In the Aug. 9 Republican primary for the redrawn 33rd Assembly District, which includes northwest Rock County and the southern half of Jefferson County, Jefferson Mayor Dale Oppermann entered the race this spring with the support of the Wisconsin GOP. Meanwhile, Scott Johnson, a farmer and consultant, has said his campaign will not be “beholden” to the state GOP – and accepts President Joe Biden as the rightful winner of Wisconsin’s 2020 election.
The seat, held by incumbent Rep. Cody Horlacher, R-Mukwonago, is not a Republican lock: Three-term Rep. Don Vruwink, D-Milton, who currently represents the 43rd district, chose to run in the 33rd after the new cards. brought his hometown of Milton into the new district. The Republican candidate faces Vruwink in the November 8 election. The term is two years.
Scott L Johnson
Address: N3043 Hass Road, Jefferson
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Before elected mandate: Fort Atkinson School Board, 1998-2014
Other public service: Co-founder, Delta Theta Sigma Educational Foundation, since 1980
Education: BA in Agricultural Economics, Commerce and Industry, UW-Madison; completed the UW-Whitewater Master’s program in academic corporate finance; Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program
Email or website: [email protected]
Address: 1117 Hillebrand Drive, Jefferson
Family: Married with three adult children; three grandchildren
Use: mayor of Jefferson; Sales Representative, Milwaukee Plate Glass Company
Before elected mandate: Mayor, Jefferson since 2010; Jefferson City Council, 1994-2010
Other public service: Policy and Communications Leadership Council, Wisconsin Public Power Inc., since 2014
Education: No university degree
Email or Website: DaleforAssembly.com
Questions and answers
How does your experience set you apart from your opponent?
Johnson: I have demonstrated that I am a visionary leader with principles. I did not spend taxpayers’ money recklessly or impose unnecessary expenses on taxpayers. My knowledge and experience of education and agriculture, which are two of Wisconsin’s main economic and spending drivers, are essential for a legislator. I will represent the people first, Dale will be beholden to the party as the party has chosen.
Oppermann: I have over 23 years of experience and a successful track record as an elected leader in a local municipality. Using a team approach, we have provided needed services, made much-needed improvements and kept local taxes to a minimum by employing tax-responsible financial strategies and bold foresight and vision. I don’t know Scott Johnson or his past experience.
What makes you the best candidate to beat Rep. Vruwink?
Johnson: I am a conservative fiscal Republican, I intend to govern and help my party get things right. My party needs good leadership and to govern, to do something, not to throw a hammer. Working across the aisle should be common. We share more in common than it separates us as a community. We need to have fair and non-partisan legislative and parliamentary constituencies. We must eliminate black money in politics.
Oppermann: I know and know the people of the 33rd Assembly District well, having lived in Jefferson County all my life. The Milton and Fort Atkinson areas are similar to Jefferson in both size and proximity. I listen to my fellow citizens and I work hard to understand the issues and opinions of the people who live here. Although we may not agree on an issue, people can always be sure that their opinions will be heard and taken into consideration.
What plan, if any, do you support for the future of the Wisconsin Elections Commission?
Johnson: I intend to keep it. I don’t understand the lack of statesmanship by the reluctance of our current legislators to accept the outcome of an election. I want a non-partisan group monitoring the elections. I want them to find ways to get more people to vote. I don’t like wasting taxpayers’ money on an investigation that reveals no fraud, just to appease those who don’t like the way people voted. Everyone should vote and everyone should have the opportunity to vote.
Oppermann: I think no matter which side of the aisle you are on, the people of Wisconsin want to know that our elections are safe and fair. As with any issue, once elected, I will look at all sides and find the best way forward for Wisconsin.