There was a great deal of energy at Andre’s event yesterday and great attendence considering the short notice announcing the event. Andre has some great ideas for what Wisconsin needs – ideas that work. But instead of boring you with my take I’ll defer to a great recap by Rick Sense of Inside Scoop.
On May 7th I had the good fortune of attending a wonderful event held at Mackinaw’s Grill and Spirits in Green Bay. Up and coming André Jacque, currently serving as the City of Green Bay’s Communications Director/Grant Writer, announced his intention to run for the Wisconsin State Assembly from the Second District. Introducing André to more than 40 people attending was former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Tanzania and former Wisconsin Eighth District Congressman Mark Green.
Long active in public service, the youthful Jacque has an impressive resume in addition to his tenure with the City of Green Bay and includes time as Brown County’s Grant Writer, a Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board gubernatorial appointee and as a Grants Management Taskforce Member for the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals.
In his remarks, Jacque discussed how important it is for the people of Wisconsin to focus on the issues that confront us. “Now is the time to debate ideas and develop ways to move Wisconsin forward,” André stated. Jacque is a long time member of Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin, a member of the Brown County Taxpayers’ Alliance, and National Rifle Association Member.
Ambassador Green was complimentary of André and recounted the support and help he received from the Assembly candidate when Green himself was a candidate for Congress and Wisconsin Governor. “André is a hard worker who understands that ideas are what the people of Wisconsin want to hear, not partisan rhetoric. André will represent us well,” stated Green.
Wisconsin’s 2nd Assembly District is considered the most conservative legislative seat currently held by a Democrat. The district voted at a 54.9% clip for George W. Bush in 2004, with a majority vote for Tim Michels versus Russ Feingold as well. In 2006, 55.5% of voters from the district voted for Republican J.B. Van Hollen for Attorney General in what was a long night for all other Republican candidates.
The current office holder from the Second District is 1st-term Democratic incumbent, Ted Zigmunt. Zigmunt is considered both a fiscal and social liberal. He is on record supporting a wide variety of tax increases, including increases in state income and sales taxes, business taxes and property taxes. In a article in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from November 5, 2008, Zigmunt is quoted as stating he would like to work on a “restructuring of the tax system” and claimed “I don’t know if anyone is paying more than they ought to” in taxes. He supports increasing state income taxes on households earning more than $75,000 a year and eliminating school property tax revenue caps.
In addition to Ambassador Green, current Wisconsin State Representative Karl Van Roy, and former legislators Judy Krawczyk, and Dave Hutchison were also in attendance.
The 2nd Assembly District includes the villages of Bellevue, Denmark and Wrightstown, and the towns of Eaton, Glenmore, Ledgeview, New Denmark, Rockland and Wrightstown in Brown County; the town of Franklin in Kewaunee County; and the City of Two Rivers, villages of Mishicot, Maribel, Kellnersville and Francis Creek, and the towns of Cooperstown, Franklin, Gibson, Kossuth, Maple Grove, Mishicot, Two Creeks, and Two Rivers in Manitowoc County. The Brown County portion of the district comprises approximately 60% of the district.
Jacque is married to his wife Renée and they have two children. This is Jacque’s first run for public office.