Assembly Representative, Districts 37, 38, 42, 43, 46, 47

Two-year term

The Wisconsin Legislature is made up of a 33 member senate and the 99 member assembly, together with the service agencies created by the legislature and the staff employed by each house. Senators serve staggered four year terms and assembly members serve two year terms. The legislature’s main responsibility is to make policy by enacting state laws. The legislature can also override a governor’s veto of any legislation by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature. Members will earn an annual salary of $52,999 beginning January, 2019.

Candidates:

District 37

John Jagler (Republican), Incumbent

District 38

Barbara Dittrich (Republican)
Melissa Winker (Democratic)

District 42

Jon Plumer (Republican), Incumbent
Ann Groves Lloyd (Democratic)

District 43

Gabriel Szerlong (Republican)
Don Vruwink (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 46

Gary Hebl (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 47

Jimmy Anderson (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 48

Melissa Agard Sargent (Democratic), Incumbent 

 


District 37

JOhN JaglER (Rep)

Watertown, WI 53094

NO REPLY 


DISTRICT 38

BARBARA DITTRICH (Rep)

Oconomowoc, WI 53066

NO REPLY


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MELISSA WINKER (Dem)

Oconomowoc, WI 53066
winkerforwisconsin@gmail.com
www.winkerforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Winker for Wisconsin
Twitter: @WinkerforWI

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a national board-certified educator and small business owner of 17 years, I bring a high degree of competence in dealing with multiple stakeholders, a keen ability to research and evaluate the issues, and a solid grounding in the real-life demands of a shifting economy. I will advocate to protect our cherished Wisconsin heritage: quality public schools, living-wage jobs, affordable and accessible health care, clean air and water, and a strong government that works to improve all lives.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? As a hunting family, I am closely familiar with the responsibilities of gun ownership. As an educator, I know all too well that the threat of gun violence is a scourge for families in our cities and towns. Most people want common sense gun laws that protect rights while keeping communities safe. I will work hard to pass laws such as universal background checks, “red flag” allowances, and 48-hour waiting periods. We cannot retreat from this important matter out of fear and division.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Wisconsin has a proud history of protecting clean water and natural habitats while promoting business development. I will work to ensure that we have strong policies to prevent current and future contamination. Wisconsinites are clear in their demands for protecting our watersheds, lakes, and rivers as the source of clean drinking water and recreation enjoyment. Our businesses understand the benefits in terms of property values, quality of life for employees, and a strong tourist economy.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I believe, along with a majority of residents, that we must have fair drawing of political districts to remove the barriers of true representation. Non-partisan districting honors the wishes of our communities to enable a fair representation of our state. This issue, like many, represents the core values of our campaign. I am motivated to represent the voices in my communities with the fundamental ethics of integrity, transparency, and a respect for discussion with expert based information.


DISTRICT 42

JON PLUMER (Rep)

Lodi, WI 53555

NO REPLY 


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ANN GROVES LLOYD (Dem)

Lodi, WI 53555
annforwisconsin@gmail.com
www.annforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Ann Groves Lloyd
Twitter:  @AnnForWisconsin

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Top priorities: improve infrastructure; restore funding for our public K-12 and post-secondary education; affordable health care & coverage for pre-existing conditions; and protecting our environment.

Qualifications: 30 years at UW-Madison as an administrator and student academic affairs specialist; two terms on the Lodi City Council (committees-public works, finance, and HR), 8 years on Utilities Commission, and leadership positions in local, state, international professional associations.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? While the majority of gun owners are responsible with their firearms, Wisconsin can, and must, do more to reduce gun violence and keep our communities, schools, and children safe. Sensible measures such as a three-day waiting period, Red Flag processes, and universal background checks must be implemented. Schools must remain gun free zones, as every student should have a safe space that is free from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous individuals.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? By improving the standing and the authority of the DNR. The DNR has seen consistent cuts over the past several years that have impacted its ability to create a balance between economic development and the protection of natural resources. To ensure that economic development is being done in a responsible manner, we should return some of the power the DNR has recently lost, and give it the authority to require environmental impact studies before going forward on major economic development projects [CHARACTER LIMIT]

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am fully in support of a nonpartisan solution to the currently broken system of redistricting. Partisan bias and conflicts of interest have no place in the drawing of legislative districts, and switching to a nonpartisan system would ensure a fair and sensible measure for doing so.


DISTRICT 43

GABRIEL SZERLONG (Rep)

Milton, WI 53563

NO REPLY


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DON VRUWINK (Dem)

Milton, WI 53563
donvruwinkforassembly@gmail.com
http://donvruwinkforassembly.com
Facebook: Don Vruwink for Assembly

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are the following: §Create a stable funding source to fix and maintain roads. § Adequately fund our public schools so that our children get a good education and teachers are paid like the professionals they are. §Expand Wisconsin’s broadband infrastructure so that everyone has access to high-speed internet. § Freeze property taxes for low-income seniors so they can remain in their homes. § Take care of our military veterans.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I support background checks on every gun purchase, not just those from federally licensed dealers. I support restoring the 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases. I support a bill that would create a lethal violence protective order. Under this bill, if a person is threatening to harm himself or herself or others, then a law enforcement officer, a family member, or a household member may request a protective order. A judge would decide whether there is reasonable grounds to issue an order.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? The DNR is on the front lines of protecting our land & water, and must be sufficiently staffed. We must strike a balance between the needs of agriculture, manufacturers, and citizens who cherish our precious natural resources. In my maiden speech on the Assembly floor, I argued against the “death by 1,000 straws” bill that relaxed regulations on high-capacity water wells. Groundwater belongs to everyone, as do our navigable waters. The state must protect these precious natural resources.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am the lead author of a bill that takes redistricting out of the hands of politicians and places it with the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The bill directs the LRB to create districts that are as compact and contiguous as possible. One thing I regularly hear from voters is that they are tired of the political fighting. They want the parties to work together. Redistricting reform will take partisanship out of the process, encourage compromise, and strengthen democracy.


