3rd District Congressional Candidate Van Orden says small business experience makes him qualified for congress

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district says his experience as a small business owner makes him uniquely qualified for the job.

During a small business roundtable, Derrick Van Orden said local employers face too many challenges.

In addition to ongoing supply chain issues and employee shortages, Van Orden says rising inflation is crippling some small businesses.

According to state records online, Van Orden owned the Butternut Cafe between 2017 and 2020.

The Republican says the experience will help him write business-friendly policies.

“These small businesses are the ones that employ everyone in the district,” Van Orden said. “They create the jobs that feed the people here. I will do everything I can when I get to convention to help our small businesses thrive.

Van Orden and Democrat Brad Pfaff are running to replace Congressman Ron Kind, who is not running for office.

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