Political newcomer Michael Opela Sr. discusses campaign for 7th Congressional District seat

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WAUSAU (WAOW) — Michael Opela Sr. is one of three republicans running for Wisconsin’s 7th congressional District Seat.

Opela owns several businesses and said he believes his background sets him apart from other candidates in the race.

“I think the country wants something different. They don’t want a politician, they don’t want more lawyers, they don’t want people affiliated with politics,” Opela said in an interview with News 9.

Opela said he’s concerned about a dwindling social security fund for aging Americans and if elected would work to protect it. He also said he’d work to protect the Second Amendment.

“My concern is does it stop there? So when we push the envelope on the constitution, where does it stop?” he said.

He’s also pushing for Governor Tony Evers to set a special election date as soon as possible.

“Right now what’s the primary concern for all the people of district seven? Representation. We have no representation in congress right now,” said Opela.

He’s asking the Governor to waive the need for signatures for candidates to be put on the ballot, set the primary for December 5th and hold the election on January 27th.

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