By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Republican State Senator Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls (23rd Senate District) has decided not to run for re-election.
Chris Kapsner, an emergency physician from Boyceville, will be the Democratic candidate for the 23rd Senate District on the November 6 ballot.
The 23rd Senate District includes the 67th, 68th and 69th Assembly Districts.
Dr. Kapsner is married and has four children.
The Colfax Messenger sent out a questionnaire to the candidates, and here are Dr. Kapsner’s responses:
• Why did you decide to become a candidate for state senator in District 23? As an emergency physician, I understand the impact that the high cost of healthcare, coupled with the crisis of opioid abuse and addiction, has had on our families. I’ve spent my career as a physician advocating for my patients and now I am running for the State Senate to do the same for the residents of the 23rd District. I believe our state has tremendous potential and we need to get back to our Wisconsin traditions and values. By investing in each other, we can create opportunities for everyone.
• What about your background makes you particularly qualified or suitable to serve as state senator for this district? As doctor with over 20 years of private sector business experience, I know the importance of using evidence and best practice to solve a problem. I am a father of four, and longtime resident of Wisconsin. I see the numerous challenges and stresses that our communities face. During my term, I would work to strengthen our communities by increasing access to quality, affordable healthcare, investing in our public education system and building a 21st century infrastructure that will prepare us for the future.
• What are the three biggest issues facing the state of Wisconsin and what are some of your ideas for dealing with those issues? Residents of the 23rd District are telling me that increasing access to affordable healthcare, including mental health and addiction services, investing in quality public schools, and growing our local economy are the most pressing issues facing our state. Affordable healthcare, quality schools and infrastructure like broadband and good roads are the building blocks of a healthy community that will create opportunity and attract business.
• What are the three biggest issues facing state Senate District 23 and what are some of your ideas for dealing with those issues? The 23rd District faces many of the same challenges seen in local communities throughout our state. With stagnant wages, skyrocketing healthcare and education costs, families are working harder than ever to make ends meet. Unfortunately, Republican tax cuts have helped large corporations and the wealthy while shifting the burden of supporting our schools and roads to our local communities. In the State Senate, I would advocate for working families and help create an economy that works for everyone in our state.