Kelly Westlund for Congress
WI-07 in WI http://www.kellywestlund.com/
202 West Main Street
Primary Election Date: 2014-08-12 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
My name is Kelly Westlund, and I'm a member of the Ashland City Council. I grew up in a military family and I've lived in northern Wisconsin going on 13 years. I came to Ashland to earn my degree in Conflict Resolution from Northland College. Then I married a local carpenter, Caleb, and together, we've built a life here.
After college, I went to work with a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable community and economic development, coordinating various projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. In the years since, I started my own business doing similar work, choosing projects that would have long-term positive impacts on my community. I have spent the last few years working with a cooperative of area producers to build a strong local food system that will support family farms for generations to come.
As an elected official, I have always worked to find fair and pragmatic solutions to the problems we face. I understand that change takes time, but it demands that we persist with forward movement. I believe in a representative government, and I think it's high time people have more political power over our government than corporate campaign backers do.
Why am I running?
I'm running for Congress because I believe that the people in my district deserve real representation in Washington, DC, and I'm not afraid to stand up to special interests on behalf of working people.
Sean Duffy says one thing to constituents in the district, and then he goes back to Washington and votes against us.
I don't think I'm the only one who's fed up with disingenuous politicians and the influence of corporate money on our government. I'm not alone in my frustration with a lack of economic opportunity for hard-working people while the rich get richer and my congressman complains about "struggling" to get by $174,000 per year.
I'm the kind of person who believes that if I can make better decisions than the person currently representing me, then I have a responsibility to challenge them. It's time for a change, and I think this is a great place to start.
1. Expand economic opportunity: Increase the minimum wage to a living wage, reduce student loan rates, protect and expand Social Security.
In my role as a City Councilor and activist, I have organized events to support striking union workers and pushed the City to provide fair pay and benefits to City employees. On the campaign trail, I have been very outspoken about increasing the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, reducing student loan rates, and expanding Social Security.
2. Expand access to affordable health care: Offer a public option (if not single payer), negotiate prescription drug prices, and support community-based treatment programs.
As a City Councilor, I voted to allocate resources to the expansion of our community health care clinic. On the campaign trail, I have clearly articulated my support for expanding access to affordable health care by offering a public option.
3. Campaign finance reform:
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