Burke to speak at Laack’s Hall Nov. 8

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Jim Baumgart  Sheboygan County Supervisor

Mary Burke, the first Democrat candidate to announce a run for governor of Wisconsin for the fall election of 2014, will be in Sheboygan County on Friday, Nov. 8th. She will be the main speaker at the Sheboygan County’s Democrat’s Fall Banquet to be held at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. That address is W4302 County Road JM, Johnsonville, WI. It will provide an opportunity for area residents to meet and hear her speak.

Tickets are available for the event by calling Anita Klein at: (920) 980-3963. Cocktails and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and Mary Burke will speak at 7 pm. Banquet dinner tickets sell for $25 for adults; $20 for students. The fall dinner is one of two (also a spring dinner) the Sheboygan County Democratic Party provides to bring supporters together, introduce an interesting speaker and raise money for the county party and for the next election cycle.

Mary Burke is a well known businesswomen and daughter of the founder of the bicycle manufacturer Trek, a product mainly built in Wisconsin. She announced her intention to run for governor on Monday, Oct. 7th.

Burke, 54, was head strategy and director of European operations for Trek for a number of years and is a still a major stockholder. She served as commerce secretary in Governor Doyle’s administration from 2005 to 2007. Burke is presently on the Madison Metropolitan School District school board. She brings a fresh approach by not being a professional politician and, while very active in her community, has never held a political elective office.

Mary Burke is a state native who grew up Hartford, Wisconsin, received a Finance degree from Georgetown University, went on to Harvard Business School where she received her Master’s degree in Business Administration. In 2011, Madison Magazine name her one of their “People of the Year” for her continued service to others within the community.

If successful, Burke would become the first women elected a Wisconsin governor. To those wishing to participate in the Sheboygan County Democratic banquet and hear Mary Burke, you can obtain tickets from Anita Klein at the number listed above. While it is not known what she will discuss in her presentation, likely she will point out what path she thinks Wisconsin should be taking to promote jobs, environment, schools, family, cooperation and other important issues. Depending on the speaker’s schedule and time limits, it is likely she will take questions from the floor after her presentation.

Other breaking political news from the lakeshore area: Martha Laning, a well known community advocate and leader announced at the Plymouth Intergenerational Center on Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, that she will be a candidate for state Senate in the 9th Senate District. The area district covers includes parts of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Calumet Counties. That election will take place in the fall of 2014.


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