Diana Lawrence for State Assembly in Wisconsin District 56

Statement for running again in 2018

After failing to advance in the 2012 Democratic Primary election for this same position it is fair to ask why I am running again and why you should take me seriously.

First you should understand why I decided to run in 2011. For many years I had been frustrated, as a citizen, to watch our government make poor decisions. As an advocate for the environment I watched as hard-won battles had to be fought endlessly. Victories seemed to be temporary, just to be fought again. In my dealings with our legislators in Madison I concluded that they were no more competent or qualified for office than I was.

The 2010 election was a turning point for me. The 56th Assembly District did not run a Democratic candidate and I felt cheated out of the opportunity to elect a Representative who represented my interests. I realized that I might have to become that candidate.

The polarized and radical first months of Scott Walker's administration convinced me that I needed to run in the 2012 election for State Assembly. I began training and preparing to run for office and I was the first candidate to declare.

2012 was the first time in a very long time that Assembly District 56 required a Democratic Primary Election. Frequently there are no Democratic candidates, period. Our district does not have a history of electing Democratic candidates. 2012 was a rare contest.

My candidacy did not survive the 2012 Primary Election, and ultimately the Democratic candidate lost in the November General Election.

All of my reasons for becoming a candidate still motivate me to serve our district. I have decided that I must try again. I believe my experience with the 2012 election will help in the 2018 election.

I will serve our Assembly District and the State of Wisconsin by respecting the opinions and values of all of our citizens. I will be guided by Democratic philosophies and principles. I have great respect for Progressive and Green Party ideas. I really do understand the ideas of our Republican and Independent neighbors and will do my best to respect and value those opinions as I represent everyone.

The late Senator Paul Wellstone said, "Politics is about doing good for people." That's what I indend to do if elected to represent the 56th Assembly District.

I hope you will follow my candidacy and offer your help.




 Paid for by Diana Lawrence for State Assembly, 
Alan Lawrence, Treasurer
www.DianaForAssembly.com