Diana Lawrence for State Assembly in Wisconsin District 56

Differences between Diana and the Incumbent.

Our incumbent has obvious advantages in knowing facts and details about current legislation that he has been involved with for six years. But he was no better prepared to enter office six years ago than I am now.

For six years our incumbent has had this office and failed to help our state with many challenges facing us. You can expect that another term in office wouldn’t change that fact.

Many people tell me that they feel disenfranchised. They feel the elected representatives are corrupt and failing to represent their constituents. They feel their vote doesn’t really matter. And they may feel there is little difference between the actual candidates. Our incumbent does not believe people feel disenfranchised.

The United Way ALICE Initiative has found that 37% of Wisconsin families are struggling. Our incumbent is satisfied, believing that families are gainfully employed and doing well. I think this is a evidence that our current state government is not serving us.

Our incumbent is a climate change denier. I take it seriously.

The incumbent supports sulfide mining in Wisconsin, something that has never been demonstrated to be safely done anywhere in the world.

The incumbent scored ZERO on the legislative scorecard organized by the John Muir (state) Chapter of Sierra Club. I was endorsed by Sierra Club.

The incumbent believes the expensive tax incentives and environmental damage for Foxconn are justified. I would not have supported this, and will work to add responsibility to the give-away package.

My primary issue is restoring confidence in the democratic process to our citizens. I will work to represent you and to enhance your ABILITY to participate in democracy.

What do I stand for? I stand for clean open government, responsive to its citizens.

I will serve our Assembly District and the State of Wisconsin by respecting the opinions and values of all our citizens, regardless of political persuasion. We all pay taxes to support our government, and it needs to work for all of us. Although I may support legislation that you wouldn't support, I will not do it to support a partisan agenda. I will not be a rubber stamp. I will respect your opinions, wants and needs while weighing the needs of the current generation and future generations.

I will work to eliminate gerrymandered district borders.

I will work to make it easier for you to vote.

I will have frequent public meetings around our district, so you can tell me your wants and needs.

I will represent you and help you from getting left behind.

We work too hard earning the money that pays taxes to demand anything less.

I will work for marijuana reform. It should be legal.

I will work for prison reform. Too many citizens are in prison.

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

In her 1988 speech to the Democratic Nation Convention Ann Richard’s had a statement about that election and I think it still applies today: “When it comes down to it, this election is a contest between those who are satisfied with what they have and those who know we can do better.”

I'm asking for your vote on November 6.

Why I am running.

I was drawn to run for the 56th Assembly Seat for several reasons.

I have been involved as a citizen advocate for the environment through Sierra Club and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. I became progressively more involved, from writing letters to going to Madison to lobby on legislation. Running for the 56th Assembly Seat is an extension of that activity. I talked with legislators many times through the years and concluded that I was as knowledgeable and competent as anyone I met.

It bothered me in the past that there often was not a Democratic candidate for me to vote for in the State Assembly, as was the case in the 2010 election. I finally looked in the mirror instead of looking elsewhere for a candidate and decided I could bring my life experiences to the table and run for office. I chose the state level because I have been working on that level of issues for years. My husband and I participated in the protests in Madison over the course of several weekends and that activity helped me to make the decision to run for this office.

I’ve watched as other citizen environmentalists have successfully engaged the political process and have been elected to the State Assembly. I believe I am ready to follow in their footsteps and stand on their shoulders.

What do I hope to accomplish if I win?

I’ve been asked what new laws and bills I intend to introduce in the Wisconsin State Assembly. I’m sure that I will introduce or support new legislation, but I believe it is almost more important to know what kinds of legislation should not be supported, and be willing to oppose it.

Our state elected officials have polarized state government and the people of the state like never before. It seems that the majority party elected officials think that they have a mandate, without involving the other political party and independent citizens of the state. This has been characteristic of both Democrats and Republicans. For good government, we absolutely must involve both parties, all stakeholders who have an interest in an issue, and independent citizens. Too often legislation was written on behalf of, or even written by, interest groups and their lobbyists as model legislation, rather than written by legislators. This has happened in environmental areas and other areas.

Public education is probably the single best expense beside civil defense that the government can offer. I do not believe the tired mantra that the majority of our schools are failing their students and communities. Some need help but by and large those schools, ie. Milwaukee Public Schools, that are doing poorly have extraordinary problems largely brought on by societal problems in their area. This needs to be addressed before you can have properly achieving students and schools. A great workforce depends on a strong public education system with accountability on the part of its teachers and principals. I support spending as much money as we can on the public educational system, but to do so efficiently and wisely.

Environmental regulations should not be changed lightly. I hope to be a champion of the environment and be careful and choosy as to which regulations need updating and those that do not. We must not change environmental laws to suit any one company. This opens the floodgates for other industries to pursue loosening of laws to suit their needs as well.

Wisconsin is slowly losing its heavy manufacturing base to places like China and competition within our own country. We should not continue to give away tax incentives to the point we have no revenue from business. Businesses decide to locate not only on taxes but also on quality of life issues, transportation quality and a good public educational system that they know will provide them with the workers they need. The state needs to find those new cutting edge industries and support them. We missed the opportunity during the boom of the 1990's to attract new industry and relied too much on the paper industry and the car industry. We need to encourage the UW system to do what it needs to in order to keep and attract scientific professionals and activity and not spend our legislative time hampering them.

If nothing else, I hope that my tenure in public office will help restore the public faith in our government system. There are many good people serving as elected representatives or as public servants. I will serve the people in Assembly District 56 and the State of Wisconsin. I want others to follow me and be confident in the democratic process, knowing that the citizens are represented.

My qualifications

Statement for running in 2018



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