State Assembly District 67Rob Summerfield(Republican) First elected to represent the67the Assembly District back in 2016, incumbent Rob Summerfield of Bloomer is seek-ing to be reelected. Among thepledges Summerfield makes tovoters casting their ballot in the August 9 partisan primary and later November general elec-tion are the following: A commitment to reducing overburdensome regulations Providing tax relief to fami-lies and businessesPrioritizing rural areas foreconomic development Prioritizing broadband ex-pansion “As a lifelong resident of this area, I know the challeng es we face every day. I have been a strong advocate for the Chippewa Valley since I was elected, and I intend to contin ue that fight. The coming yearscould be very challenging for the state, but I believe that I can represent our communi -ty’s families and businesses inMadison well and make our voices heard," Summerfieldcloses out his appeal to voters, asking for your support August 9.
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August 9 partisan primary to choose November ballot

Stanley Community Center the place to be for Stanley voters this coming Tuesday

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"Primary." Taken in literal fashion, it simply means "first." Taken according to practical euect, it's when members of both parties head to the polls to choose their favorite for an election still further away, in this case November. With the Stanley Community Center (NOT Fire Hall) the place to be when polls open Tuesday, August 9, the stakes are poten –

tially high.

As to Stanley-Boyd, there are no local ballot questions this time around, but plenty of local, state, and national can – didates to consider. Regarding the "partisan" aspect of the primary, it’s important to note that one’s ballot choices must all align with the chosen par ty at the top of the ballot, in order for these to be counted.

The purpose of a partisan pri – mary is to choose the strongest candidate to head into the next and final (general) election-in which case, these are the state and national races that auect you this primary season. Read – ers can view the redistricting map on page 10 and then read the bolded sections which ref –

erence those candidates per – taining to them, or read the whole article, if they desire.


State Assembly District 67 Jason D. Bennett (Democrat) Facing ou against Summerfield in the August 9 primaryand November general election is speech and language pathol ogist Jason D. Bennet. Among the things that Ben -net wants people to know as they head to the voting booth is that he is not a politician. As such, Bennett is running to amplify the voices of thoseresidents of District 67 whohave been ignored by electedovcials. Fighting for the rightcare for students, patients, andclients, Mr. Bennett sees hispatients and students as “indi-viduals with unique needs, not just numbers to be counted ordollars to be divided.” With experience as a health care andeducational services provider,Bennett touts his experience“sorting through problems, de-vising plans, and working with teams to provide and createsolutions” as voters head to thepolls in the upcoming primary. Bennett asks your support Au-gust 9.

State Assembly District 68 Hillarie Roth (Republican)Starting out candidates forState Assembly District 68 isHillarie Roth. A graduate of Rhinelander High School with the Class of1996 and of Northcentral Tech-nical College with a nursing degree as of 1999, Roth says that her family’s motto is “I can’t change the world, but I can work really hard to makemy corner of it a better place.”A registered RN with endorse -ment by Wisconsin Right toLife, the 44-year-old Roth isalso a school board memberfor the Altoona School Districtand believes in parent choicein education. “Parents shouldbe empowered to advocate for their children’s education al needs,” Roth says. “Theyknow their children better than anyone else and should be the ones making the decisions fortheir kids.” Citing a heart forservice as being “at the core ormy campaign,” Roth has heardmany issues as she travels the68th Assembly District, including EMS coverage in volunteer fire departments, rural broad-band connectivity, road condi tions, inflation, and rising gasprices. “The top priorities of the people within my district are my top priorities and I will work hard to ensure good roads and a strong infrastructure to serve our businesses and fam ilies, fiscal responsibility with your tax dollars, workforcedevelopment, that will ensure we have skilled and trained workers, and a strong educa-tion system promising a brightfuture for our state,” Roth says.Committed to serving God and others, Roth asks for your vote August 9.

State Assembly District 68 Nate Otto (Democrat) Running on the Democrat-ic side of the primary ballot is Nate Otto, with introductory website at ottoforwisconsin.com. Holding a Masters in Public Policy from the UMN Humphrey School as of 2011 and a B. S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire as of 2003, Otto is currently an ad-junct teacher at CVTC, Otto is married with two children, as well as being passionate about issues including “rural broad -band, water conservation, andreproductivity rights.” Saying that extremists on both sidesare trying to take over the state, Otto shares a belief that “we the voters deserve a legislatorwho listens.” As such, he hassome priorities: Expanding Rural Broadband (what it says) Protecting Waterways (working with farmers and lo-cal communities to preserve and protect natural resources in an economically sustainableway). Invest in Mental Health (help citizens lift themselvesup to become active members of the community and enhancetheir quality of life)RestoreReproductivityRights (make abortion ‘safe,legal, and regulated,’ along with providing ‘preventative reproductive care that is proven to work’) Keep Housing Auordable(build long-term housing andzoning initiatives to keep hous ing auordable through market changes) Work Together (Acknowledge that Democrats are notalways right or Republicans wrong, and that ‘all sides havesomething to ouer.’)Running to serve all in the68th District, Otto asks foryour vote August 9.State Assembly District 68 Karen Hurd (Republican)

