Your friendly neighborhood mom
I’m running for our 92nd Assembly District because of the hardships that my family and our communities in West Central Wisconsin are facing.
I have lived in Wisconsin nearly all of my life. I was born on an Air Force base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, but after my dad was discharged, we returned to Wisconsin, where both of my parents had grown up on family farms. They knew this was where they wanted to raise a family, and it's where I in turn chose to raise mine. Growing up in a working class family, my parents instilled a strong work ethic in me and showed me how to be a public servant - after the Air Force, my dad was a policeman and my mom worked in health care services for over 30 years.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin -Madison in 2001, and later with a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005. My parents and community taught me to believe in the Wisconsin Idea, and I have been proud to use my education to serve the people of rural Wisconsin. I know personally how difficult it can be to have to make the decision to get an education knowing how expensive it is. This is why I want to make sure that Western Wisconsin has fair access to trade schools and affordable college opportunities.
I am an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. I have worked for the tribal government for the past fifteen years; including as the Associate Judge, Interim Chief Judge, Attorney General, and Senior Tribal Counsel. Through these experiences I’ve shown that I know how to get things done, and how to get them done well. I’m proud of these experiences, and of how I’ve managed to gain the trust of my community. This record of hard work and problem solving is what I want to bring to Madison.
My husband and I are raising our four children in Black River Falls (Jackson County). I have one daughter in technical school in Madison, a son and daughter at Black River High School, and a son at Red Creek Elementary. We also have a French bulldog named Charli. I’ve made sure to instill the Wisconsin values of honesty, fairness, and trustworthiness in my kids, and I want to bring those values to Madison for you.
When I listen to my parents, I hear their struggles with social security, health care, road conditions, and taxes. When I listen to my children, I hear their concerns about active shooter drills, climate change, and the affordability of public university and vocational school. I know we can do better for the generations that worked so hard to provide a future for us, and for our children who are the future of rural Wisconsin.
I’m running to bring people together so it is possible for all of our families to get the medical treatment that we need. Together, we can fix our roads, enjoy the retirement we earned, and our kids can live in a safe, clean Wisconsin where they can achieve their dreams. Right now representatives in Madison have just become a part of the gridlock, and aren’t working for us. I want to help provide a new kind of leadership for Western Wisconsin.