by Judy Brey
Kathleen Vinehout- college professor, dairy farmer, State Senator from Alma, WI, and now candidate for Governor. I had the good fortune of hearing Kathleen speak in Baraboo last Thursday night. Her talk with the 60 or more of us gathered at the Baraboo Civic Center gave me hope and inspiration for the future of our state.
Since 2006 (her constituents have elected her 3 times), Kathleen has served as Senator to her rural district in west central WI. She understands the unique needs of rural communities and the challenges that face them. Kathleen knows what it’s like to get up at 4 am each morning to milk cows, and she also knows what it’s like to go without health insurance because it’s too expensive. When her son needed emergency surgery, she knows what it’s like to have to take out a second mortgage to pay the medical bills. (This is the reason Kathleen decided to run for state office; she knows how essential healthcare is and she also knows how to fix it so that everyone has access.)
Kathleen firmly believes that if state leaders put the needs of the people of our state first (if people are the first priority), there is enough money in the state budget to take care of those needs- healthcare, education (K-12 and higher education), clean air, water, and land, viable roads and bridges, and broadband access. Each 2-year budget cycle, Kathleen carefully crafts a “People’s Budget” which takes the same amount of money that the current Administration has to work with, and allocates it for programs and services that directly benefit the people of the state (not big corporations).
Please come and meet Senator Kathleen Vinehout, candidate for Governor, in Reedsburg on Sunday, April 29, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Reedsburg Rec Center (across from the Reedsburg Public Library). The public is welcome and a complimentary taco bar will be served.
Judy Brey, Reedsburg