If you live in the 3rd Assembly District (click here for map), I would be honored to have your vote today for state representative. If I met you at your door, I hope I left you convinced that I’m the best candidate to represent your interests in the state legislature. If I wasn’t able to speak with you, I hope you were able to read these candidate survey responses in the Post-Crescent, or this endorsement of my candidacy by the Post-Crescent editorial board.
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Calumet County Polling Locations (PDF) – (City of Appleton wards 13, 14, 26, 44, 45, 46; Town of Brillion, City of Brillion, Town of Harrison, City of Menasha, Village of Sherwood, Town of Stockbridge, Town of Woodville)
Outagamie County Polling Locations (PDF) – (Town of Buchanan, Village of Combined Locks, Village of Kimberly, Village of Little Chute wards 3, 7, 9, 10, 11)
The Post-Crescent Editorial Board has endorsed my candidacy for 3rd Assembly District representative. Read below for their analysis of this race and their recommendation:
OSWALD HAS MOST TO OFFER 3RD DISTRICT
Kole Oswald is bright, energetic, eager and has good ideas on issues no other legislative candidate in our area is talking about.
A Democrat, he doesn’t largely tout the party line, as many candidates — both Democrats and Republicans — do.
An Appleton Common Council member, he has first-hand knowledge of how what the state Legislature does affects municipal governments like Appleton’s.
A former benefits specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca counties — a state agency that connects people with services — he has a unique insight into the state’s medical assistance programs.
We recommend Oswald to voters in the 3rd Assembly District.
The recommendation isn’t made lightly. The Republican incumbent, Al Ott of Forest Junction, has been in the Assembly for 26 years, representing a heavily Republican district. Oswald faces a difficult challenge to win.
But while Ott has had some legislative achievements in agricultural areas, his record, for someone of his tenure, is thin.
He seems content — content with his standing in the Assembly, content with offering few specifics about his positions on the issues the Legislature faces, content with not offering the breadth of knowledge someone who’s been in office 26 years should have.
Perhaps he’s too content. When asked about not participating in a League of Women Voters forum, he said, “People know my name. They’ve seen what I do, how I operate. … I’m not necessarily afraid to take Kole on. I just am not sure that’s the venue that’s where I’d like to take him on.”
It’s an answer that comes off as, frankly, a little arrogant. And Ott is nothing if not a genial gentleman, which shows that perhaps his political security has made him complacent, particularly in answering to his constituents.
A third candidate, Josh Young of Combined Locks, deserves credit for running an independent campaign but his positions on the issues tended to be thin.
Oswald staked his own position on restoring the earned income and homestead tax credits, correctly depicting them as tax increases in the last budget. He advocated for expanding alternatives to incarceration to reduce the corrections budget. And, not particularly sounding like a Democrat, he said there are ways to reform medical assistance programs to save money, based on his first-hand knowledge of the system.
We urge 3rd District voters to look beyond party labels on their ballots and consider Oswald as the candidate who will best serve them.”
Link to original article (10/30/2012):
A spirited and cordial debate for 3rd Assembly District candidates was held Monday by the League of Women Voters, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. The questions were wide-ranging and I did my best to be specific in my responses.
The incumbent, Rep. Al Ott, failed to show up. He was given every opportunity by the League of Women Voters to pick a date that worked for him. By refusing to come and be heard on the issues, he spoke volumes about his regard for 3rd District voters.
I thank the League of Women Voters for moderating the event, I thank those in attendance for their thoughtful questions, and I thank independent candidate Josh Young for a civil debate.
For the original Post-Crescent story about Rep. Ott refusing to participate in this debate, click here.
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Today, Tuesday August 14, 2012 is the partisan primary for county, state, and federal offices in Wisconsin. My name will appear on the Democratic Party ticket, on the ballots of 3rd Assembly District voters. Though I do not have an opponent in today’s primary election, I’d be honored to have your vote!
Not sure where your polling location is? Visit our state’s “Voter Public Access” page at https://vpa.wi.gov. You can type in your address to learn your polling location, your voter registration status, and view a sample ballot.
Another great resource is http://wisconsinvote.org. This website has information about the candidates on today’s ballot for state and federal races, and a directory for municipal and county clerk contact information.
Polls are open from 7am – 8pm.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kole Oswald
OSWALD ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR 3RD ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
APPLETON, WI— June 1, 2012
Kole Oswald announced his candidacy for the Wisconsin State Assembly today. Oswald, an alderman on the Appleton City Council, will run as a Democrat in the 3rd Assembly District. He submitted nomination paperwork yesterday to the Government Accountability Board in Madison.
Oswald is currently serving his second term as alderman for a south-side district on the Appleton City Council. He was elected to his first term with 74% of the vote and ran unopposed for his second term. He worked most recently at the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca counties, helping county residents with their Social Security and Medicare benefits. Since 2010, Oswald has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Appleton Bilingual School, a public charter school.
“I’m running to give voters the opportunity to elect a new voice who will work hard for them both here and in Madison. My professional background, service on city council, and experience managing the board of a successful charter school have prepared me to hit the ground running in the State Assembly.”
Oswald was raised in Appleton by a Little Chute public school teacher and a Menasha paper mill engineer. He is a graduate of UW-Madison.
The 3rd Assembly District includes Kimberly, Darboy, Combined Locks, Sherwood, Stockbridge, Brillion, Woodville, Forest Junction, and sections of Little Chute, Appleton, and Menasha.
For more information please visit www.oswaldforassembly.com or the Facebook page “Oswald for Assembly.”
Welcome to the official website of my campaign!
My name is Kole Oswald, and I’m running for Wisconsin State Assembly, 3rd District.
On my website, you can find a map of District 3, make a financial contribution to my campaign, read the latest news and press releases about my candidacy, connect to my campaign’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and sign up for e-mail updates.
See you on the campaign trail!