By Kelsie Hoitomt
Jim Swanson, a Menomonie native, is running as a Representative for the 29th Assembly District for the November 6, 2012 elections.
Swanson is an outdoorsman at heart and an advocate in conservation and conserving Wisconsin’s wildlife.
In 2011 he was named the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator of the year after teaching thousands of children about conservation and more so how to properly handle and shoot a muzzleloader.
Swanson is the former president of the Wisconsin Muzzleloaders Association and is a chairman of the Deer Hunting Committee for the City of Menomonie. He also was a lead teacher for nine years at the Lucas Charter Alternative High School where he spent countless hours teaching kids about the outdoors and how to improve the habitat.
Before deciding to run for the 29th Assembly, Swanson worked at the Dunn County News as an outdoors writer.
He gets his inspiration from Aldo Leopold, who said that a true outdoorsman gives back to nature more than he takes.
If elected, Swanson says that he will create quality jobs to support middle class families. He will conserve and protect Wisconsin’s natural resources. He will enhance Wisconsin’s hunting and fishing heritage. He will fund our quality public education system and he will strongly support small businesses.
Swanson says he is entering the election race because conservation efforts in Wisconsin have suffered from either being neglected or outright attacks for far too long.
He believes it is time for Wisconsin to resume its traditional role as a leader in conservation and environmental protection.
If elected, Swanson says he will bring his ethics of hard work, knowledge and fairness to representing the 29th Assembly District.