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Leibham, Harris join growing 6th District Congressional race

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two more people announced their candidacies today for the Sixth District U.S. House seat to be given up by long-time GOP incumbent Tom Petri.  

As expected, state Senate Republican Joe Leibham of Sheboygan became the third Republican in the race. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris of Oshkosh was the first Democrat to join the field.  

Leibham noted that Tuesday is Wisconsin's Tax Freedom Day -- the day you start working for yourself, after making enough since the first of the year to pay the average tax obligations. Leibham called that "unacceptable," and he pointed to over $2 billion in state tax relief that he supported while in the Legislature.  

Harris says he'll campaign on raising the minimum wage, making college more affordable, and more funding for highway repairs and to preserve Social Security.

Leibham joins state lawmakers Glenn Grothman and Duey Strobel in the Republican field.

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickles has said he's considering a Democratic bid. It's the first time in 35 years that Petri's House seat has opened up.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)