SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Can you win a congressional seat without spending tens of thousands of dollars? That is what Tom Denow of Oshkosh is trying to do. He is one of four candidates trying to earn the Republican spot on the November ballot for Tom Petri’s House seat.
His decision to run came as the long time congressman announced in the spring he would retire. When doing research on the matter, he found he can run for the office and get on the ballot without spending any money, which he was able to do. Since then he has gotten around $1,000 in donations, below the $5,000 level that would require reporting to the FEC, and has used the help of friends and supporters to get word of his campaign out.
He says he differs from the other three primary candidates based on past jobs in manufacturing and as a technical college educator. He would used his connections with manufacturers in the local area and the state to help grow the economy at the local and national level. Other top issues he would address if elected include energy independence and approach government spending like a business.
Denow plans to help spread word on his campaign best by attending a number of candidate forums being held between now and the August 12 primary vote.