WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- With the 7th congressional district primary just around the corner, News 9's Sarah McGrew is sitting down with the candidates to talk about important issues here in North Central Wisconsin.
U.S. Army Veteran Jason Church, one of the Republican candidates in the race, shared his perspective heading into the primary election.
Church said he'll have the greatest impact when it comes to trade deals as well as reforming the VA.
"I would really like to work with the president on trade deals. I think there's a lot of things that can be done to help American, certainly American, but also Northern Wisconsin farmers," Church said. "On the other part of it, I'd like to make sure that our VA system is being reformed. I have seen how this system is just not performing at the proficiency that it needs to be."
And given his experience with the VA, Church said he doesn't believe a medicare for all system would benefit Wisconsinites. He also said there needs to be more access to rural medicine.
Church acknowledged that there's an issues when it comes to the federal debt, but said there needs to be a continued investment in national security.
As for the gun control debate, Church stands behind the Second Amendment and said, "when I see legislation being pushed like universal background checks and red flag laws, I do not support those and would vote against them."
News 9 also sat down with Republican candidate Tom Tiffany and Democratic candidate Tricia Zunker this week.
The special election primary will take place with the Spring Primary on Feb. 18. Also on that ballot is the state Supreme Court race as well as local races.
To find out what your ballot will look like, you can head to My Vote Wisconsin.