Our Wisconsin Revolution - Dane

meet the candidates

County Board District 32

Jason Knoll

Why are you running? What are your top two policy objectives?

Bottom line- I want to help people and make a positive difference in their lives. That’s why I became a teacher, and it’s why I’m running for the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Additionally, as Dane County continues to grow, I want to make sure social development and environmental sustainability are part of our economic growth strategy. In other words, I want to help meet the needs of the present, while making sure future generations will also have the ability to meet their own needs.

My two top policy objectives are: 1) Help our children, families, and seniors live in dignity and fulfill their potential; and 2) Boost our economy by improving our infrastructure, promoting public transportation, and standing up for public workers.

What qualifications and/or experience make you a strong candidate for elected office?

I’ve been a dedicated public servant my entire adult life- I’ve been a teacher for sixteen years, and I served eleven years in the military. As a result, I know firsthand the important role government plays in keeping our growing community healthy, vibrant, and safe.

Will you help us implement OWR’s policy objectives at the local level? How? You can consult OWR's platform at: https://ourwisconsinrev.com/program/

Most definitely, yes.

The first thing I would so is start having discussions with other Board members and members of city councils around Dane County. We need to make sure they understand why these are important objectives.

Additionally, the problems we face in Dane County require multifaceted, comprehensive solutions. Everybody who lives or works here can play a role, including the county government, local municipalities, school districts, non-profits, churches, and businesses. That’s why I plan on working with organizations like Kids Forward and the United Way, as well as institutions like the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.

What is your plan to win? Feel free to list (or provide web links to) any endorsements you have already received, the size of your campaign team, your fundraising strategy, and any other relevant information.

My plan is to knock on over 2,000 doors, and I hope to raise at least $10,000. As for endorsements, you can check out those I’ve already received on my website, https://jasonfordane.com/endorsements/. As for messaging, I’m continually emphasizing progressive values and utilizing my background and experience as a teacher, veteran, and father.

My campaign team is in a bit of a state of flux right now as my campaign manager got a full-time job working for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. In the meantime, I’m working with other Dane County Board Supervisors and a member of Citizens for Dane County’s Future.

My fundraising strategy involves making calls and setting up fundraisers.

Would you be willing to fight to suspend Voter ID laws in Dane County? How would you do this?

Yes. The Board already passed a resolution (2017 RES-248) to suspend Voter ID Laws, and when I am elected, I will continue to support that decision. I will also work with state officials to suspend the laws.

What (if any) alternatives to incarceration will you support as County Board supervisor?

The criminal justice system needs reform. We need to do more to keep teens out of jail. The system should also take a comprehensive approach to sentencing to include more than just punishment; jail should be a last resort. Finally, laws should be fair and enforcement of the laws should be fair. We need to consider the impact on communities with high rates of incarceration.

What strategies would you pursue to increase the funds for community-based mental health and AODA Services and improve the availability of affordable housing across the county?

One of the lessons I’ve taken with me from knocking on doors so far is that people are sympathetic to the many issues we face in Dane County, but at the same time, they’re also concerned with the rate of taxation. To that end, I would first look for grants from state and federal government agencies (e.g., SAMHSA and NIDA), as well as philanthropic foundations.

When it comes to affordable housing, we need to look at building more than just apartment complexes. We want to help people build equity, which means we should be looking to build townhouses, condominiums, and “starter” homes. This requires re-examining ordinances and regulations at the county and municipal levels, as well as coordinating with home builders.
 

 

Jacob Luginbuhl

Why are you running? What are your top two policy objectives?

I am running because the district that I intend to represent needs an Independent-minded supervisor that is focused on solving the issues that directly affect our community in an efficient manner. Two of my top priorities are strengthening our core services provided to residents and the promotion of economic development in Dane County.

What qualifications and/or experience make you a strong candidate for elected office?

My hands-on experience gained from owning my own small business coupled with my degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from UW-Platteville are my qualifications for being County Supervisor. I also have strong ties to the community as my family has been living here in Verona for 97 years.

Will you help us implement OWR’s policy objectives at the local level? How? You can consult OWR's platform at: https://ourwisconsinrev.com/program/

As County Supervisor I plan on being an independent voice for my constituents. I want them to have a supervisor that understands the needs in their district, and I feel as a lifelong resident and small business owner that I can help provide that.

What is your plan to win? Feel free to list (or provide web links to) any endorsements you have already received, the size of your campaign team, your fundraising strategy, and any other relevant information.

Go out and meet with residents in my community to talk about the issues and make sure everyone knows to vote on April 3rd.

Would you be willing to fight to suspend Voter ID laws in Dane County? How would you do this?

No, I will not fight to suspend Voter ID laws.

What (if any) alternatives to incarceration will you support as County Board supervisor?

An inpatient treatment center for nonviolent individuals with drug or mental health problems to seek help before entering into the justice system. After-school community based programs that benefit at-risk youth by furthering their education and building positive relationships which increases employment opportunity after graduation.

What strategies would you pursue to increase the funds for community-based mental health and AODA Services and improve the availability of affordable housing across the county?

a) Seek out examples of proven platforms in other areas throughout the country with similar population/ economy size and determine if they are feasible in our community.

b) Change zoning laws to allow larger/taller buildings on smaller plots to maximize efficiency of a projects space thus, making it more feasible to investors and developers building the projects.

c) Promote projects and resolutions that will directly impact local businesses and residents in Dane County so we all have jobs that can provide for rent, mortgages, and taxes with enough left over for our families to thrive on. This will lower demand for affordable housing making it more available to those who need it.