I’m running for the State Assembly to stand up for our public schools and the teachers who work hard to educate our children. We must fully and equitably fund our communities’ schools while restoring Gov. Tommy Thompson’s commitment that two-thirds of public school funding should come from the state. I will also fight to strengthen our technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin system, which has always been one of our state’s greatest assets. Recent funding cuts and changes in governance have driven away faculty members and are threatening the reputation of our flagship university in Madison.
I’m also running because Rep. Dale Kooyenga has failed us. He represents large corporations and his wealthy contributors, not you or me. He campaigns against Milwaukee instead of acknowledging that Wauwatosa and Brookfield are thriving communities because of Wisconsin’s largest city, not in spite of it.
My opponent is not being honest with us when he talks about getting our state’s fiscal house in order and improving our children’s schools.
• He voted for budgets that increased spending to all-time highs and increased borrowing for huge highway projects. Meanwhile, the state is postponing debt payments because tax revenues are lower than expected.
• He has demonstrated fiscal irresponsibility by voting against acceptance of federal funds for BadgerCare expansion, which could save Wisconsin taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while covering health care for 83,000 more people. One of my top priorities as your representative will be to push for acceptance of these federal funds, some of which were sent to Washington by Wisconsin taxpayers.
• He voted for unlimited expansion of unaccountable voucher and charter schools in addition to authoring the ill-advised Milwaukee school takeover. Statewide voucher expansion is an urgent threat to all of our public schools, which are the heart of our communities. I will call for a moratorium on voucher expansion and work with public education advocates on the funding solutions that our children and teachers deserve.
During my 29-year career as an engineer, I have worked with a wide variety of people across the country and around the world to solve complex problems. As your representative in Madison, I promise that I will work together with as many legislators (regardless of party) and community members as possible to solve Wisconsin’s problems and move our state forward.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or to share your ideas. I look forward to earning your vote for Wisconsin State Assembly on November 8.