The Upper Saint Croix Valley League of Women Voters hosted a forum last night at the Unity School Auditorium in Balsam Lake for the three candidates for State Senate in Wisconsin’s Tenth Senate District. The three candidates were in attendance; each briefly introduced themselves to the approximately 75 persons in attendance, and then took turns answering sixteen questions. The candidates are Patty Schachtner of Somerset, a Democrat; Brian Corriea of Wilson, a Libertarian; and Adam Jarchow of Balsam Lake, a Republican. The election will be held on Tuesday, January 16th. Here are some highlights from the presentation.
Jarchow said he is working for a reasonable tax and regulatory climate go grow and sustain small businesses; Corriea seeks a free market economy and free choice for individuals. Schachtner is interested in funding the social side of government.
Schachtner said meth is District Ten’s biggest problem and treatment does work. Jarchow called for a multi-pronged approach to the meth problem, including treatment courts but prison terms for repeat offenders.
Schachtner stated that the state should not tell local people how to regulate zoning issues because local people can work for consensus and consider individual situations; Corriea said the state should never supersede local control; and Jarchow usually prefers local control but said that sometimes a state rule is needed to protect property rights, especially so people can repair their property.
On the education system, Corriea supports vouchers and noted that a free market education would bring about innovation. Schachtner said that Act Ten villianized the teacher occupation, that the state budget spends less on education now than it did in the year 2010, and that the state should invest in the schools. Jarchow said that K-12 education is the largest investment in the state budget and Wisconsin has good ACT-scores and schools.
Corriea decried the FoxConn deal as a gross overreach of government and he would not support it; Schachtner also would not support it; Jarchow voted against FoxConn because it was not the best thing for northwest Wisconsin, but noted that there is competition between states and Wisconsin needs to foster economic development.
Jarchow supports the voter ID requirement and said that the legislative districts should be decided by the elected representatives of the people, not by bureaucrats. Corriea opposes voter ID laws and central authority in general; Schachtner said that the voter ID law prevents some senior citizens in institutions from voting.
To fund infrastructure improvements, Corriea would let private industry build roads, with the government limited to planning where a road should be built. Schachtner thinks the state should raise the alcohol tax to pay for infrastructure as well as addiction treatment. Jarchow said Wisconsin has no revenue problem for infrastructure but a spending problem, especially in southeast Wisconsin; and that our transportation budget priority should be to repair the town and county roads that already exist.
All of the candidates favor environmental protection in general.
Jarchow and Corriea support the second amendment of the US constitution to bear arms; Schachtner described gun ownership as a privilege and noted that certain persons, such as those suffering mental illness, should not have guns.