I have training in local government, business operations, and manufacturing. I am a CPA with 17 years’ experience as Chief Financial Officer in municipal government, 10 years in agricultural economics, and 14 years in manufacturing. I am a former Ozaukee County Board Supervisor. My wife, Kathleen (Kathy), worked in Alcohol and Drug Prevention, Intervention, and Education with ProHealth Inc., the School District of Waukesha, and the Mequon Thiensville School District. We have four children, with three now starting their families in Wisconsin and one in St. Louis. Our family has always supported the community through volunteerism.
Kathy and I were born and raised in Wisconsin. We were both nurtured in Wisconsin’s work ethic. My wife comes from a family of immigrants while my family lived in Wisconsin for generations. My great, great grandfather came to Wisconsin from Illinois after serving as surgeon in General Sherman’s Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. He was followed by doctors, farmers, attorneys, teachers, CPA’s, and laborer. They have lived in Madison, Oshkosh, Omro, Milwaukee and elsewhere. My wife, Kathy, is a third generation Sicilian immigrant whose family came to Milwaukee and lived in the old Third Ward. Her father was a postal manager after WWII and her mother was a homemaker volunteering as national coordinator of the American Bowling Congress. They both volunteered for many church and Italian community organizations including Festa Italiana. Our families have included Republicans, Democrats and independents.
I want to see Wisconsin return to some of its progressive roots that served the needs of our people. Wisconsin has enjoyed a rich progressive history under both Republican and Democratic leadership. We were leaders in Workers Compensation, women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, open government, public education, manufacturing, and state and county parks, among others. Our environmental consciousness is without equal. John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, was raised and educated in Wisconsin. Aldo Leopold, an environmental philosopher and author, is world known. Frank Lloyd Wright was the first modern architect to incorporate nature into structure. Gaylord Nelson initiated Earth Day. And our UW system pioneered in forest service and great lakes research.