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Gruett jumps into 8th congressional district race

  • Associated Press
  • April 25, 2014 - 4:20 PM

CHILTON, Wis. — A university professor says he's running as a Democrat for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, a seat held by Republican Reid Ribble since 2011.

Ron Gruett said Friday he would be more attentive to the middle class than Ribble, who he says is a perfect fit for the top 1 percent of wage earners.

The 64-year-old Chilton professor teaches chemistry and physics at Marian University in Fond du Lac. Gruett says he's become frustrated with Ribble's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other votes he says have hurt the middle class.

Gruett faces an uphill battle in fundraising. Ribble has nearly $1 million in the bank as of March 31st.

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