Rep. Jon Plumer: Constituent Service is Top Priority

A little determination, a lot of support and a long journey combined to get me to this point, introducing myself as the new representative for the 42nd Assembly District. These past several months have been an experience I’ll never forget, from attending community forums to meeting and engaging with hundreds of people while knocking on doors.

I’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve my community as a Lodi Trustee and Supervisor on the Columbia County Board. It’s now my responsibility to be your voice at the state level. My pledge to you is that constituent service is my top priority and I will work tirelessly to answer questions and address your concerns on state-related issues.

The 42nd Assembly District has the best that rural and small town Wisconsin has to offer, especially when it comes to farms, community and family. I will always keep the issues that affect us at the forefront of the conversation to help our district continue to thrive.

In communities such as ours, reliable and fast broadband is important to help our businesses keep up with markets and innovations. The Assembly has aggressively passed initiatives that develop broadband internet in rural communities across the state. Grants are now available for companies to continue developing the infrastructure necessary for improved rural broadband performance. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help drive more solutions so our rural communities have the technology they need to prosper.

The state of our roads is another issue that’s important to the economic health of our district and the state of Wisconsin. Much has been said about the quality of our roads and the best way to pay for maintenance and improvements. I’m happy to report that two bridges in our district are on the Local Bridge Improvement Program list for replacement. The program is now funded at the highest level ever, thanks in part to an additional $67.4 million in funding from the federal government. Quality roads are vital to our economy and even our quality of life. I’m committed to working with members of the legislature to find sustainable solutions for transportation funding that ensure our roads are well maintained but keep our taxes low.

After the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Wisconsin’s legislative maps, redistricting has been at the top of the headlines. I’m open to ideas on non-partisan redistricting, but I believe the court made the right decision in this case as this is an issue that should be decided at the state level.

I’m truly humbled by this opportunity to serve as the state representative of the 42nd Assembly District. I can’t thank my wife Chris, our family and friends enough for their encouragement and support. I look forward to serving as your representative and I invite you to reach out to me for help navigating state issues that affect you and our community.