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By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — The August 11 primary ballot will have three Republican candidates for Wisconsin’s 29th Assembly District.
John Calabrese, the Democratic candidate from Menomonie, will face one of three following candidates in the November election: Neil Kline (New Richmond), Clint Moses (Menomonie), or Ryan Sherley (New Richmond).
The 29th Assembly District in Dunn County covers the Towns of Lucas, Menomonie, Stanton and Tiffany, the Villages of Boyceville, Downing and Knapp as well as the City of Menomonie and parts of St. Croix County and Pierce County.
In St. Croix County, the 29th Assembly District includes the cities of Glenwood City and New Richmond, the villages of Baldwin, Deer Park, Hammond, Star Prairie, Wilson and Woodville as well as the Towns of Cady, Cylon, Eau Galle, Emerald, Erin Prairie, Glenwood, Hammond, Pleasant Valley, Richmond, Rush River, Springfield, Stanton and Star Prairie.
The incumbent representative, Rob Stafsholt, is a candidate for the 10th Senate District, in which Senator Patty Schachtner is the incumbent.
Neil Kline grew up in Milltown in Polk County and graduated from Unity High School in Balsam Lake in 2014.
During his senior year of high school, he took classes at UW-Stout, and after graduating from high school, attended UW-Madison, where he graduated in 2018.
While at UW-Madison, Kline worked for the university and in state government, including for state Senator Sheila Harsdorf. Following his graduation from UW-Madison, Kline worked at the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to support the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.
After taking a job in St. Paul, he moved to New Richmond.
According to Kline’s campaign website, “Neil is excited by the opportunity to run to represent the 29th Assembly District in Madison. He is deeply committed to public service, and as a product of western Wisconsin, he is ready to work to make a difference in the communities and state he cares about … Neil’s time in Madison shaped his deep commitment to public service, and gave him the opportunity to see state government up close. He is ready to bring this experience to Madison to fight for the people of western Wisconsin.”
Clint Moses was born and raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School and UW-Stout.
He grew up on his family’s small farm, played sports, participated in a variety of activities, including Boy Scouts, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Moses earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Biology from UW-Stout and then earned his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He currently lives on a small farm in the Town of Menomonie with his wife and four daughters, where they raise cattle and sheep.
Along with his wife, Dr. Nora Moses, Clint Moses opened Red Cedar Chiropractic in 2003.
Moses has served on the Tall Oaks Council for the Boy Scouts of America, the Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Board of Directors, as a member of the Rotary Club of Menomonie, as a member of the Community Foundation of Dunn County, and is a current board member for the School District of the Menomonie Area.
According to Moses’ campaign website, “Clint’s passion for staying busy and helping his community has led him to run for the 29th district Assembly, where he feels the real grassroots problem solving can occur. He has an insider’s view of our healthcare system, and understands the system’s flaws, and what can be changed to actually improve the health of our population, as well as make access to medical care more affordable. He’s concerned our small towns are disappearing, and wants to ensure they remain vibrant.”
Ryan Sherley grew up in Hudson. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Hudson High School in 1997.
Sherley graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. He and his wife, Jenny, have been married for 12 years and live in New Richmond with their two sons, ages 11 and six.
In 2015, he started a commercial construction company, A&K Construction out of Hudson. He is a member of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the St. Croix Republican Party and the NRA.
Sherley believes his focus as a politician should be on keeping Wisconsin business friendly, helping people struggling with mental illness and on election law.
According to Sherley’s campaign website, “I’m excited to serve at the Capital for everyone in the 29th district. I want to use my business and life experiences to help us continue the great conservative traditions of this district to support economic development and build a stronger economy, all while reducing taxes and the size of government.”