Fifty Three to Fifty Six: 56th Assembly Profiles

Monday, November 13, 2006

56th Assembly Profiles

Election profile: 56th Assembly District: Democrat Garcia Franz vs. Republican Roth
On Nov. 7, voters in the 56th Assembly District will choose between Democrat Susan Garcia Franz and Republican Roger Roth for a seat left open when incumbent Terri McCormick made a run for Congress.

In Outagamie County, the district covers the towns of Grand Chute, Center, Greenville and Dale, and wards 30, 31, 32, 51 and 52 in Appleton. In Winnebago County, it includes the towns of Neenah, Clayton, Winchester, Wolf River, Poygan, Winneconne and Vinland, the village of Winneconne and wards 1 and 2 in the Town of Menasha.

Members of the Assembly are elected to two-year terms and receive an annual salary of $47,413.

The candidates recently responded to a questionnaire from The Post-Crescent.

Susan Garcia Franz

Address: 1790 Wendy Way, Neenah WI 54956

Age: 34

Occupation: Wisconsin Well Woman program coordinator for Winnebago and Outagamie counties

Family status: Married, two children

Education: bachelor's degree, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Political experience: UW-Oshkosh Student Association senator; worked on several campaigns

Campaign Web site: www.susan

Why are you a candidate and what are the key issues in the campaign? I am running for state representative because every day I am an advocate for people who have no health insurance. I get to hear the heart wrenching stories where women are forgoing important health screenings because they have no way to pay the bill. There are women no longer here today because they saw that as their option. I need to be an advocate in Madison and work for change. My key issue is affordable health care for every one in the state of Wisconsin. We can no longer accept 10 percent increases in premiums as a norm and reduced coverage of our health insurance. I feel this along with several other important issues like campaign finance reform and funding education have real solutions that need to be pounded out. I am just the person for that job.

What sets you apart from your opponent? I am a wife and a mother of two children. I have gone through the day-to-day struggles of affording child care, buying a house and prioritizing a budget. I believe that change is a must. I come from a family that isn't tied to politics and don't have special interests in helping me get elected.

Roger Roth Jr.

Address: 1789 Sanctuary Court, No. 51, Appleton

Age: 28

Occupation: homebuilder; Roth & Sons Construction, Roth Development Corp.; Egress Aircrew Technician, Wisconsin Air National Guard

Family status: Single

Education: St. Mary Central High School, 1996; bachelor's degree in history, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Why are you a candidate and what are the key issues? We need representation down in Madison that will stand and fight for the values and beliefs that we in northeastern Wisconsin share, and that is why I am running for the state Assembly. We value the role that marriage has played as the foundation and backbone of our society. Therefore we must work to defend it. We value human life and therefore must work to protect it in all forms. We believe that the fruits of labor belong to the people — not the government, and that taxation exists to provide for the common good and need of the people — not for the redistribution of wealth. And furthermore we must work to preserve our strong agricultural heritage for generations of farmers to come.

What sets you apart from your opponent? My experiences as a small business owner and those gained through military and community service have shown me that there are many challenges that we face, but none so difficult that they cannot be overcome. With your support on Nov. 7, I look forward to working together with you to overcome those challenges.

Appleton Post Crescent 10/1

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