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74th Assembly will get a Democratic primary
UW-Superior’s student body president has announced he’s running for the 74th Assembly District. Brad Phenow reports.
UW-Superior student body President Graham Garfield found his interest for politics at an early age and got involved during high school.
“In 2006 I worked with Gov. Doyle’s campaign locally in Ashland. In 2008 I spent over 200 hours working for the Obama campaign as an intern in the Ashland Office. That really gave me my passion for politics and for grass roots work.”
The Bayfield County native grew up near Mason, continuing working in politics while attending UW-Superior. “For the last four years I have been fighting the budget cuts and I have been advocating for affordable tuition by expanding state funding instead of just capping tuition.”
He says he wants to make an effort to increase job opportunities.
“We know that’s the way the United States is going to have to go with energy. Especially in Wisconsin it would be really beneficial for us to attract jobs in the environmental energy sector. We need to see what is going to bring those kinds of jobs in Wisconsin.”
Garfield says he isn’t anti-mining but he doesn’t agree with the proposed GTAC iron ore mine. He especially doesn’t like the way mining laws have been altered. “Returning mining law in Wisconsin to having a reasonable time frame for developing a project like this kind of mine. Making sure that all the work is done to see if this project would benefit the community or damage it.”
Garfield plans on meeting with the tribal communities to sit back and listen to what they need. “Making sure they feel they’re completely represented in government as well.”
He says he also wants to see something similar to MNsure in Wisconsin.
“Of course the ACA has brought more affordable care to Wisconsin; Minnesotans are saving a lot more.”
He says its time Wisconsites get dealt a new hand.
“The way that Wisconsin is going is not favoring the middle class. I think it’s time we make a new deal that we bring democratic leaders back into power in state government and we start working for the middle class again.”
Beth Meyers of Bayfield is also running on the Democratic ticket for the 74th Assembly seat now held by Janet Bewley. Bewley is running for retiring State Senator Bob Jauch’s seat.
The 74th District includes Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price and part of Sawyer County.Previous KUWS Articles:
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