Washington Co., WI – It is easy for political candidates to say they are supportive of public safety efforts to both hold individuals criminally accountable and make victims whole in the criminal justice system. What one does is even more important. Actions confirm intentions more clearly than what individuals simply say in an election year.
Representative Rick Gundrum, who represents citizens in the Wisconsin Assembly District 58, has a proven track record of working closely with law enforcement and advocating for victims’ rights. From my personal experience, this dates to his time on the Washington County Board of supervisors from 2006-2018, and specifically his leadership as the county board chairman in the later years of his county tenure.
One example I can provide in his state level advocacy was for 2021 Assembly Bill 921relating to immunity of an aider in drug overdoes incidents. The Bill sought to clarify Wisconsin’s “Good Samaritan Law” about drug overdose victims after several Washington County families lost loved ones. Current Wisconsin law provides that an aider of someone who is experiencing a drug overdose is immune from prosecution for certain drug offenses if they call 911 or seek medical help. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified an issue with the current law through the investigation of several tragic overdose cases over the past several years. Our office wanted to hold individuals accountable that took undue delay in contacting 911. Representative Rick Gundrum not only listened to our concerns but acted.
Both Representative Rick Gundrum and Senator Duey Strobel invited local victims and sheriff’s office staff to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in Madison to testify.
That is just one example of the legislative action and state support that Representative Rick Gundrum has provided to local law enforcement. He is the clear choice.
Sheriff Martin R. Schulteis
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