Running as well in the 68thAssembly district is KarenHurd, a 64-year-old Fall Creek resident. With a Masters ofScience in Biochemistry fromthe University of Saint Joseph in December 2017, as well as degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Hunt-ingon’s College of Health Science, Truman State University,and The George WashingtonUniversity at Washington be-fore that, Hurd is also a small business owner with Karen R.Hurd Nutritional Practice LLC.An army veteran as well as American Legion Color Guard Commander and Chaplain, Hurd also lists being a member of the Fall Creek Lions Club in her resume, being a published author and newspaper colum -nist. Switching over to why she is running, Hurd says in part that, “When a person sees things going on in the world around them that they know are in the wrong direction, then it is incumbent upon that per-son to do something about it. What can be done depends on the person’s current responsi-bilities, talent, and time restrictions.” Stating that she is at aplace in her life where she candevote the energy, experienceand knowledge she has to serve the country as a public servant, Hurd asks your vote in the Au -gust 9 primary.

State Assembly District 68 Chris Connell (Republican) Closing out the Republi -can candidates for AssemblyDistrict 68 is Chris Connell. AChicago mechanic who movedto Eau Claire 25 years ago, Connell promises to fight forthose Republicans who feel abandoned by their own partyand disauected Democrats noton board with their party’s cur-rent direction. “Ninety percent of Repub licans support Donald Trumpand the America First agen da,” Connell says. “The other 10 percent won’t let go oftheir iron grip on the reigns of power within the party. They fancy themselves our leaders and think they know better than us. They fancy themselves our leaders and forget they are supposed to be our represen tatives.” Pledging to fight forthose “not OK with a wide open border and modern day slavery in the form of foreign nationals illegally being depos -ited all over the country in thelargest human travcking operation in history,” Connell asksfor your vote this August 9.

State Assembly District 87 James W. Edming (Republican)Seeking re-election to theseat he has held since 2014,Ladysmith Wisconsin nativeJames Edming is a graduateof Flambeau High School,earning a Teacher’s Certificatefrom Taylor County Teacher’sCollege and going on to five years teaching experience at Osseo-Fairchild before becom-ing an entrepreneur with sev-eral successful small business,including Edming Oil in GlenFlora that he operates with his wife. Regarding the issues, Ed-ming says that “serving thepeople of the 87th Assembly District is the best job I’ve ever had.” Running again becausehe feels the job isn’t don’tyet, Edming says that he has, “helped deliver billions in tax relief, defended and expanded2nd Amendment rights, helped protect the unborn, strength -ened laws to hold criminals accountable, empowered parents, stopped Governor Evers’leftwing agenda and so muchmore.” Edming says he wantsto continue serving his constituents in Madison, “becauseI am ready to work with the Republican governor that Wis -consin will hopefully elect this fall to continue our work passing conservative reforms.” As to Representative Ed-ming’s voting record on other matters, the site justfacts-votesmart.org reports in part that voted yes in February onS. B. 940 – Authorizes Suspen-sion of Voters for InformationDiscrepancies. In addition, he has received an 83 percent rat-ing by the National Organiza tion for the Reform of Marijua-na Laws, and an eight percent rating from Climate CabinetAction. Edming seeks yoursupport August 9.

State Assembly District 87 Michael Bub (Republican) Challenging James Edmingin the Republican primary Au gust 9 is Michael Bub, who says he ran against Mr. Edmingeight years ago. “Eight years ago, I ran for the 87th Assembly seat. I lostby 19 votes to the current rep. At the time he said he wouldonly serve one or two terms,”Bub says. “Now he is seeking his 5th term. After eight years in ovce I feel we need a change.” Holding a bachelors ofscience degree from UW-LaCrosse as a computer sciencemajor and asserting 23 years of local government experi-ence, Bub is currently on boththe Medford City Council andTaylor County Board of Super visors. Pro-life and pro-secondamendment, Bub takes issue with several aspects of the cur-rent status quo. “I’ve been asking people one question,” Bubsays of his campaign travels.”Do you feel our government is a little broken? Most timesI got the same response. ‘Alittle?’ People have lost confidence in our government.” Going on to tie this to cur-rent leadership, Bub says that,”In 2015 Edming supportedand voted to create the Wis consin Election Commission,”Bub says. “A new Board to oversee elections. The boardconsists of 3 democrats and 3republicans. They take turns being chairman every otheryear. In the past 3 state wideelections a number of concerns have been raised. The problemis any issue taken to the Elec-tion Commission does not get resolved. The vote is almostalways 3 to 3. Procedures that were used like drop box-es, which have now been ruled illegal were allowed by theElection Commission due the 3 to 3 votes. We need to restore confidence in our elections.We need to eliminate or revisethe WI Election Commissionto fairly manage our electionsof Wisconsin.” Also taking issue as well with the lack of broadband inrural Wisconsin, Bub says that he has seen “a lot of talk butlittle action.” Forming a broad-band committee as a member of the Taylor County Board some three years ago, Bub says that, “We have found a solution that works for rural areas. Bythe end of 2024 every home,business, cabin etc.in Taylor County will have access tohigh speed internet for $50 amonth. This will be for every -one not just people in cities orlarger towns.”Closing out his appeal bysaying he works to find solu-tions as opposed to just talking, Bub seeks your vote this Au –

