Kerkman announces run for 61st Assembly District

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, the Republican who represents the 66th Assembly District, is going to run for the new 61st District Assembly seat, she announced today.

Here is her full campaign announcement:

Samantha Kerkman

State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, 38, announced that she is seeking re- election to the State Assembly. Kerkman is running for her seventh term representing the newly created 61st Assembly District. The district includes the Towns of Brighton, Paris, Randall, Salem, Somers (wards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 11) and the Villages of Bristol, Paddock Lake, Pleasant Prairie, Silver Lake and Twin Lakes. “This past session I fought for the taxpayers of the district by supporting an audit of the Wisconsin Food Shares Program and the Medical Assistance Program, including the FamilyCare Program, while serving as Co-Chair of the Joint Audit Committee,” said Kerkman. “In addition, I am focused on protecting our children’s future by keeping Kenosha County a great place to live and raise a family. I am also committed to honoring our veterans by making sure the services they need are available when they return from duty.” In addition to her duties in Madison, Kerkman remains dedicated to community activities and organizations. She serves on the Kenosha County Local Emergency Management Planning Committee, American Legion Auxiliary Twin Lakes Post 544, the Carthage College Advisory Committee for the Division of Social Sciences, Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association and Kenosha Area Business Alliance and is a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheatland. A lifelong resident of the district, Kerkman and her husband, Chad, are the proud parents of two young boys. “Just like finding the right balance between working and being a mom, balance is the key in getting things done in the Legislature,” explained Kerkman. “Often we must balance different viewpoints, districts, and needs. I still have a lot that I want to accomplish, and that’s why I am running again.” Election to the State Assembly occurs every two years. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th.

While the old 66th District was mostly a Western Kenosha County district (except for parts of Somers), the new 61st District includes eastern municipalities Somers and Pleasant Prairie. State Rep. John Steinbrink, a Democrat who represents the 65th District and lives in Pleasant Prairie where he also is village president, also lives in the new 61st District. He has not made an announcement on his re-election plans.


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