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Election Day Preview: 74th Assembly DistrictSubmitted: 10/30/2012

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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MERCER - We're making sure you're informed going to the polls a week from today.

Our election previews continue with Wisconsin's largest assembly district geographically and it looks much different than it did two years ago.

Redrawn boundaries in the 74th assembly district mean incumbent Democrat Janet Bewley now hopes to represent a very different area than before.

The 74th now includes all of Price County and the Lac du Flambeau reservation.

But a political newcomer, Republican John Sendra, stands in Bewley's way to Sendra's candidacy focuses on one big issue.

"For me, it's mining," Sendra said. "This is a no-brainer. This is the low-hanging fruit. We have the biggest iron-ore deposit in the United States, why wouldn't we go after it?"

Gogebic Taconite wanted to open an iron-ore mine in the middle of this district earlier in the year.

Bewley voted against easing the permitting process for mines in the state.

"What the bill ended up being is a very lengthy list of very drastic things that came out of nowhere," Bewley said. "Who knows where they came from? Well, we know where they came from. They came from the mining company."

We asked each candidate how they distinguish themselves from their opponent.

"I listen, he preaches," Bewley said. "I listen, I think, I try to do the right thing, not the popular thing."

"Maybe Janet needs to observe a little bit better," Sendra said. "If she doesn't see what's going on in the economy up here, maybe she needs to be preached to."

Bewley won with 53 percent of the vote in 2010.

This district also includes Iron, Ashland, Bayfield, and part of Douglas County.

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