serving as your representative as the continuation of my professional career and charity efforts,” she said.

Warner is a retired realtor and housing finance specialist.

She opposed Foxconn, calling tax incentives for the project “corporate welfare.”

“The price is too high, the agreement was completed behind closed doors with little, if any public input,” Warner said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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