Since entering this race in January, I’ve had the privilege to talk with countless people across the 24th state Senate District. One thing is clear: the hardworking taxpayers want and deserve better from their state senator.

I grew up in a middle-class family. My parents taught me to work hard to get ahead, which is why I got my first job before I could even drive a car, and why all through high school and college I worked various jobs to pay for my education. Dedication, determination and perseverance are key characteristics of a great leader, and they’re traits I will demonstrate every day if I have the privilege to represent your voice.

I’ve always believed that no party has a monopoly on good ideas. After all, if it’s good for the district and good for the state, we should be focusing on getting the job done rather than worrying about left and right. You deserve to be represented by someone who isn’t afraid of new opinions and is willing to put those ideas into action.

This race isn’t about me. It’s about you, the people of this district, and the fact you deserve better than the failed representation you have had in the state Senate for far too long. It’s time you have a senator who goes to Madison to provide solutions to the problems we face. We don’t have time for political games. That is why I intend to focus on three main issues:

Simplified tax code—our hardworking taxpayers deserve to keep more of their paycheck. I believe you know how to spend your money better than bureaucrats in Madison.

Education reform—in order to close our skills gap and fill the 80,000 jobs in Wisconsin, we need to strengthen our education system in order to assure a brighter future.

Modern rules for a modern economy—we need to make it easier to do business in Wisconsin by removing job-killing rules and regulations that don’t make sense in today’s world.

Our communities deserve a leader that will fight for the interests of the people. That’s why I’m running, and I hope to earn your support. Find out more about me by visiting my website: patricktestin.com and make sure to come out and vote on Nov. 8.

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Republican Pat Testin, Stevens Point, is a candidate in the 24th state Senate District.

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