Assembly Representative, Districts 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81

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 76

Chris Taylor (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 77

Shelia Stubbs (Democratic)

District 78

Lisa Subeck (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 79

Dianne H. Hesselbein (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 80

Sondy Pope (Democratic), Incumbent 

District 81

Dave Considine (Democratic), Incumbent 


DISTRICT 76

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CHRIS TAYLOR (Dem)

Madison, WI 53704
chris@taylorforassembly.com
www.taylorforassembly.com
Facebook: Chris Taylor for State Assembly
Twitter: @christaylor4wi

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My legislative priorities revolve around restoring funding to our public education system, social justice, and protecting the environment. Additionally, my priorities include setting forth a Progressive agenda that embraces government for the people, working on a bipartisan basis to pass good policies, and trying to stop the devastation of the right-wing agenda. My experience as an attorney and as the Public Policy Director for PPWI has helped and will continue to help me accomplish this.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have been a tireless advocate for reducing gun violence and keeping communities safe. I founded the Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety, which is a statewide effort to bring together advocates from many fields. Additionally, I authored a bill to reinstate the 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases, a bill that bans bump stocks, and a bill that limits magazine size, in addition to co-sponsoring bills like requiring universal background checks.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? We can be both good stewards of our natural resources and promote economic development. In fact, companies value places where their employees can recreate. Additionally, Wisconsin has a $17.9 billion outdoor recreation economy, so it is absolutely vital that we protect our environment to ensure economic prosperity. I authored a bill that requires Wisconsin to evaluate the effect of the outdoor recreation economy so we can make sound economic development decisions that benefit everyone.

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 have co-sponsored efforts to establish an independent process for redistricting that is free of the partisan gerrymandering we are now unfortunately living with. I also gave redistricting responsibility to a nonpartisan agency in my Wisconsin Bill of Rights. As seen in a lawsuit, Wisconsin's current maps are absolutely shameful and a violation of democratic principles. I support an open and transparent method for conducting fair redistricting where every vote is counted and matters.


DISTRICT 77

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SHELIA STUBBS (Dem)

Madison, WI 53713
campaign@sheliastubbs.com
http://sheliastubbs.com
Facebook: Shelia Stubbs for State Assembly
Twitter: @sheliastubbs4WI

Watch the Know Your Candidates interview with Shelia Stubbs on Madison City Channel.

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a State Representative my priorities will reflect those of the people I represent: increase funding for education; reform Wisconsin’s criminal justice system; reduce and prevent gun violence; protect our environment; defend a woman’s right to choose; strengthen the safety net; increase access to health care for all. I will bring to the State Assembly a proven record of getting things done as an elected County Board Supervisor, as an advocate, and as a neighborhood organizer.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have earned the Gun Sense Candidate Distinction from Moms Demand Action. I have testified in support of tougher gun laws. I will continue to push for legislation including universal background checks and banning military-style assault weapons. I will stand up to the gun lobby. We need action to stop the senseless and heartbreaking loss of life from gun violence. There was a shooting recently in my own neighborhood. I will continue to work with neighborhood leaders to reduce gun violence.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? We have shown it is possible in Dane County to achieve that balance. I will continue to work with all stakeholders including farmers, developers, conservationists, and residents as we develop and pass environmental protection laws. I will involve scientists and other experts to help determine what is effective and what is needed. I will also work for environmental justice to ensure that communities of color are not disproportionately affected by action, or inaction, on environmental safety.

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. On the Dane County Board, I was one of the sponsors of an ordinance that created an independent citizen redistricting commission (2016). The criteria for establishing county board districts is that the process be independent, impartial, fair, accountable, and transparent. The principle of “one person, one vote” is fundamental to our democracy and the gerrymandering that allows politicians to choose their own constituents, instead of the other way around, runs counter to that.


