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Novak to seek another term
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DODGEVILLE - Rep. Todd Novak announced Thursday that he will run for re-election to the state assembly in November.

Novak, a Dodgeville Republican, was elected to represent the 51st Assembly District in 2014, beating Democratic candidate Dick Cates by less than 100 votes.

Novak said if he is elected, he hopes to address the state's transportation budget, which he believes is not sufficient for Wisconsin's needs.

In addition, Novak said he intends to "reconfigure" public school funding to address declining enrollment.

Novak is no stranger to these issues. In 2015, Novak opposed a $73.3 billion, two-year state budget, ultimately blocking its approval, on the grounds that it failed to provide adequate transportation or public education budgets.

Novak also said he has listened to the concerns of his constituents. In response, he will continue his advocacy for senior care and the Aging and Disability Resource Center, as well as continuing the state's ongoing fight against drug abuse.

"I'm hoping I can bring state money down here to help fight our drug problem," Novak said.

Currently, Novak has only one potential opponent for the November election: Democratic candidate Jeff Wright. Although Novak said he does not intend to be caught off guard by his opponent - "I go into every race expecting a challenge," he said - he believes he has an advantage Wright lacks.

"I was born and raised here," he said. "My opponent was not."