Brookfield, Wis. – With voters preparing for one of the most pivotal elections in years, longtime local leader Thomas Schellinger announced today that he is seeking the Republican nomination for the 98th Assembly District seat.
Schellinger brings a prominent blend of business acumen and elective office experience to the race. His campaign will focus on promoting economic growth, creating jobs and reducing the size and cost of state government, positions that he believes reflect the values of 98th District residents.
“The economic recession has hit the 98th Assembly District as hard as anywhere else, and the situation has been worsened by out-of-control spending and anti-business policies pursued by state government,” Schellinger said. “I will push for real fiscal restraint in Madison and measures that encourage businesses to grow and create jobs, which is the only way to pull our economy out of this downturn.”
Schellinger, a city of Brookfield resident, will outline details of his campaign proposals in the coming weeks. He is already visiting residents throughout the 98th Assembly District to hear their ideas and concerns, a journey that began months ago with collecting nomination signatures. The legislative district is comprised of the city and village of Pewaukee, town of Brookfield, and large sections of the city of Brookfield and town of Lisbon.
Schellinger has represented area residents on the Waukesha County Board since 2006, where he has focused on a range of issues including labor relations, transportation, natural resources management, and health and social services. He served on the Brookfield Common Council from 2000 to 2006.
“I am proud to have served in leadership for two local governments that hold AAA+ bond ratings, a reflection of sound management and prudent fiscal practices,” Schellinger said. “My experience in public policy and overseeing budgets will help the Legislature and new Governor address the serious financial problems facing our state. Above all, we must stop the new spending programs, reckless borrowing and tax increases that drive businesses and residents away.”
Schellinger, 57, has more than three decades of business experience. He has worked the past 12 years in sales and marketing for the Zimbrick Corp. A Marquette University graduate, he and his wife, Kim, have two children. Both are studying at University of Wisconsin schools.
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