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Saturday, June 08, 2013

 11:15 AM 

Ashland alder: Pay attention to local government, get involved

Ashland Ald. Kelly Westlund challenged Dem activists to get involved in local government and even run for those offices.

Westlund, who kicked off a segment of speakers the party has dubbed "rising stars," told delegates to look at who represents them in office, from the local level on up. She said they should then ask themselves a simple question: Can you do a better job of making better decisions?

"If that's the case, why aren't you running?" she said.

Westlund, who moved to Wisconsin from South Carolina in the middle of January a decade ago, encouraged women to run, noting studies show they often have to be asked to seek office multiple times before they run. She told young people to quit saying they'll run once they get a little older. And she told them to never forget local offices matter.

"We’ve ignored local offices for far too long, especially in rural Wisconsin, and chances are petty good you're represented by someone who doesn't represent you very well," she said.

-- By JR Ross


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