Now that Republican candidates have been reduced to one I want to comment on the pre-Primary League of Women Voters Forum. As candidates answered a wide range of questions, it became self evident that Joe Majeski, the Democratic candidate is the best one. Mr. Majeski demonstrated his broad experience in both the private sector as a healthcare administrator and public sector for 24 years as Psychologist and Principal for Sevastopol Schools. He brought forth insight, strategies, and potential solutions to the most pressing problems in the 1st assembly district. Mr. Majeski is a problem solver who knows the district well, our issues and its people. What we saw was an individual who is knowledgeable with uncanny insight and is ready to represent us well in Madison. He will work hard for us.
As each candidate responded to questions, I kept thinking about the many problems our state and the district face. And these problems are substantial. Wisconsin is dead last in job creation among Ten Midwest States and 35th in the nation. Our wages are near stagnant, unemployment is too high, our public schools recently absorbed the second high per capita cut in funding in the nation, and access to affordable health care is difficult for many of our families.
Who will best address these problems? For sure, we don’t need an ideologue. For sure, we don’t need a person who rubber stamps Governor Walker’s policies. For sure, we don’t need someone who says everything is fine in the district and the state when we all know it‘s not. For sure, we don’t need a person who is unwilling to compromise. Rather, we need someone who will say no to the Governor when a given policy does not serve us well and yes when it does. We need someone who understands the needs of the citizens and the problems they encounter. We need someone who listens to people rather than talk at them.
We need Joe Majeski. He was born and raised in Kewaunee County. He has worked and lived in Door County for decades. He knows us, our way of life, and ways to make life better for us. Mr. Majeski showed me that he is a pragmatic problem solver. He showed me that our Assembly Representative must be willing to understand both sides of an issue before acting. He showed me the importance of bipartisanship. He showed me that he is not afraid to handle the most serious issues. A telling example: three of the four Republican candidates, including Joel Kitchens, the surviving Republican, passed on the question about the politically-controlled redistricting in the state, a problem that is immediate and very real. In contrast, Mr. Majeski said “Voters choose Legislators; Legislators should not choose voters”. All heard that Joe Majeski favors citizen needs over political gains. Above all, he showed me that he is a good person we can trust, a person with a strong set of citizen-focused values.
Sturgeon Bay, WI