Neither Snow nor Rain . . .

Deter Northern Wisconsin Residents

 

Although recent heavy snows have taken their toll, the people in Northern Wisconsin have once again demonstrated their hardiness and determination. We know we can count on each other to get things done, even in the toughest of circumstances.  It’s one of the reasons that I love living in Northern Wisconsin and makes me proud to be your representative in Madison. 

I was especially proud of the incredible turnout for the annual “Superior Days” lobbying effort that was held in Madison this week. Once again the Capitol was filled with concerned citizens from Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties, advocating for local communities in Northern Wisconsin. 

It’s a long drive down to Madison, and even longer when there’s snow and ice to worry about.  I don’t complain about it – I knew what I was getting into when I ran for office.  But I am so appreciative for all those who took time out of their busy lives to make the trip. Many of my colleagues commented on the fact that so many people were willing to come so far in order to speak up for the things that are important to their friends, families and neighbors.

The delegates represented every aspect of life in Northern Wisconsin including business owners, local elected officials, educators, concerned citizens, and even high school students.  One of my favorite things is the time I spend with students the evening before the event begins.  Despite having spent hours on the road, the students are eager to visit my office and learn about how their government works.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and a promising sign for the future.

During the two day event, delegates visit the offices of numerous State Representatives and Senators, and meet with representatives of the Governor and Secretaries of State Agencies.  They lobbied for increasing access to healthcare services, especially for the most vulnerable among us; for ensuring that UW Superior remains a vibrant and thriving academic institution; and for giving our cities, towns, and villages the flexibility they need to ensure that our roads and bridges are properly maintained.

I am incredibly proud of everyone who participated. They did a great job highlighting some of our most pressing issues and our greatest strengths as a community. By the time you’re reading this, the delegates will have already returned North, taking their passions and strengths back home.  And the organizers are probably already planning for the 35th annual “Superior Days” scheduled for next year.  I, for one, cannot wait.

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