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Superior mayor says he's running for Lt. Gov.

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

Mayor Dave Ross
Superior Mayor Dave Ross confirmed today that he's running for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin in the Republican primary. News Tribune file photo.

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

The northern Wisconsin mayor 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 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 knows the hard work it takes to run a business. He was self employed for over 20 years in an upholstery business. First elected mayor of Superior in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 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 dollars 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 is also a member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and Douglas County Republican Party, and a past director of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities.

"We thought we had enough strength to carry on a statewide race," Ross said late this afternoon. "Part of carrying on a statewide race, of course, is having the ability to raise funds for the campaign. Without the filing we could not raise money."

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