Lauri Asbury and Jay Schroeder largely agree on the issues as they seek the Republican nomination for the Fox Valley’s 55th Assembly District.
On the push to replace lead water service lines coming into people’s homes, both said it should be handled through municipal budgets.
Asbury, 55 and a member of the Neenah School Board, said she would support efforts to gradually replace the lead laterals around Wisconsin.
“I grew up in Michigan, so I’m well aware of what happened in Flint, and there are still ongoing problems with that,” Asbury said. “It’s a real tragedy and we definitely don’t want that to happen in Wisconsin.”
Asbury acknowledged the difficulty of paying for these changes and called for a gradual replacement program drawing on municipal budgets.
Schroeder, a 58-year-old stock market and real estate investor, said the issue was a purely local one.
He said Milwaukee, with the lion’s share of the lead service lines, should be responsible for their replacement in the city instead of the state covering it.
“I believe that would be setting a new precedent,” Schroeder said.
Republican Mike Rohrkaste currently represents the 55th AD and will retire this year. He’s said he will not be endorsing a candidate in the primary.
The final GOP candidate, Neenah’s Rachael Cabral-Guevara, owner of Nurse Practitioner Health Services, was unavailable for an interview with WisPolitics.com.
Schroeder said he got into the race to push back against Gov. Tony Evers’ actions.
Schroeder opposed calls for redirecting local dollars from police budgets to other community programs like mental health services.
“If there’s a desire or a need for mental health services increased budgeting, that should be done in the budget process individually,” Schroeder said.
Though Asbury said she’d want to look at the police budget to see how money was getting spent, she was clear that she did not want to defund the police and said she admires her local officers and the way they interact with her community.
“We should always be mindful of our expenditures and our budgets,” Asbury said.
Dem Daniel Schierl, also of Neenah, is making his second Assembly run after getting 46 percent of the vote in 2018. Schierl, 66 and a former millwright and pipefitter for American National Cans, said he’d support Evers’ suggested police overhaul.
“We’ve tried the hardcore throw- ‘em-in-jail approach,” Schierl said. “I don’t see that as working for Wisconsin. If it’s a good program or a good idea, who cares if it comes from Republicans, or Democrats, or Independents?”
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–By Caroline Kubzansky for WisPolitics.com