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LaSAGE WANTS TO BRING CHANGE TO MADISON

Assembly Republican primary candidate Jason LaSage says he aims to use grassroots organizing to bring about change in Madison should he win the 24th Assembly District primary and general election.

“This is a change election; whether it's Republicans or Democrats, people realize there needs to be change in government,” LaSage said.

LaSage, 28, said he demonstrated an ability to bring about change when he was elected to the Germantown School Board in 1998 at age 18, while he was still in high school. On the board, LaSage said he found himself as the lone vote on a number of issues regarding citizen input into decisions. But LaSage said he didn't give up fighting for those issues and instead educated and rallied community members who ultimately pressured other board members into changing their positions.

“That's what we need in Madison,” LaSage said. “We need to have a legislator that not only makes the right votes and has the right vision but also educates the public on what is going on.”

LaSage is one of four Republican primary candidates running for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Suzanne Jeskewitz. Others include Dan Knodl, Randy Melchert and Michael Moscicke. Democrats running include Charlene Brady and Torrey Lauer, both of Germantown. The district encompasses Butler and Germantown, the majority of Menomonee Falls and portions of Richfield. LaSage was raised in Germantown before moving to Menomonee Falls at age 25.

LaSage said he's been involved with the community since his early youth. At age 14, LaSage said he and Barry Karpinski, now his campaign manager, initiated a lock in program for middle school students in order to provide an alternative to drug and alcohol use. The program continues today.

In addition to serving two terms on the school board before deciding in 2004 not to run again in order to focus on establishing his career as a securities and mortgage broker, LaSage has been involved in a number of other ways in the community. Among those activities is working with Leadership Germantown, sitting on the board of the Washington County Republican Party and working part-time as a substitute teacher for the Menomonee Falls School District.

If elected, LaSage said he aims to work toward lowering taxes through reducing wasteful spending and encouraging economic growth.

LaSage said the Legislature needs to go through the budget “page by page” and review each spending item.

“There are things we need to pay for, but there is a lot of waste that needs to be cut out,” LaSage said. “We need to have somebody who's willing to stand up to the special interests and just say no.”

LaSage said that the state should reduce taxes and provide more incentives to grow the economy.

He pointed to the tax breaks the state offers for the movie industry and how that has brought Hollywood productions to the state.

“If it works for the movie industry, it will work for other industries,” LaSage said. “Lower taxes spur growth and it brings jobs to the state; we need to have more people working.”

In addition to his economic positions, LaSage also advocates reworking the school finance formula so districts in his area get a larger percentage of what they send to Madison, supports voter ID, opposes abortion and backs concealed carry.

While LaSage said voters have “a lot of conservative choices” in this election, he believes his lifetime of service to the community sets him apart.

“I've been a lifelong resident of this community, and I've worked for the betterment of the community my entire life,” LaSage said. “I'm not going to let us down; this is my community and I'm going to represent it well.”

See LaSage’s Web site: http://jasonlasage.com/

Milwaukee Notes intends to profile all 24th AD primary candidates. Milwaukee Notes has already profiled Dan Knodl and Randy Melchert.

See the Knodl item: http://milwaukee.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article_ID=9538

See the Melchert item: http://milwaukee.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article_ID=9507


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