Winds of change: 12th District Senate challenger says Wisconsin deserves better
By Eileen Persike
An Oconto Falls Democrat announced his candidacy for the State
Senate last week in Rhinelander. Dave Polashek, a former school administrator and district superintendent, is challenging 12th District Senator Tom Tiffany in the Nov., 2016 election.
Standing under a pavilion near the Hodag Park boat landing, Polashek told the crowd of about 40 supporters that the blustery weather was actually “winds of change.”
“For the last 37 years as a Wisconsin school administrator, I’ve listened, brought people together and worked to address the challenges and opportunities facing our communities,” said Polashek. “Together, we can do more to invest in the infrastructure we need to create good jobs, protect our natural resources, support students, reverse the Madison assault on local control and fight for the values of the Northwoods.”
Folks living in the north, he said, have a proud and independent streak where one size does not fit all.
“This applies to natural resources, infrastructure and how we support opportunities in our schools,” Polashek told his supporters, adding that the shoreland zoning laws are a classic example of Madison trying to change our way of life. “If people want more protective regulations related to shorelines, that’s what they should be allowed to have. 100-foot lots may be great in southern Wisconsin but you can’t support that in northern Wisconsin.”
Saying he has a passion for public education, Polashek said the state is seeing the once proud tradition of supporting teachers and education left behind in favor of “special interests with big checkbooks.”
One difference between himself and Sen. Tiffany, Polashek said, is that as an avid hunter and outdoorsman, “people in the 12th District can identify better with me.”
Polashek is married and has four adult children and seven grandchildren. The 12th Senate District includes all or parts of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawno, and Vilas Counties.