Wausau Daily Herald: Column: Lassa is the best choice for us

We haven’t seen an open Congressional seat here since 1969, when Rep. Mel Laird of Marshfield resigned to become Secretary of Defense. In that election, Republican state Sen. Walter John Chilsen faced off against Democratic state Rep. Dave Obey.

We all know how that election turned out. But while Obey’s decision not to run again will guarantee that we’ll have a new representative in central Wisconsin, what is not guaranteed is whether our new representation will be worthy of us.

That’s why I’m so thrilled about state Sen. Julie Lassa of Stevens Point jumping into the race. She’s already been a strong advocate for the middle class in central Wisconsin through her work in the state Legislature, and I know she’ll take that advocacy to Washington.

Lassa grew up on a dairy farm in Portage County (right on the Marathon County border). With her husband, John, she is the mother of two children, and they live in Stevens Point. When she was growing up, her father worked in a factory during winters to support their family, but she remembers what it was like when he was laid off from that job. That is one reason that the economy and jobs have always been such a priority for her.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Lassa graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and later served as the executive director of the Plover Area Business Association, where she worked with small businesses on a day-to-day basis.

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