Neil Kline (R-New Richmond) has announced his candidacy for the 29th Assembly District. Incumbent Rob Stafsholt had previously announced he was seeking election in Wisconsin’s 10th District this fall. Kline is the 3rd person to announce candidacy to fill the seat, along with John Rocco Calabrese (D-Menomonie) and Ryan Sherley (R-New Richmond).
Neil Kline announces his candidacy for the 29th Assembly District
(Press Release) -- Neil Kline, of New Richmond, has announced that he will be running for the Wisconsin State Assembly to represent District 29, which includes portions of St. Croix and Dunn Counties.
“I am truly excited by the opportunity to run to represent the people of the 29th Assembly District,” Neil said. “I was raised in a family that values community involvement, self-improvement, listening with an open mind, and demonstrating respect for others. These characteristics will be core values of my campaign. Should I be given the opportunity to serve, I will fight every day for the people of the 29th Assembly District and western Wisconsin.”
“I also want to recognize and thank Rob Stafsholt for his work representing the 29th Assembly District over the past 4 years,” Neil continued. “He has been a tireless advocate for the 29th, and western Wisconsin is better off as a result of his hard work.”
Neil’s family moved from Somerset to Milltown in 2005. Neil graduated from Unity High School in Balsam Lake in 2014. During his senior year, he took courses at UW-Stout. Neil then attended UW-Madison, graduating in 2018. While there, Neil had the opportunity to work for the university and in state government, including for former State Senator Sheila Harsdorf while she served both in the State Senate and as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). While at DATCP, Neil supported the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0.
Neil announced his campaign with stops in New Richmond at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) and Baldwin at BeWell Health clinic. Both places directly relate to the issues Neil plans to focus on in this campaign: education, jobs and economic development, and healthcare.
“Working on issues that will enhance and secure the economic future of rural Wisconsin are at the forefront of this campaign. This focus is guided by my faith in self-made, hard-working people.”
“WITC and BeWell are both shining examples of innovative and effective efforts to address real needs in the communities they serve,” Neil said. “By giving individuals the training they need to support themselves and their families, employers the skilled talent they need to run a successful business, and the healthcare both need to lead healthy, productive, and happy lives, these two places strengthen communities across the 29th Assembly District.”
“As the son of a teacher, and someone who believes deeply in self-improvement, we must work to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to attain an education that provides rewarding employment and that can support them and their family. This will not only power their own future, but the future of our communities. I believe it is especially important that students make a successful transition between high school and technical college, trades, and apprenticeships. These career paths contribute to a strong economy, and satisfied and productive individuals.”
“I also believe we must continue the important work of ensuring Wisconsin is a business-friendly state. Controlling taxes and regulations are key to this effort. At the same time, we must be sure to look for innovative and effective ways to train and retain talent in Wisconsin. Many businesses are experimenting with new ideas to do exactly this, and I am ready to listen and learn more about this important issue.”
“Healthcare is another critical issue for rural Wisconsin. We must look for innovative and effective ways to ensure access to high-quality care while lowering premiums and costs.
I will always vote to protect pre- existing condition coverage and bans on life-time insurance coverage caps. I will never vote for any legislative proposal which I fear would endanger your access to high-quality healthcare now or in the future.”