Area teen declares candidacy for governorEllsworth native Jared Christiansen, 18, recently announced his candidacy for governor of Wisconsin, joined by Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton on the Democratic side.
Ellsworth native Jared Christiansen, 18, recently announced his candidacy for governor of Wisconsin, joined by Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton on the Democratic side.
“I decided to seek office when Barack Obama in the last election said, ‘get involved in your communities’,” Christiansen said.
He considered running for state assembly but thought he’d try for the higher office instead. He began gathering information in the spring, mainly from the State Elections Board computer web site, he said.
Christiansen must collect between 2,000 and 4,000 signatures to get on the ballot. He’ll also have to file finance papers with the elections board.
He said his campaign theme, “Moving Wisconsin Forward,” aligns with the state motto “Forward.” He’s reaching out to politicians in other districts, believing more bipartisanship is needed.
“I’ll bring in new ideas,” he said, “the older generation is stuck in their own values.”
The governor hopeful scheduled his first campaign speech 10-11 a.m. in the high school auditorium in Turtle Lake this Saturday, Oct. 24. He plans to campaign in big and little towns throughout the state, financing his effort on his own, at least initially. Later, he hopes to collect contributions and will contact legislators for endorsements.
Read more about Christiansen, his candidacy and his views on the issue including health care, education, the state budget and job creation in the Oct. 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.