Candidate for congress stops in Rhinelander
Democrat Kelly Westlund is wrapping up a 26 day tour of 26 counties in northern Wisconsin. Today the candidate was in Rhinelander, Eagle River and Crandon. In her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sean Duffy, Westlund says it’s important to reach all corners of the seventh Congressional District.
“This is a very diverse, hardworking district,” Westlund said. “Yet the most common thing I hear from all over the district is that people want the opportunity to get into and stay in the middle class.” Sean Duffy, according to Westlund, “says one thing when he is in Wisconsin, but votes with the Tea Party in Washington. He must represent the entire district, not just the people who voted for him.”
Representing everyone in the district is something Westlund says she looks forward to if elected. “There are many people in northern and central Wisconsin who are the most in need of advocacy in Washington,” Westlund continued. “But with Congressman Duffy, they are the constituents that end up with the short end of the stick.”
With a college degree in conflict resolution, and as a graduate of two state leadership programs, Leadership Wisconsin and Emerge Wisconsin, Westlund says building coalitions to solve problems is one of her strong suits. “The leadership programs broadened my cultural awareness, and made me look at things from different perspectives,” Westlund says.”These are important skills to have when making decisions for real people and impacting real lives.”
Westlund explained that another reason she is getting to know the district is that she believes involvement comes with grassroots organizations. “We are at a tipping point in the state,” She continued. “It’s time for hardworking people to engage now, and have our voices heard.”
Westlund and Duffy will have their one and only debate Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the UW Marathon County Center for Civic Engagement.