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Local man launches campaign for governor's race

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A Chippewa County man would like to be the next governor of Wisconsin. He's 23 years old and was born and raised in Chippewa Falls.

"It definitely will be a battle, an uphill battle," said Dennis Fehr of Chippewa Falls.

Going up against incumbent governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke won't be easy, but Dennis Fehr isn't afraid.

"I don't have any experience in any previous positions, but what I do have is a lot of time on the road between estimates and jobs. I'm driving around listening to the radio, following a lot of politics. It really allows you to think about the issues we're going through as a state and a country," Fehr said.

Fehr is a Chippewa Falls native who owns a local painting company. He identifies himself as a member of what he calls a new and eager party, The People's Party.

"We probably will not be able to raise the funds that the Democrats and the Republicans are able to do. But that doesn't really concern us as much because we have good ideas. Our legalization of marijuana and the drinking age are two things that we'd like to consider brining to a platform for the people of this state. They have been widely recognized across the country already, and it's something that our political advisors have shown us that the people in this state are really looking forward to pursuing," Fehr said.

He says a change in philosophy could be the key.

"We don't want to necessarily try and prohibit people from doing something they're likely going to do anyways. What we would rather do is incentivize people to make good, responsible decisions. Whether its additional funding for bars to provide rides home or whatever it may be," explained Fehr.

Fehr says his party's aim is to innovate existing state government policies and programs to create a better future for the families of Wisconsin.

"We're willing to work with both sides, all sides, to bring together the best ideas for our state, for our people, for our families," Fehr said.

Fehr has already registered with the government accountability board. The next step is to start collecting the signatures needed, to get on the ballot. Each candidate needs two thousand signatures by June 2nd.

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