Friday, July 20, 2012

Who's Running for State Office in Wisconsin 2012: 65th Assembly District

Public libraries in the 65th.

John Steinbrink is the current representative in the 65th.

Steinbrink running for 61st Assembly seat. (West of the I, 5/9/2012)

Excerpt:   Steinbrink, a Democrat from Pleasant Prairie, has been a state representative since 1997. His current district, the 65th, was redistricted to a city of Kenosha district leaving his residence in the 61st District. 

The new 61st District also includes the residence of state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, a Republican who has represented the 66th District since 2001. She also has announced her candidacy for the new 61st District seat. 

Besides being a state representative, Steinbrink also is the Pleasant Prairie village president.

An open seat.

The Democratic Candidates

Dayvin Hallmon

About [with bold added.]  In April of 2008, at the age of 23, I was pursuing a double major in sociology and the humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. That same year I was elected by the people of the 7th district to the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors

As a Kenosha County Supervisor, I put in place the Kenosha-Racine County Foreclosure Mediation Program. I petitioned the state to place a cap on payday loan institutions. I created the Sustainable Living Plan, which integrated our environment, our needs for energy, and our need for jobs to address the challenges facing Kenosha. I also attempted to remove the health insurance for county board members in 2009. 

I still feel now as I did in 2008 when I was first elected. Everyone matters. Every voice should be constantly considered. Our problems have not gone away; they are still with us like an unwanted visitor or an annoying relative. In some cases they have multiplied or worsened, holding our future captive. The work to solve our problems requires an integrated approach in thought and behavior. I am more invigorated each day to work with people to address the difficult problems we all face. Clearly, we are more than capable of meeting the challenge as Wisconsinites in believing that where we may seem boxed in, there is a door to a better future. We need only to work together to find the knob and turn it. 

Prior to being elected to the county board, I was a very active freelance and church musician. I taught music to youth from all economic and societal backgrounds. I have a background in clarinet, piano, violin, viola, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone. In my spare time I enjoy playing music, writing music, reading, spoken word, studying, cooking, running, playing tennis, and gardening. I am a former boy scout, a former six-term member of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Student Government, a former president of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Rainbow Alliance, and a founding member of the Southeast Wisconsin LGBT Center. Currently I am a member of the Grace Lutheran Church Council and a member of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Board. For the past several years, I have been working two jobs in addition to being on the county board to support myself while attending school.

Wisconsin Eye interview

Albert Namath

Third Democrat joins race for 65th Assembly District. (Kenosha News, 5/25/2012)

Excerpt:  A third Democrat — a self-described political outsider — has entered the race for the newly drawn 65th Assembly District that covers much of the city of Kenosha. 

Among other things, Al Namath is running on a platform that calls for having Wisconsin lead the charge to make an official call for a convention to redraw the U.S. Constitution. 

Other Namath priorities include a strengthening of the state’s graduated driver’s license requirements for teens, as well as an initiative that would pair ex-convicts with military veterans to conduct community outreach programs.


Namath, who calls himself a moderate, differs from most Democrats in that he opposes abortion rights (except for in cases of rape, incest or pregnancies that threaten the life of the mother) and gun control (“If you’re a law-abiding citizen, you should be able to carry a gun,” he said). 

As for his wish for a U.S. constitutional convention — Article V of the Constitution allows for such an assembly, if approved by the legislatures of at least 34 states — Namath would like to see the document altered to include term limits for members of Congress, a balanced-budget amendment, line-item veto powers for the president and reforms to the commodity futures delivery process.

Wisconsin Eye interview.

Tod Ohnstad

About [with bold added]:  Tod moved to Kenosha in 1974 from Eau Claire. He had planned to be here only a few months and hasn’t left yet. He soon became active in his union at American Motors and was elected to serve as a Steward in 1977. In 1984, he was elected to the Executive Board and Bargaining Committee and was continuously re-elected until his retirement from Chrysler in 2004.

In 2008, Tod was elected to the Kenosha City Council to once again represent working people. In 2010 he ran unopposed for re-election and this year he won his third term with 74% of the vote. Tod has consistently won re-election because he is responsive to the people he represents and resourceful in getting their problems resolved.

Tod has served Kenosha in other ways as well. Originally a mentor for the Kinship program, he later was one for the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. He also served as a “big brother” in the Big Brothers & Sisters Program. He has been a frequent contributor to such programs as the Shalom Center and was always a “fair share” giver to the United Way.

Married to Kristi Kurklis-Ohnstad, they have two dogs. Josie is a 10 year old black lab they adopted 5 years ago and Bella, an eight year old golden retriever who they adopted last year.

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