MADISON (WKOW) -- Two men hoping to win political office for the first time are the featured guests on Capitol City Sunday, but they have different ideas on how to get Wisconsin and the nation working again.
Democrat Scott Michalak believes his appeal to voters is that he's an everyday working man. He is running for the re-drawn 38th Assembly District, currently held by Republican Joel Kleefisch. It's been extended further south and west to include Lake Mills, as well as the Dane County Communities of Marshall, Deerfield and Cambridge
"I just believe that its time for common working people to start representing themselves in government again, because they've lost their voice to actions like Citizens United and a national congress that refuses to work together, a state legislature that refuses to work together," Michalak said.
Michalak says he knows the eastern part of the district is a Republican stronghold, but he believes his jobs plan speaks to everyone.
"If you hire a part-time worker, you get a percentage of the tax cut," Michalak said. "If you hire a full-time worker you get a higher percentage of the tax cut. You have to invest in a worker first."
Congressional candidate Chad Lee also emphasizes his humble roots as he attempts to defeat Democrat Mark Pocan in the largely Democratic Second District that includes Madison.
"When I was 12 I had a paper route, I worked at the grocery store in high school, I worked at the aquatic center, I worked with mentally challenged folks throughout college to pay my way through school," Lee said. "And when people understand that type of background, my wife grew up in poverty. We understand the middle class, because that's where we came from and that's where we are to this day."
But Lee believes the key to upward mobility is private sector growth and cutting the size of government.
"Not every program needs to be there forever," Lee said. "So, we talk about programs that overlap, that are duplicate programs, obsolete programs, and just making the government as efficient as possible which will save the taxpayers."
Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. right after "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".