Two candidates confirm run for Congressional seat

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The race for U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble's open seat is heating up as two more people confirm they're running.Ribble, a Republican, announced last month he would not seek re-election after six years in the House.

Earlier this week, State Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, was the first to enter the race.

This weekend, Terry McNulty and Wendy Gribben officially announced their run for Congress.

"I've been eye balling the position for a couple of years," said McNulty.

McNulty will be running as a Republican, but this isn't his first time aiming for a legislative role.

"I made a run for (state) Assembly in 2014 thinking it was a stepping stone to take this next step to Congress, and I lost the 2014 race but I learned a lot," McNulty said.

He said there are three issues he would like to tackle in Washington.

The first issue being national security, the second, lowering the national debt and the third, tax reform.

"I actually do like a flat tax," McNulty added.

Gribben is running as an Independent candidate.

"I believe I have what it takes to create consensus in Washington," Gribben said.

She added, as a part-time employee at the Piggly Wiggly in Crivitz, she sees firsthand the issues that need to be fixed.

"There are a number of issues that I would like to tackle, inequality, education, women's health is another," said Gribben.

Both candidates say they are not career politicians.

"I know being a freshman in Congress it's going to be tough to get anything done, but there are a lot of things that need to be done right now," McNulty said.

A victory for a political newcomer is not unheard of in this race, Ribble first won the seat back in 2010 with no political experience.

State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, and State Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay, have said are thinking about running for the seat.

On the Democratic side, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson and former State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, D-Appleton, are also considering running.