Contact: Erik Hoyer
Allouez, WI — Today four-term Brown County Supervisor Dr. Erik Hoyer announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the 4th Wisconsin Assembly District. “I am running because I have the combination of collaborative leadership skills and common-sense fiscal insight needed in Madison and the drive to serve all who live in District 4” said Hoyer.
Issues that are important to Dr. Hoyer’s candidacy include prison reform, safeguarding of our natural resources, and human services. While on the board, he was the chair of the Human Services Committee and the Mental Health Subcommittee. “My work in human services has given me insight into how a county can effectively use state money, particularly in meeting the health and mental health needs of our most vulnerable.”
This election is particularly important because of the political boundaries to be drawn by the upcoming legislature. “The maps developed in secret almost 10 years ago have been a comprehensive failure in democracy. We need new vision and leadership to guarantee fair maps.” While on the county board, Hoyer wrote a fair maps resolution sent to state lawmakers and helped establish a citizen board to ensure proper political boundaries in Brown County.
During his time on the board there has been a reduction in property tax mill rates, a moratorium on new bonding, and the retirement of tens of millions of dollars of debt; this has occurred alongside significant investment in county infrastructure. “The county partnership with the STEM Center is a success, and we will continue to see successes of our investment in our community this year with the ME’s office, centralized crisis services, and the first major update of the Neville Museum in 40 years” said Erik. “All while halving the total county debt by 2024 and completing balanced and fair budgets year after year.”
Dr. Hoyer’s professional background is as an academic, administrator, and consultant in higher education. “Each of these areas have informed an important piece of what I will bring to Madison: a deep understanding of environmental issues as a biology professor, budgeting and servant leadership as an administrator, and the abilities to do debt-load calculations and develop models to prioritize spending as a consultant.”
With eight years as a non-partisan representative, Supervisor Erik Hoyer wants to bring his experience serving all constituents to Madison. “Rather than lament the divides in Madison, I will work across the board and across the aisle to best represent the entirety of District 4. Everyone deserves representation, not just those in one party. This is why my campaign motto is ‘A New Voice in Madison: Yours’”