Diana Lawrence for State Assembly in Wisconsin District 56

Post-Crescent article 08/05/18

Reprinted from: Post-Crescent article 08/05/18

Why are you running for office?

The citizens of my district and many others are not well-represented by their current legislators. There are so many problems that need attending to like poverty, education, mental health issues, addiction, roads and other public infrastructure. The state park system was ordered to operate without state funds and the DNR does not have enough employees to do the job correctly. The current legislative body does not put priorities on the correct issues, and I feel we are not getting what we need from the taxes we pay.

Previous government experience: No elected government experience.

As a citizen engaged with the government for many years with groups like the Sierra Club and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, I spoke with not only my legislators and Congressional representatives but also those of other districts and states. In the process of interacting with those groups and the representatives themselves, I learned a great deal of the processes involved with environmental issues.

What do you think are the key issues facing the community?

One big problem I see as I go door-to-door is the lack of engagement in government by so many people. They have tuned out for the most part and will tell you that all politicians are the same: they are all bad. Of all the serious issues plaguing my district and the state, I think this is the most insidious one. How can there be long-term solutions put in place for any problem when people have stopped voting and when they have stopped caring? I see it as part of my job as a legislator to re-engage people at this basic level while also trying to end poverty, grapple with education issues, mental health issues and get our roads and bridges in good repair.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

I hope to change the fact that many citizens are not very engaged in their government. Through many town halls or even focus groups, I want to re-engage people who are disgusted by government. I also want to work on mental health and addiction issues. I also think we need a major look at how people pay various taxes and at least balance the books so tax money is going where we want it to go.



Also see this article printed shortly before the Primary: Post-Crescent article 08/10/18



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