I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
I had the distinct honor of being invited by Rep Christine Sinicki to attend the Assembly Inauguration on Monday. What a great experience. To see all of the pomp and circumstance that goes along with this special day. My wife and I were able to sit on the Assembly floor to experience this day. From the presenting of the Colors by the US Marine Corps to the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem, to see the entire Assembly be given their oath, to see each Assembly member be called up front to sign the book, many bringing their children and grandchildren with them. Sitting through the nomination of Speaker and all of the other responsible positions and hear how they want this to be a productive and civil session, acknowledging that they will not always agree but to be able to work together for the common good of the State of Wisconsin. To be a part of this was really exciting. I need to thank Rep Sinicki for the invitation and opportunity to attend this special event.
In my wildest dreams, I would have never thought that I would be invited by the Governor to attend a tailgate party at the Governor’s Mansion in the fall and then be invited by my State Representative to attend the Assembly Inauguration in the winter. I can’t wait to see what the spring holds.
As part of my Partners in Policymaking trainings, we were repeatedly told that each new legislative session is a fresh start. Relationships need to be strengthened and new relationships need to be built.
As a result of this unique opportunity, I spoke with legislators on the Special Needs Voucher Bill that is almost certain to come up early in the session. I was able to share with these legislators my thoughts on why I do not support the bill. Some support the bill, others do not, but I took that opportunity to share my thoughts.
As I mentioned, part of my Partners training was about building relationships. So I took the opportunity to have conversations with these same legislators about my upcoming campaign for First District Alderman in Cudahy. I shared with them my dream for Cudahy. Tops, was economic development. We need to find ways to bring businesses to Cudahy. Just as the State is looking to expand business opportunities, so too is Cudahy. Putting a bug in their ear about the opportunities that Cudahy has to offer could not hurt.
I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with our elected officials at the Local, State and National level. I am also looking forward to building stronger relationships with my local community, particularly in the First District of Cudahy.