MADISON, Wis. – Saying he will continue to make the state and federal constitutions his compass for lawmaking, state Rep. Dave Craig told Wisconsin Watchdog Monday he will run for the 28th Senate District seat.
The seat opened up Monday after Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, announced she will not seek another term. Lazich has been one of the stronger conservative voices and votes over her 17 years in the Senate.
Craig thanked the Senate president for her “steady conservative leadership for all of these years,” particularly for “standing up for the unborn.”
“I am willing to take up the fight and carry on that service to the 28th District and do my very best to run a successful campaign that is centered on one guiding principle, the same principle that my campaigns of the past have been on: Less government, more liberty,” Craig told Wisconsin Watchdog on the Vicki McKenna Show.
That Reagan-era mantra has been put to the test in the most recent session.
While the Republican-led Legislature has accomplished some ambitious government reforms – making Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state and repealing 80 percent of the state’s prevailing wage law – it has missed some major opportunities. The session closed last week with the Senate failing to take a bill repealing the antiquated minimum markup law, REINS Act legislation, and civil asset forfeiture reform. Meanwhile, legislation giving law enforcement greater leeway in searches and seizures raised Fourth Amendment alarm bells.
“We were elected to do a job,” Craig said.
And should that mean conservatives must “come out publicly swinging” against fellow Republicans, then so be it, he added.
Lazich called it an “immense honor and pleasure” serving her constituents since 1999.
“During recent years Governor Walker and the Republican led Legislature guided the state through turbulent times. While the work was hard, the reward is great,” the senator said. “Wisconsin is much more fiscally secure and many government shackles have been opened. Wisconsin residents and business are much better situated to pursue life with less government intrusion and with freedom to live, educate, and work with greater independence.”
She represents one of the more conservative districts in Wisconsin.
Craig has represented the 83rd Assembly District since May 2011, following a special election. He has been re-elected since 2012.