Nov. 1, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Within moments of Gov. Scott Walker calling for a special election to fill the vacant seat in the 58th Assembly District, local businessman Steven J. Stanek announced his candidacy for the Wisconsin State Legislature.
Governor Walker called a special election to fill the 58th Assembly District seat after Rep. Bob Gannon passed away unexpectedly last month.
Stanek, a Republican from West Bend, said he became motivated to run after meeting with residents, business leaders, and community leaders throughout Washington County.
“I will fight hard for fiscal responsibility and a smarter, leaner government like the previous representatives of this district,” said Stanek. “I am eager to continue the legacy of strong, trustworthy, conservative leadership.”
Stanek said he will emphasize “active leadership and accountability” to guide his priorities in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Stanek said he will focus on several issues including “protecting taxpayer dollars, job growth, regulatory reform and public safety.”
“I am prepared to engage on ideas and opportunities that are fiscally responsible and respect taxpayer dollars,” Stanek said. “We need to encourage and empower job creators to accelerate manufacturing growth while lowering our tax and regulatory burdens.”
In addition to his commitment to fiscal responsibility, Stanek said he is “ready to work on initiatives that support public safety, especially law enforcement efforts to control the spread of crime and the magnified heroin situation in our communities.”
Stanek and his wife, Linda, live in West Bend where they are raising three teenage children. As a business owner Stanek has experience in budgeting, negotiation, finance, compromise, and leadership.
Stanek’s current and past community service includes West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club Board, Holy Angels Parish Council, Holy Angels School Board Liaison, City of West Bend Value Task Force, Kettle Moraine YMCA youth athletics volunteer, Slinger Gridiron Football Club board member, Slinger Hoops Youth Basketball Coach, founding member of the Washington County Kings Baseball Club, West Bend Little League Coach, Washington County Boys and Girls Club Basketball Coach, West Bend East High School Assistant JV Basketball Coach, and West Bend RUSH Lacrosse Board Member.
Assembly District 58 includes the city of West Bend, the village of Slinger, and the village of Richfield in Washington County.
The special election has been set for Jan. 16, 2018. If a primary election is needed it will be Dec. 19, 2017.