Seidel, Petrowski react to conflicting jobs reports
Both candidates vying for the 29th State Senate District seat are talking jobs and promoting their plans to jumpstart the local economy.
Democratic State Representative Donna Seidel and Republican State Representative Jerry Petrowski both want to fill the seat vacated by Pam Galloway, and said that jobs is the number one issue of their campaigns.
"The real focus of the campaign is about jobs," Petrowski told Newsline 9 Sunday.
Seidel said she's hearing concerns from 29th district residents. "What the people in our district are very clear about is that too many jobs have been lost here in the past year."
But she argues new jobs numbers released by the Department of Workforce Development paint a more positive picture, meant to sway the recall vote.
"These numbers have not been verified. These numbers cannot be compared with any other state," she said.
According to the report that was endorsed by Governor Walker last week, Wisconsin gained more than 20,000 jobs in the past year. Those numbers contradict a report from the federal government released last month, showing the state lost more than 30,000 jobs during that same period.
Petrowski didn't want to comment on those reports, saying instead he's focusing on the bigger picture. "A lot of people are viewing the numbers differently, but I think when you look at the unemployment numbers, and that's down to 6.7 percent. I think that's where you really focus."
Both candidates agree job creation is essential and believe they have what it takes to improve the 29th district.
"I think we're going to look at more initiatives I think there's a number of things we can do to try to make sure that we're increasing our number of jobs," Petrowski said.
While Seidel touted previous efforts in the legislature. "We put over 200,000,000,000 dollars in the previous session into job growth incentives and many of those were very successful. Successful in fact in bringing businesses right here to central Wisconsin."
Voters will decide who they think can back up those claims on June 5th.
Seidel and Petrowski are scheduled to square off in a public debate this week. The forum will take place at UW-Marathon County on Wednesday and will start at seven o'clock.