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Superior mayor files to run for Wisconsin lieutenant governor

Superior Mayor Dave Ross made his bid for lieutenant governor official Thursday. Ross mailed his registration papers to Madison, which will allow him to begin assembling a campaign staff and raising money for the 2010 lieutenant governor nomination.

Superior Mayor Dave Ross made his bid for lieutenant governor official Thursday.

Ross mailed his registration papers to Madison, which will allow him to begin assembling a campaign staff and raising money for the 2010 lieutenant governor nomination.

Ross had planned to formally announce his candidacy shortly after Labor Day, but a strong display of support persuaded him to begin early. Ross finished in first place for the nomination in the straw poll at the Wisconsin Republican Convention in May. While he will file with the state, he plans to hold off on a formal announcement until Sept. 11 at Barker's Island, in his hometown.

He said he will announce a campaign staff next month.

"It is time to change to responsible state spending and budgeting," Ross said. "We need to provide essential state services without mortgaging the future of our children. We need better state government, not more government."

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Ross grew up in a small-business family and said he knows the hard work it takes to run a business. He was self-employed for more than 20 years in an upholstery business.

First elected mayor of Superior in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 with about 65 percent of the vote -- garnering more support after his first term in office.

A fiscal conservative, Ross is running for the Republican nomination.

In the six years Ross has been mayor, tax rates have risen less than 1.75 percent annually on average in the city of Superior. He enacted a plan to eliminate more than $28 million in general obligation debt, reversed negative cash flow in the city's golf course, landfill and health fund accounts, and increased profitability in the city-owned marina. He has eliminated more than $3½ million in structural costs in the city budget while protecting essential city services.

Ross is a member of the board of directors of Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, Superior Business Improvement District, Superior-Douglas County Development Association, Great Ships Initiative and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Initiative. He also is a member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and Douglas County Republican Party, and a past director of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities.

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