Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Democrat Bill Kurtz lost to Incumbent Mark Honadel in his first run for public office.
Bill Kurtz knew running a campaign against a nine-year veteran of Wisconsin Legislature was going to be an uphill battle. Despite getting 40 percent of the vote against Mark Honadel in the race for the 21st State Assembly District, Kurtz says he wouldn't change the way he ran his campaign. "I felt I did everything right," Kurtz said. "The only way to unseat Honadel would be when he decides to leave the political picture." Kurtz believes Honadel's name recognition and reputation carry significant weight in the eyes of the voters. He believes an independent voter is less likely to vote for someone they don't know. For his part, Honadel told Patch, "I'm a firm believer that if you don't get caught up in all the fluff and politics, and you …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
State Rep. Mark Honadel got 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in winning re-election to the 21st Assembly District seat.
State Rep. Mark Honadel said he was honored to be elected to another term in the Assembly and looked forward to getting back to work in the state Legislature. Honadel got 60 percent of the vote Tuesday against Democratic challenger Bill Kurtz in the race for the 21st Assembly district, which includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small portion of Franklin. Kurtz, 60, is a former reporter who has also worked for several colleges. He was in his first run for public office. It will be Honadel's fifth full term in the Assembly after winning a special election in 2003. "As long you enjoy this job and want to get something done, it's an honor. No doubt about it," Honadel said Wednesday. "I never take this for granted, being in politics." The …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Nine-year incumbent Honadel faces political newcomer Kurtz in race for the 21st Assembly district.
In one corner, you have the Republican incumbent, a nine-year veteran of the Wisconsin Legislature who won his last re-election bid with 69 percent of the vote. In the other, you have the Democratic challenger, a man in his first run for public office who spent years covering local politics as a journalist. State Rep. Mark Honadel and challenger Bill Kurtz will square off Tuesday in the 21st District Assembly race. The district includes Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and a small part of Franklin. In interviews with Oak Creek Patch, Honadel touted his record of working with both parties to pass meaningful legislation, while Kurtz criticized the incumbent's support of Gov. Scott Walker's agenda. Get complete info on where to vote and who's on …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Kurtz is making his first bid for elective office against incumbent Republican Mark Honadel.
Name : Mr. William Raphael Kurtz Age : 60 Place of residence : South Milwaukee Attended college : Yes College : University of Wisconsin, Madison Degree : B.A., political science Year of graduation : 1973 University : Ohio State University Degree : Journalism Year of graduation : 1981 Job titles held : NA Employers : Carthage College, CNI Newspapers, Shepherd Express, Catholic Herald, New York University, Milwaukee Journal Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: State office Running for position: State Representative Chamber/district: 21st Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None
Republican incumbent Mark Honadel is opposed by veteran journalist Bill Kurtz.
Republican incumbent Mark Honadel, who has held the 21st Assembly District seat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Democrat Bill Kurtz in the Nov. 6 election. Honadel, 56, of South Milwaukee, is an independent businessman, who is also a former professional metal fabricator, welding instructor, and industrial manager. Kurtz, 60, also of South Milwaukee, has worked as a reporter for CNI Newspapers, the Shepherd Express, Catholic Herald and Milwaukee Journal. He has also worked for several colleges. The 21st District seat has new boundaries this year in the wake of redistricting prompted by population shifts in the 2010 census. The district encompasses South Milwaukee, Oak Creek and a small portion of Franklin. (See map) Wisconsin state …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Former journalist is running as a Democrat against five-term incumbent in this fall's elections.
Former reporter and South Milwaukee resident Bill Kurtz is challenging Republican state Rep. Mark Honadel in this fall's elections. It's the first run for public office for Kurtz, but he's not "coming in cold," he said. Kurtz worked for the Milwaukee Journal from 1984-92 and later Community Newspapers. Local politics was a big part of his work during that time, he said. "I know about politics, I know about government. Not from the inside but as a close outside observer," Kurtz said. The 21st Assembly district includes all of Oak Creek and South Milwaukee, as well as a small part of Franklin. Kurtz said the district is politically moderate, but Honadel votes as if it were dominated by Republicans. "I think people deserve a choice," Kurtz …