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One-on-one with Mark Neumann

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(WAOW) -- The 3rd congressional district primary is just over a week away, on August 11. News 9 is sitting down with the candidates to talk about important issues for voters.

Mark Neumann, a former pediatrician, is running as a democrat in the race. He's facing off against incumbent Ron Kind in the primary.

With a background in medicine, Neumann said he's passionate about making a change in the health care system.

"What we need is a single-payer, universally funded, comprehensive health care insurance program for the whole country," Neumann said. "But it is a disadvantage to a lot of profiteering that's going on in our current system, and those interests are weighing heavily upon our legislators and upon our public conversation to actually talk about and make decisions about this very, very important issue for us."

Neumann also discussing the current climate surround the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think this COVID pandemic demonstrates to all of us the importance of approaching our heath care as a communal effort."

He said local leadership should be involved to help guide slow of the virus.

When it comes to another stimulus package, Neumann said, "We're in this for a long time, so we need to have a plan that's going to carry on." He said it's critical that there's continued support, as opposed to a one time stimulus package.

Neumann also spoke about the best ways to support Wisconsin farmers.

"It's real important for us to do not as our secretary of agriculture has proposed: get bigger or get out. It's real important for us to actually do the opposite," he said.

"We need to support small farms, family farms. The people who are close to the land, the people who love their fields, love the land and love their livestock."

News 9 will also be sitting down with incumbent Ron Kind on Wednesday, and Republican candidate Jessi Ebben on Thursday. We did reach out to Republican Candidate Derrick Van Orden, but have not received a response.

The primary is August 11.

Those living in the 7th congressional district will find that primary on their ballots. Democrat Tricia Zunker and Republican Tom Tiffany are running uncontested in that race.

To see what will be on your ballot you can visit myvotewi.gov

Sarah McGrew

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