Editor's Note: The following column was submitted to Waukesha Patch by Alderman Aaron Perry, who is seeking election to the state Assembly.
Where I Stand On Issues
Perry Sets Course for Assembly
By Aaron Perry,
Conservative Republican for District 97
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This commentary shares my positions on several issues. It begins a conversation I look forward to continuing with District 97 residents for many years as your next assembly representative. And, it is an indication of what you can expect from me as someone you elect to represent what’s important to you in the state capitol.
Voter ID Reform
The State of Wisconsin recently enacted common sense reform requiring a photo ID to vote and making voting hours equal for all citizens. We are facing a potential overturning of the law by the State Supreme Court. If this happens, we will need to fight once again to pass similar legislation that protects Wisconsin's elections. I will be an active and vocal supporter of such legislation and will work to protect District 97.
As a parent of two young children, I fully understand the need for defending our states' rights when it comes to education. Democrats in our state want to adhere to the federal government's one-size-fits-all model. I vehemently disagree with that approach. Common Core is an issue that we can still control and fight to repeal or significantly weaken.
Act 10 is about providing the freedom for local government to have more control over its school board and budgets. We need to follow the same model that empowers parents and local schools to educate all children the way that is best for them, not the federal government. I will work relentlessly to ensure this opportunity is given the local control that is most effective.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has certainly crippled Americans' freedom in relation to health care. In fact, in a lot of cases, it is not health care at all, but minimal "coverage." Similar to Common Core, the federal government attempts unsuccessfully to implement a one-size-fits-all approach to an issue that is personal and individual. It's disgraceful this is now law.
I support Governor Scott Walker's decision to reject attempts to force Medicaid expansion and support our state's right to implement the law how we see fit. Health care is a financial, personal and important issue that deserves leadership through elected leaders who understand the effects it has on Wisconsin families.
Second Amendment Rights
The State of Wisconsin's proud tradition of hunting and owning a gun is a fundamental right that most citizens have. It's a privilege to live in a country and state that provides this freedom and I fully support our state law of both open and concealed carry of a firearm.
I believe that citizens are the best decision makers when it comes to their own money. Taxes have grown both on the federal and state level over several decades. I applaud Governor Scott Walker for the tax relief packages that have passed under his leadership. Tax rates must remain low to ensure Wisconsin families have the opportunity and means to support themselves. My experience with the budget for the City of Waukesha on the Finance Committee gives me a unique perspective on what our area requires of elected officials’ handling of our budget.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Let’s keep the conversation going at perryforassembly.com. I look forward to hearing your ideas, letting you know where I stand on issues, and what you can expect from me as your next representative for the 97th Assembly District.
About Aaron Perry, Conservative Republican Candidate for Assembly District 97
Alderman Aaron Perry proudly serves the citizens of Waukesha. He’s the only elected official in the race currently serving the people of Wisconsin's 97th Assembly District. And, he’s absolutely committed to public service through honesty, integrity and transparency. District 97 covers the southern half of the City of Waukesha, the southwestern portion of the Town of Waukesha, the southeastern portion of the Town of Genesee, and the northeastern portion of the Town of Mukwonago. Bill Kramer currently represents District 97 and he is not seeking re-election.