HAYWARD, Wis. (WXPR) -- State Senator Jerry Petrowski of the 29th District will have a challenger this election. Democrat and business owner Paul DeMain has announced he will run against the Republican incumbent.
DeMain heralds from Wausau and now lives on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation near Hayward. He is a member of the Oneida Nation and CEO of Indian Country Communications.
DeMain says he's committed to public service, job development, and small business. "I've fought very hard to defend those issues in the tribal community. But I think in regards to the Senate race, I can vigorously defend those issues and positions that residents of northern Wisconsin I think believe in, and make them resonate in the halls of the state capitol."
DeMain says he supports a higher minimum wage and creating jobs that are compatible with the tourism industry. He says government has a role in providing services to help the business community function. "We need to work with the business community with this overall goal of providing opportunity and dignity to the people we rely upon to be our labor force."
DeMain has served as spokesperson for Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp in Iron County and has worked to promote maple syrup as a viable industry for the region.