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Lt. Governor Kleefisch to recruit fellow Republican woman to run for office

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor will help recruit fellow Republican women as candidates for next year’s elections throughout the nation.

Rebecca Kleefisch is a co-chair of the group “Right Women, Right Now.” It seeks to recruit 300 female GOP candidates for the current two-year election cycle.

Kleefisch will be among the featured speakers at the group’s national summit in Nashville in October.

She tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel there are several barriers women face in running for public office. Kleefisch says they include family duties, fundraising, and a lack of internal initiative. She says women often need to be asked or encouraged to run.

The 38-year-old Kleefisch often tours the state to promote Governor Scott Walker’s agenda for boosting the economy, creating jobs, and helping small businesses. Kleefisch is now cancer-free, after suffering colon cancer during her first election campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010.