"Experience Good Government"

Civility • Cooperation • Competence

About Andy

Who I Am

Andy Lamb of Mequon WI

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.

Why I Am Running

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Today that heritage is under stress. Our democracy is in discord. One party is running all branches due to gerrymandered districts, targeted voter laws, and corporate money. Civility and cooperation are nonexistent and competence appears lacking. We turned down well over a billion dollars in federal grants because of party politics in the midst of the Great Recession intended to repair and expand our rail system infrastructure and provide health coverage to our citizens. We are now poised to spend well over four billion Wisconsin taxpayer dollars on a Chinese factory with a dubious environmental and labor record, done with a deal crafted in secret. Massive funding has been drained from our premiere UW and public education system. We now trail our region in new business startups and family wages. We import nearly 100% of our energy yet discourage renewable alternatives. The federal government sends our federal tax dollars south yet our own representatives vote to exclude our own local taxes from federal tax deductions making us pay taxes on top of our taxes. Limits to our state open government are passed in the dead of night without debate and environmental laws are ignored or eliminated.

I am running because I think the stakes are high and priorities misplaced. My training teaches me the economy is an ever expanding pie where we can all get larger pieces when we all share in the growth. The next inevitable IT step in artificial intelligence will soon take us to quantum growth expanding in multi-directions. Tedious labor will be freed due to robotics and artificial intelligence will augment human ingenuity and imagination. Our current concepts regarding labor, jobs, and sharing in this economy will change in ways we may not imagine but need to be receptive of. We need to prepare for this reality so all can be allowed to achieve and in turn, respect one another.


Lamb to challenge Ott

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Retired county finance director plans to run for state Assembly

andy lamb news graphicOZAUKEE COUNTY - Andy Lamb, Ozaukee County’s longtime finance director who retired last July, said this week he plans to run for the state Assem­bly as a Democrat. Lamb, who served 15 years as the coun­ty’s chief financial officer, will challenge Jim Ott, the Mequon Republican who has represented District 23 since 2006.

“I’m concerned with the way politics is going and I’m concerned with some of the things that are happening at the state level that I can affect,” Lamb said. “I think the people of Wisconsin deserve good government. I’ve experienced good government – and I don’t think they’re getting it right now.”

Lamb previously served two years as the chief financial officer for the North Shore Fire Department. He added that he has 30 years of private business experience in agricultural economics and manufacturing.

A Mequon resident for 35 years, Lamb has been married for 45 years and said his four grown children all are graduates of Mequon-Thiensville schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University Wisconsin and became certified public accountant in 1992.

Lamb said he does not have a specific bone to pick with the way Ott has served the district. He added he thought about running prior to retiring from the coun­ty and “it’s time to act on my concerns.”

He said good government should be defined by “the three Cs” – civility, cooperation and competency.

“I always thought competency was the hardest of the three,” he said. “It requires hard work, mastery of skills, inquiry and planning.

Cooperation only takes time and flexibility to allow for all options to be heard and a consensus formed,” he added. “Civility, on the other hand, is the basic norm of showing respect and courtesy. Today, we can’t even master civility in our government. How can we even measure competency in this environment? Wisconsin had a history of open and good government. We deserve both.”

Ott said Monday he plans to seek reelection.

“I definitely am running for another term – and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

The 23rd Assembly District includes the eastern portion of Ozaukee County and extends along Lake Michigan to take in many of the North Shore suburbs in Milwaukee County.