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Gard, Kagen to meet in rematch

Former state Assembly Speaker John Gard announced his candidacy for Congress Sunday.

He's been raising money the past few months for a possible rematch against Appleton Democrat Steve Kagen who beat Gard 51-49 percent to replace Republican Mark Green in the Eighth House District in 2006.

Gard now lives in Suamico.

He promised fiscal reforms during his announcement ceremonies in Green Bay and Appleton.

Gard promised to steer away from pork barrel projects, saying he'll join principled members of both parties in not seeking earmarks.

Gard also said he would have voted differently than Kagen on immigration, abortion and tax relief measures.

Kagen did some campaigning of his own Sunday in Appleton. He says he'll keep portraying himself as a Washington outsider, promising lower taxes for the middle class, protecting the environment and bringing higher-wage jobs to the state.

We're not sure if Gard will have a primary contest in September.

State Rep. Frank Lasee and former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin both expressed an interest in the GOP nomination, but neither has gone beyond that.