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November 7, 2012

HTR: Tittl wins 25th Assembly District race

Filed under: Uncategorized — rkossik @ 12:03 am

Tittl wins 25th Assembly District race
Defeats Brey to become first Republican in post since 1972
12:03 AM, Nov 7, 2012

MANITOWOC — Republican businessman Paul Tittl defeated Democrat Jim Brey Tuesday night to capture the 25th Assembly District race. At press time Tittl had captured about 60 percent of the votes counted.

The district includes the city of Manitowoc, southern portions of Manitowoc County and eastern portions of Calumet county.

Tittl becomes the first Republican to represent the city of Manitowoc in the Legislature since 1972. Bob Ziegelbauer chose not to run for an 11th two-year term after winning nine times as a Democrat and in 2010 as an Independent.

“The number one legislative priority is creating jobs and getting people back to work,” said Tittl, owner of the downtown Vacuum & Sewing Center, who lost to Ziegelbauer in 2006. “Unemployment is too high.”

Tittl started his business 25 years ago and he said the state has to create a friendly business climate for businesses, big and small. “We need to ease up on the red tape companies have to go through to expand or add jobs.”

“As we create a pro-business climate, jobs will be added and we’ll have more people added to the tax base, actually bringing in more revenue without increasing taxes,” Tittl said.

He said he would fulfill his campaign pledge that he would not to vote for any taxes increases and Tittl said he favors continuing levy limits that restrains spending at local levels.

Tittl has represented city of Manitowoc residents on both the City Council and Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors, a body he continues to serve. Now, he will represent rural citizens as well in his new Assembly seat.

“They are concerned about the same things as city people are … jobs and the economy and having a (bright) future for their kids and grandchildren,” Tittl said.

He said he would be resigning from the county board after supervisors find a replacement. All 25 county board seats, including Tittl’s, are up for election in 2014.

Brey, who works for Stecker Machine in shipping-receiving, said he will continue to serve on the Manitowoc City Council, where he is the senior member, having been first elected in 1992, and on the Manitowoc County Board, with service dating back to 1996.

“The support my campaign received from all the volunteers was very humbling,” Brey said.

He was disappointed by the direct mail attack pieces distributed in the district by an out-of-state special interest group. “We were probably outspent 5-to-1. It is a sad thing that politics has gone that way,” he said.

“As much as everybody talks about how they don’t like negative ads, they do work, are effective,” Brey said.

“We ran a clean campaign,” Brey said. He said while he is disappointed in the outcome, he isn’t ruling out another try at an Assembly seat in two years. “You never say never,” Brey said.

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