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Menomonie native Deb McGrath announces run for 3rd Congressional seat

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Deb McGrath

MENOMONIE (WQOW) - The daughter of former congressman Al Baldus has launched her own campaign for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District seat. 

Deb McGrath, a Democrat, has served in the Army, State Department and CIA. While in the Army, she severed in the demilitarized zone in Korea, among other U.S. military bases. While in the CIA, she worked across the globe including in the former Soviet Union, South Asia and West Africa. 

McGrath has earned several awards for her service including the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, the overseas ribbon, parachutist wings, and the CIA Career Medal. 

"I have already proven results in non-partisan solutions, whole of government responses and I understand how the levers of government work, and I've done it," McGrath said. "When you join the Army, you do it for the whole of the American people, not whether they're republican or democrat, you do it because you know that America is the greatest country in the world."

In a statement McGrath said she is running for Congress to take on challenges like education, affordable health care, and infrastructure. She said she wants to solve problems through rational collaboration. 

McGrath's father served the district from 1975-1981.

"All hours of the day or night, our phone would ring, our door would be open to listen to what were the concerns of folks. And my father had moral courage. He did what he knew was right. And he fought hard for this district, He instilled in me a sense of purpose and a sense of pride," she said. 

The primary election is set for August 9, 2022 and the general election is November 8. 

Other Democrats running for this seat are State Senator Brad Pfaff, Brett Knudsen, and Rebecca Cooke. Republican Derrick Van Orden is also running for the seat. 

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