DISTRICT 78

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LISA SUBECK (Dem)

Madison, WI 53719
Lisasubeck@gmail.com
http://lisasubeck.com
Twitter: @lisasubeck

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. It has been an honor to serve the people of the 78th Assembly District as your State Representative since 2015. As your representative, I have fought for our progressive values and to restore economic and educational opportunity for all in our state. My priorities include strengthening and supporting our public schools, ensuring a strong UW system, improving access to high quality, affordable healthcare and childcare, gender and racial equity, and protecting our natural resources.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have worked to pass common sense measures to prevent gun violence, such as requiring background checks for all firearms sales, restoring Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun sales, and banning devices like bump stocks. I also co-authored a bill to provide school districts the option to raise the revenue limits to address urgent security and safety issues, as well as several other pieces of legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals intent to do harm.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I have fought to protect our natural resources by supporting policies that improve the quality of our lakes, ensure smart growth, and provide infrastructure for transportation alternatives. I have advocated for policies that preserve the ability of local governments to regulate mining and have fought corporate attempts to privatize of our water. Protecting our natural resources, coupled with investment in green jobs, improves quality of life and helps 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 strongly support adopting a non-partisan redistricting process as a matter of basic fairness. Our current system unfairly allows the party in control at the time of redistricting to gerrymander new district lines in such a way to maximize the party’s own power, leaving voters with fewer choices. This is why I have sponsored and fought for non-partisan redistricting form, such as the model used in Iowa. Voters should be allowed to choose their represenbtatives, not the other way around.


DISTRICT 79

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DIANNE H. HESSELBEIN (Dem)

Middleton, WI 53562
dianneforwi@gmail.com
Facebook: Dianne Hesselbein for Assembly
Twitter: @rephesselbein

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I have demonstrated the expertise and passion necessary to continue fighting for these top priorities: provide the best public education for our children, K-12 through our technical colleges and universities; curb the epidemic of gun violence; build ladders of opportunity for Wisconsinites to succeed; ensure affordable access to quality healthcare; protect Wisconsin's heritage of stewardship of our natural resources; and enact fair redistricting reform.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Everyone deserves to live free from gun violence in our schools, homes, and communities, and I stand with those seeking common-sense measures to reverse this growing epidemic of violence. I support a wide range of sensible proposals: AB 65 institutes universal background checks; AB 597 prohibits individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing a firearm, and; AB 616 prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer, use, or possession of bump stocks.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? There are few issues more important than ensuring clean water, unpolluted air, and land free of contamination - and so is the need for good jobs in our growing communities. I believe protecting basic resources while growing Wisconsin's economy need not be opposing options, but through considered planning our state can have both. Wisconsin leadership must stop sacrificing the quality of our state for short-term investment promises made by outsiders seeking quick profits at our expense.

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, legislative redistricting should be established by a nonpartisan organization. In 2011 Wisconsin Republicans reset state district boundaries to gain a clear advantage in what is considered one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern American history. The result is a distorted legislature, voting rights restricted and suppressed; importantly, Wisconsin values and priories are being ignored for short term political gain. I am grateful Wisconsinites are fighting this sham in the courts.


DISTRICT 80

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SONDY POPE (Dem)

Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
famrob3@aol.com

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Having served on the Education Committee in the Assembly since I was first elected, I have developed many years of familiarity with the issues, the players, the stakeholders, the funding, and the history of K-12 education in Wisconsin. As a former business owner I am deeply connected to the concerns of small businesses in particular. My commitment to the environment remains strong. I believe all citizens deserve adequate healthcare (physical and mental), security, and opportunities to succeed.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? America (and Wisconsin) has become a culture of guns. There are no simple answers, there is no easy fix. Poverty, lack of opportunity, and mental health issues all play into this culture and will need to be addressed on many fronts before violence can be reduced. I support sensible legislation regarding gun ownership while still recognizing our strong hunting heritage. School safety is a moral obligation that we owe students and staff but safety everywhere must be our goal.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? There are many ways for communities and commerce to grow from sustainable and renewable sources that do not harm the environment. We must keep future generations in mind as we find ways to grow and prosper today. Partnerships within communities will serve the greatest number of interests when many voices are included in decision-making. Citizens need to become well-informed and insist that community values are represented in decisions that impact them.

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. Clearly unfair advantage in drawing legislative districts has been documented and has had the intended result. Regardless of which party is in charge, it is a disservice to citizens to have their votes neutralized in this way. I pledge to support a fair and independent method of redistricting no matter which party is in charge. Legislators created this law and can change it.


DISTRICT 81

DAVe CONSIDINE (Dem)

Baraboo, WI 53913

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