When: Tuesday, August 9th, 2022; polls open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Find your voting location at myvote.wi. All absentee ballots must be requested by August 4th and turned in no later than 8:00 p.m. on August 9th either by mail or dropped off in-person. In-Person absentee voting will start Tuesday, July 26th and end Friday, August 5th. You can vote early Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you plan to vote by mail, voters are strongly encouraged to mail their ballots as soon as possible to ensure their ballot is received by the deadline.
What it’s about: The Wisconsin State Assembly is made up of 99 representatives, each of which are up for election every two years and are elected for two year terms. There is only one candidate for District 75, and they will be running onopposed in the primary and general election. This candidate for district 75 is:
• David Armstrong, Incumbent (R-Rice Lake) Website
Who can vote: The election is open to residents of the 75th Assembly District. Click on the image to pull up a more detailed and interactive map.
Where you vote and who is on your ballot:
• Go to myvote.wi.gov
• Enter your voting address to learn which races are on your ballot and where you vote.
Why this questionnaire: The Good Government Council (GGC) is a committee of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce dedicated to encouraging voter participation and providing members of the business community with non-biased information about candidates’ positions on important issues. Although the Chamber is active in policy issues, it is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates.
1.) Why are you running for this office, and what are the top three priorities you will emphasize if elected to the next session of the legislature?
David Armstrong: Additional Housing, Childcare and transportation helps. Maintain a stop to any and all regulations that hurt business.
2.) What role should state government take in supporting a vibrant business economy in Wisconsin? What specific actions or policies would you propose to accomplish it?
David Armstrong: Government has a role in making the business climate the best it can in Wisconsin but also get out of the way by eliminating any unnecessary regulation.
3.) Businesses today face several significant workforce challenges, with more jobs open than individuals available to fill them. Among these issues are demographics related to the size of the workforce; state support to recruit and retain employees to the area; housing supply and affordability; and a crisis in childcare availability for working parents. What is the legislature’s role in addressing these issues?
David Armstrong: Tweaks to TIF to enable communities to pay for infrastructure costs to make it less expensive for developers/builders to build. Provide tax benefits to companies that provide childcare benefits.
4.) The 2019-21 State Budget included funding for the first phase of the new Science and Health Sciences Building at UW-Eau Claire to replace aging and obsolete Phillips Hall. The University is now awaiting the second phase funding so that it can begin construction. What level of priority will you put on ensuring that funding is included in the state’s 2023-25 budget, and what steps will you take to make that happen?
David Armstrong: I would gladly cosponsor.
5.) Why should a business person in the Chippewa Valley vote for you to represent them in the state legislature?
David Armstrong: Understand economic development very well due to role as Executive Director of Barron County Economic Development. I have a track record both in the EDC and Legislative roles of working on housing, childcare, transportation and workforce training programs.
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Posted by Danya Morman, Governmental Affairs Intern