Pledging to stand for us, Nancy Nusbaum declares for Wisconsin state Senate

May 16, 2011

DEPERE – Local leader and community advocate Nancy Nusbaum today announced her candidacy for the 2nd Senate District recall election this summer, pledging to fight for jobs, restore common sense leadership and stand up for the middle class, working families and seniors. 

“People across our communities are frustrated with the extreme, divisive agenda that has been unleashed upon Wisconsin without any warning, and by career politicians who put the party bosses and special interests ahead of the people they are supposed to represent,” said Nusbaum. “I’m running to be your state senator to stand up to these radical policies, fight for our shared values, and to provide the leadership that Sen. Cowles is failing to deliver.” 

Last month, approximately 26,000 residents signed petitions to recall state Senator Robert Cowles, a 25-year career politician who put the radical agenda of his party bosses ahead of the people he represents. From taking away worker rights, to backing a dangerous budget that hurts local governments and slashes key priorities, to supporting corporate tax giveaways and special interest favors, Cowles has turned his back on the constituents he is supposed to serve. 

“Sen. Cowles and his political buddies at the Capitol never told us they would gut education, take away worker rights, and raise taxes on working people and seniors, while giving tax breaks to the rich and to corporations,” said Nancy. “We need to bring change to Madison now before they do anymore damage to the values we know are so important. And we need a state senator who will always put the people first.” 

Nusbaum served as Mayor of DePere and Brown County Executive. The first in her family to graduate college, Nancy understands the problems people face and is not tied to any party line. As Mayor of DePere, she helped create over 1,800 new jobs and cut city taxes 29 percent. As Brown County Executive, Nancy cut tax rates and spearheaded the building of the Resch Center, the Convention Center and the Fox River Trail. Nancy also served as Director of Crime Victim Services for Wisconsin, where she has led the fight to protect abused children and stood up for victims of rape, domestic abuse and other crimes. Nancy and her husband John, a Vietnam veteran, live in DePere.