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George Ferriter

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George Ferriter
Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire, 1982
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
ProfessionMechanical engineer
Campaign website
George Ferriter was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 42 of the Wisconsin State Assembly.[1]


After growing up in a military family on a military base, Ferriter joined the United States Air Force. He served active duty from 1971 to 1979 as a weather observer and weather forecaster. He then served in the United States Air Force Reserve and National Guard from 1979 to 1997.[2]

In 1982, Ferriter earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.[2]

Professionally, Ferriter has worked as a mechanical engineer since 1983.[2]


Campaign themes


Ferriter's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Defending Public Education and Rural Schools

  • Excerpt: "As Representative for District 42, I will work tirelessly to uphold and defend our local and rural schools, through funding, supporting our teachers, and by pushing back against the encroachment of privatization."

Fighting for Family Supporting Jobs and Fair Wages

  • Excerpt: "In District 42, we benefit from a great location, hard workers, and access to both commercial and educational centers. A missing ingredient is that vision of Wisconsin as a forward-looking and dynamic place with a commitment to creating a future that benefits all. That vision is our Wisconsin, and is our magnet. We must restore that. When we demonstrate once again that Wisconsin is the best place to be for families and businesses, solid growth will start."

Demanding Local Control for the Public Good

  • Excerpt: "Our town, village and county boards are the elected authorities best suited to make decisions for the areas they represent."

Working to Preserve and Sustain Natural Resources

  • Excerpt: "As your 42nd Assembly District representative, I will seek to repeal legislation that has gutted mining regulation and wetlands protection, and will always act to protect, defend, and restore our waters – both above and below ground. Private gain must not be the sole measure of decisions on water, air, and resource use. The only true measure of good environmental policy is this: How do we preserve and protect Wisconsin’s natural assets for our children and grandchildren?"



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for all 99 seats in the Wisconsin State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 12, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. George Ferriter was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Keith Ripp was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ferriter and Ripp faced off in the general election. Steve Gulasky (D) and Donn Garves (I) were removed from the ballot before the primary.[1][4] Incumbent Ripp defeated Ferriter in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 42 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Ripp Incumbent 57.5% 14,238
     Democratic George Ferriter 42.5% 10,518
Total Votes 24,756



In 2014, Ferriter's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • State Senator John Erpenbach
  • State Senator Mark Miller
  • State Representative Fred Clark
  • State Representative Gary Hebl
  • State Representative Diane Hesselbien

  • AFSCME People PAC
  • Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  • Fair Wisconsin
  • IBEW Local 159
  • Madison Teachers, Inc.


Ferriter and his wife live in in the Village of Doyleston, Wisconsin. They have four children.[7]

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