Military veteran Engebretson seeks to serve country again, launches congressional challenge to DuffySubmitted: 02/14/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Military veteran Engebretson seeks to serve country again, launches congressional challenge to Duffy
RHINELANDER - Margaret Engebretson believes her 24 years of military service are just what Congress needs.

The Democrat kicked off her campaign to unseat Republican Sean Duffy Tuesday in Superior, and answered questions from Newswatch 12 on Wednesday in Rhinelander.

Engebretson served in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserve, and Air National Guard.

"I feel like I need to step forward again and serve my country again," Engebretson said. "A moment in history is a moment in history, so I think there's something going on in this country. I know there is. It has compelled me to step forward and run for office."

Engebretson has been a Democrat for only a year. She didn't identify with a party until after the 2016 election. She said President Trump's election was a major factor that pushed her to run for office.

"President Trump has veered away from previous administrations, both Democrat and Republican, in ways that really worry me. It's one of the reasons I'm running," Engebretson said. "It is a direction our country our going down that I think is the wrong direction, where it is cutting taxes severely, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act repeatedly."

Engebretson has been an opponent of the recent federal tax overhaul, calling it "vile" on Twitter.

"It costs money to run the government, and we need to stop acting like it doesn't cost money and starve our government of revenue," she said.

Engebretson named affordable health care, rural broadband, and legislative checks on national security as her top issues.

Duffy was first elected in 2010. Since then, he's been reelected by double digit margin three times.

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