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Jim drops out

D'Alessandro endorses Nieuwenhuis

July 14, 2010 | 08:35 AM
Williams Bay — Local business owner Jim D'Alessandro officially has ended his campaign as a candidate for the 32nd State Assembly seat, leaving seven to vie for the spot.

The Williams Bay native said he will support Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis.

"I sincerely appreciate those who supported me and valued the business and public service experience that I brought to the race as a candidate," D'Alessandro said in an e-mail. "We are at a critical time in our state's history which calls for a representative with experience not only in the business world but experienced in public service."

The race for the assembly seat will now come down to Nieuwenhuis, R-Delavan, Thomas Stelling, R-Geneva Township, Doug Harrod, D-Genoa City, Dan Necci, R-Delavan, Adam Gibbs, R-Lyons and Tyler August, R-Walworth.

Back in 2002, D'Alessandro was unsuccessful when running for the same position against Tom Lothian.

The owner of Harbor View and leader of the Williams Bay Business Association since 2003, he also served as a Williams Bay trustee and was the chairman of the Walworth County UW-Extension Agriculture Advisory Group among other local government and organization positions.

When D'Alessandro originally decided to run, he campaigned with the slogan "Experience you can trust."

He said his main issue for his candidacy was reduced spending and advocacy against increased taxes.

"Reduced spending leads to smaller government, which will lead to a stop to continually mandating businesses and smaller, local governments," the 47-year-old said when he announced his candidacy. "That will allow people and even small businesses to participate in a more free market economy which ultimately provides room for growth and more employment and a more solid economy."

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