105 N Franklin St., Jefferson, WI 53549
From candidate's Facebook page
I'm running for the 33rd District of the Wisconsin state Assembly. I was born and raised in the country, growing up on my family's dairy farm near Helenville. Every day after school, I loved helping my parents out in the barn, which gave me a solid work ethic from a young age. Besides farming, my dad Tom served as a Jefferson police officer for 28 years.
I'm a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Helenville, where I attended the Christian grade school. During my childhood, I was very active in both 4-H and FFA, showing cows every year at the county fair. After graduating from Jefferson High School in '06, I went to college and law school at UW-System campuses. Now I'm a practicing attorney at a small firm in Jefferson. I'm also proud to be serving my great state and country in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
Like many of our neighbors, I'm worried about the economic future of our area. In the past year alone, Jefferson County has lost 1,000 jobs, with the Tyson and McCain closings hitting us the hardest. The shortsighted politicians in Madison have gutted our public school systems, slashing hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding. Yet Republicans keep borrowing and running up steep deficits.
And what do we have to show for it? Wisconsin is dead-last in the Midwest for job creation. Rather than bringing health insurance coverage to thousands, Scott Walker refused our share of federal funding to expand Medicaid, which we had already paid for with our hard-earned tax dollars. Our infrastructure is deteriorating due to backwards budget priorities.
For the past five years, our state government has been cut down to the bone. And it's simply not working. Just as with any business, we can't grow Wisconsin without investing in her. We should be providing our local communities with the resources they need to get back on the right track.