gust 9.State Assembly District 87 Elizabeth Riley (Democratic) On the Democratic side ofthe primary ballot this August 9 and destined to face the win -ner of the Republican primaryis candidate Elizabeth Riley.Introducing herself at rileyfordemocracy.com, the Democrat-ic primary candidate acknowl -edges that, “we live in a mostlyRepublican district.” Nonethe-less, Riley goes on to say that she thinks she can better serve the people of the district. One thing Riley says she has seen is that not all Republicans are ok with the direction they seethings going at Madison. “They can see that our en-vironment–our source of life and livelihood–is being destroyed for short-term profits.They see the Republican state legislature meddling more and more in county, city, and townauairs. They recognize whenthey’re being manipulatedby “culture war” propagandato direct their attention awayfrom the most vital issues,”Riley says. “They see our current state legislature tak-ing healthcare decisions away from women in an astounding overreach in their zeal to control women. They are horrified by their former Party’s refusalto do anything to help our chil-dren and grandchildren stay safe in school. They know that today’s Republican party is not the same party that their parents voted for, and not eventhe same one they knew fifteen years ago,” she goes on.Saying that the times call for”New” leadership in line with the Constitution of 230 years ago, Riley explains the seem-ing time issue. “I call it ‘new’because it doesn’t seem to exist anymore, if it ever did.” Look-ing to better serve her fellow citizens, Riley asks your vote

this August 9. State Senate District 23 Sandra Scholz (Republican) A registered nurse of 30years, Sandra Scholz is among those running to replace retir-ing State Senator Kathy Bernierin District 23. Defining herselfas a wife, mother, and grand -mother as well as overcomer, Scholz says she ultimately ran after God told her too. “I was asked to run for the senate seat by constituents inmy area,” she said. “I am aChristian and prayed about it,and The Lord told me to run.” Saying in addition that she would listen to the voters andfile a joint resolution to decertify the 2020 election which shesays many she has talked to be-lieve fraudulent, Scholz wouldalso fight for the unborn, alongwith freedom of speech, reli-gious freedom and the Second Amendment. Lastly, her time in the Senate will be limited. “I will only be in the Senatefor 4 years. I believe in termlimits,” she says. Scholz asksyour vote this August 9.

State Senate District 23 Brian Westrate (Republican) Also running for the State Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Kathy Bernier short-ly, Brian Westrate is running as a conservative Republican, who promises to limit gov -ernment and defend liberty.Born and raised in Eau Claire and graduating from MemorialHigh School. Attending BethelCollege in Arden Hill, Minne-sota while his future wife, thengirlfriend Elizabeth attended the University of Minnesota,Westrate returned home after graduation and got married, moving into a rental, and later purchasing his childhood home. Now owning and oper -ating a small business in Al-toona while his wife is a teacher in the Eau Claire Schools,Westrate professes three core priorities: God, family, and community. “I have three core prioritiesin my life – God, family, and community,” he says. “As aChristian I believe it’s my re-sponsibility to love and serve all three. I strive to do every -thing with honesty, integrity,and humility.” As such, We-strate seeks your vote August 9.

State Senate District 23 Jesse James (Republican) Currently serving the 68th Assembly District but lookingto take the place of retiringSenator Kathy Bernier in District 23, Jesse James is an EauClaire native, graduating fromEau Claire North High andlater Chippewa Valley Tech -nical College with an associ -ates degree in police science,then becoming an Emergency Medical Responder in 2015 among many qualifications. His election. Married with fourchildren, James is a small busi-ness owner and the only active member of law enforcement in the State Assembly. As to the issues and voting, Vote Smart reports that James received a zero percent rating from the National Organiza tion for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, with a 33 percentrating from Climate Cabinet Action. Moving down the issue list,James voted ‘Yea’ in a concur rence vote on S. B. 940 — Au-thorizes Suspension of Votersfor Information Discrepancies.Later passing to the gover -nor’s desk, the bill was vetoedby Governor Evers in Aprilof this year. James was amongthe 47 sponsors of AB6, whichwould have established re-quirements for children born alive following abortion or attempted abortion and provid -ing a penalty. The bill passed the State Assembly but failed to pass the State Senate, being defeated by Senate Joint Reso -lution 1. A full voting record for James is available at Vote Smart. James seeks your sup-port on August 9. With no ovcial Democraticparty challenger for WisconsinSenate District 23 as of August9,Dan Hardy is being put for-ward as a write in candidate for the primary, though not yet on the November ballot.

August 3, 2022