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7th District Candidates prepare one week before primaries

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WISCONSIN-- We're one week away from the 7th district primaries and four candidates are vying for Sean Duffy's former seat in Congress.

Duffy resigned from Congress in September.

Candidates on the ballot include Republicans Tom Tiffany and Jason Church.

And Democrats Tricia Zunker and Lawerence Dale.

We'll take a look at the Republican ballot first.

For Tiffany, he's been endorsed by Duffy.

If elected, he says he plans to focus on affordable healthcare and helping small businesses succeed.

Tiffany says, "Good access to healthcare, but affordability is oftentimes a concern. I have some ideas that I've had implemented like telehealth."

Army veteran Jason Church says his military experience is an asset for him.

A main focus for the Purple Heart honoree would be helping struggling farmers and updating military aide.

Church says, "I think right now our military has some aging infrastructure and technology that we need to modernize to really face the 21st-century threat."

For the Democratic nominees, if voters chose Zunker she'd be the first Native American from Wisconsin in office.

Her goals are to provide medicare to all and support local farmers.

Zunker says, "We need to eliminate predatory business practices that hurt our small and mid-size farmers. We need to ensure funding for mental health assistance for our farmers."

Meanwhile, Dale hasn't raised funding like other candidates he did spend most of his campaign trail knocking or resident's doors and meeting with locals.

His main focus would be helping farmers succeed when competing against corporate farms.

Dale says, "We've lost over 7 thousand small dairy farm operations since 2004. The farmers are a lot more productive than industrial dairy farms."

Come next Tuesday candidates are hopeful they will have the support of residents in the 7th District.

The primaries take place on February 18th.

Emma Quinn

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