DISTRICT 46

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GARY HEBL (Dem)

Sun Prairie, WI 53590
friendsofgaryhebl@yahoo.com
http://garyhebl.org
Facebook: Gary Hebl for State Assembly 

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I have four priorities in the legislature: education, environmental protection, health care, and jobs. Probably the most important issue to me is education, because through a quality education, we will strengthen those other three issues. I am on the Assembly Committees on Environment, Colleges & Universities, and Education, which allows me to effectively address many of my priorities.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have cosponsored legislation to reinstate the 48 hour waiting period to help serve as a cooling off period for crimes of passion. This past session I also authored a bill to prevent those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse from possessing or purchasing guns. I would also like to see universal background check implemented so that there are no loopholes and we can be sure only those deemed fit to own a gun are able to purchase one.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Right now it is very one-sided. The current majority has decided that businesses get whatever they want, and that includes if they want to destroy the environment. I disagree. I think that they can work in harmony. I like the idea of the old "prove-it-first" mining law, which said said if a company can't guarantee no pollution, you can't mine in Wisconsin. That encourages those that may want to do business to find a way to conduct business without harming the environment.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Absolutely. The current process simply does not work and does not ensure fair representation for Wisconsin citizens. To be truly fair, we need to take partisans out of the equation. This may be a cliche, but it's absolutely true: voters should be choosing their representatives, representatives should not be choosing their voters. We need legislators that are truly accountable to those they represent, and ensuring that district lines are drawn fairly accomplishes that.


DISTRICT 47

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JIMMY ANDERSON (Dem)

Fitchburg, WI 53711
Jimmy@jimmyforassembly.org
www.jimmyforassembly.org
Facebook: Jimmy Anderson for Assembly
Twitter: @Rep_Jimmy

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Healthcare is my primary issue. I have put together a package of bills that build on the ACA and makes Wisconsin a leader in patient protection, expands Medicaid, and makes healthcare coverage available to every Wisconsinite.

I’m also passionate about conservation and education issues. I will push for stronger protections for our land, air, and water and demand that secondary education in Wisconsin is accessible and affordable for everyone.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? There are many things we can do to reduce gun violence, from requiring background checks for all gun purchases to outlawing dangerous weapon modifications to mandating magazine limits. We must also keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill using stricter background checks and redline laws. We must also properly fund mental health care so that we can help people before they turn to violence or self-harm.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Conservation and economic development often go hand-in-hand. Our state parks, our hunting and fishing opportunities, and our natural recreation areas raise significant tourism dollars, but for them to be attractive, our state must place a premium on conservation. We must change the way we look at the relationship between conservation and economic development and see our investment in our air, land, and water as a way to grow our economy.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, I support independent redistricting reform. It is unconscionable that elected officials get to choose their voters. Especially as the technology grows more sophisticated, those who draw the lines can all but ensure electoral outcomes for decades at a time, disenfranchising many Wisconsinites. Our government ought to be a holistic reflection of our state but that won’t happen until we get independent redistricting reform.


DISTRICT 48

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MELISSA AGARD SARGENT (Dem)

Madison, WI 53704
melissa@melissasargent.com
Facebook: Melissa Sargent for Assembly 
Twitter: @repsargent

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a lifetime Madisonian, I know that my friends and neighbors in the 48th Assembly District value a strong and unapologetic voice in the capitol who understands that if we work together we can build a Wisconsin that works for all of us. As a proven, hardworking leader I will continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Wisconsin is once again a state where everyone is safe, can reach for their dreams, and where we invest in a better tomorrow in the best interest of all Wisconsinites.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? As an outspoken champion for gun safety reforms, I know that everyone deserves to be safe where they live, work, & play. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Wisconsin. Since there is no one fix for this complex public health crisis, I will continue to advocate for comprehensive policies to save lives & make our neighborhoods & schools safer. I support universal background checks, increasing waiting periods, Lethal Violence Protective Orders, & self-exclusion legislation.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I know that economic development & the protection of our natural resources go hand in hand. Wisconsin has a rich history of prioritizing & investing in stewardship projects & conservation policies that have a positive impact on both our economy & quality of life. Protecting our air & water, safeguarding wildlife habitats, & supporting family farms & responsible industry are the backbones of sound policy. I oppose the destruction of our environment for the benefit of profit-seeking polluters.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am a leader in the fight for redistricting reform. I am committed to an open, fair, and transparent government. Nonpartisan redistricting would create more competitive elections leading to higher voter turnout, greater public confidence, and a more representative legislature. Wisconsin must create districts that more fairly reflect our communities and people. The voters of our state have the right to choose their representatives, not the other way around.