Retired county finance director plans to run for state Assembly
OZAUKEE 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.