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Godlewski visits La Crosse businesses while campaigning for Senate

Brad Williams

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Local business was the focus of a campaign stop in La Crosse on Thursday by the Wisconsin state treasurer, who’s running for the U.S. Senate. 

Sarah Godlewski is among a growing list of Democrats aiming to take on Republican Senator Ron Johnson in the 2022 election. 

Johnson and others in his party have criticized the size of Biden White House programs such as the American Rescue Plan, but Godlewski says businesses around the country need assistance to help recover from the pandemic economy.

“What’s great about the American Rescue Plan is it actually invests in people,” said Godlewski. “Whether that’s with $1400 checks or small business money, it’s going directly to people so they can actually in turn use that to build the economy back better.”    

While in La Crosse, Godlewski toured downtown businesses, including the Wedding Tree and Touch of Class, along with State Rep. Jill Billings and former La Crosse County Board chair Tara Johnson. 

Godlewski, an Eau Claire native, was elected treasurer just three years ago. 

She launched her Senate campaign last week, 16 months before the primary, arguing that two-term Republican Johnson has lost touch with Wisconsin voters, and cites his opposition to some COVID relief plans.

“I just, as a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, couldn’t stand on the sidelines,” said Godlewski. “Our Senator Ron Johnson was saying Wisconsinites didn’t need any additional help, and quite frankly he couldn’t be more disconnected from our state, and quite frankly, from reality.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.