Zunker, Dale Discuss Plans for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 13, 2020 10:37 PM

Next Tuesday Superior residents will join the rest of the state in a special primary election. Voters will narrow down the list of candidates hoping to take over Sean Duffy's seat in congress.


Democratic voters will decide between candidates Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale.

Zunker is hoping to make history by becoming the first woman and Native American to represent the seventh congressional district.

"We need a real representative for the people, not the corporate interest, but for the people," said Zunker.

Zunker said she comes from a strong union household and generations of dairy farmers who she wants to help.

"We need to do more for our small and midsize farmers. We need to ensure they have access to competitive markets, we need to address the supply management situation," said Zunker.

She said her priorities include investing in schools, small businesses, the environment, and affordable healthcare.

"We need to drastically lower the cost of deductibles, they're way too high. We need to ensure people with preexisting conditions are covered and take on Big Pharma," said Zunker.

Her opponent, Lawrence Dale, also wants to help local farmers. He'd like to encourage more of them to work in the seventh district.

"I'm looking at a slaughterhouse, meat processing and direct marketing facility. They would be cooperatives and there would be a string of them across our seventh congressional district," said Dale.

Dale is a Vietnam veteran with a background in industrial labor relations and economics. He said he has a plan to boost Wisconsin's economy.

"We're also looking at developing our economy by hemp production. We know there's a lot of new dynamic products out there that are sustainable and that have high demand," said Dale.

Other goals on Dale's agenda include Medicare for all, marijuana legalization and more access to childcare and education.

"We need universal pre-k and universal high quality childcare. So many parents today have to work two and three jobs just to make the ends meet," said Dale.

The Wisconsin special primary is on Feb. 18

To learn more about Zunker, click here.

To learn about Dale, click here.


Alejandra Palacios

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