CUBA CITY, Wis. -- A longtime Wisconsin state representative will retain his seat for a fifth term.
Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, was re-elected Tuesday to represent the 49th Assembly with 12,858 votes, or 59 percent of the votes cast. His Democratic opponent, Platteville businessman Mike Mooney, finished with 8,962 votes.
The district spans all of Grant County and sections of Richland and Lafayette counties.
Tranel, 33, a dairy farmer from Cuba City, said locating a qualified workforce has become a top priority.
Accomplishments over the previous four terms include the reconstruction of U.S. 61 between Lancaster and Fennimore and the appropriation of nearly $80 million in state funds for a pair of University of Wisconsin-Platteville construction projects.
Issues important to Mooney include increasing funding for Wisconsin schools and improving access to health care. Mooney said he was disappointed lawmakers declined federal support to expand Medicaid, money available thanks to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.