What a summer we have had. The latest news is the endorsement from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. My focus in this campaign has been to get the endorsement of the voters in the 23rd District, especially those I get by personal contact. But, my first job was as a union steelworker, and while I have sat on both sides of the labor table during my career, I believe organized labor benefits the economy. Because this statewide endorsement, and an earlier one from Amalgamated Transit Union 998, match my values and beliefs, I greatly value them.
Meanwhile, on the campaign trail -- I have traveled all over the 23rd District, and with the help of volunteers, have knocked on thousands of doors, and planted hundreds of yard signs. Wherever we go, Democrats agree – Wisconsin’s Republican leaders have put us on the wrong track. Refusing to support fast rail, federal health care funding, teachers, public schools, universities, unions, infrastructure needs, climate science, environmental protections, and open and clean government, Republicans have instead chosen to support secret WEDC business loans and to support interests that divide Wisconsin’s citizens and destroy our historic values. Wisconsin has been turned away from its progressive roots; we must put it back on course.
I am a CPA with 17 years of experience managing government budgets. I helped guide the consolidation of the North Shore Fire Department, and brought Ozaukee County its AAA bond rating during the worst recession since the Great Depression. I retired in 2017, and looked for a new way to serve my community. What could I do to help Wisconsin? The answer became clear.
The Wisconsin Assembly sets the budget in Wisconsin, and that budget must reflect our values and our needs. I am a longtime resident of the 23rd District, and my heart is with its people. My head is full of finance, and I am bursting with ideas and the wisdom gained through experience. I hope to use that knowledge to return Wisconsin to its progressive roots. To help navigate Wisconsin through changes sure to come. I promise that civility, cooperation, and competence will guide me in everything I do. They are the cornerstones of good government.
I ask for your vote in the Democratic Primary August 14.