Ron is a lifelong Wisconsin resident, born and raised in north eastern Wisconsin. Ron's father was educated on the GI bill and got ahead the old-fashioned way, by working hard. Ron attended public schools, served in the US Army in Korea, and like his father was able to attend public universities on the GI bill.
Ron founded a law enforcement software company that created 10 good paying, full time jobs. During this time he also worked as a Wisconsin certified police officer.
Ron moved to Manitowoc with his wife Mary, and their three children 17 years ago. Always interested in community affairs, and impressed by the quality of public education in Manitowoc, Ron was concerned to discover the lack of a school lunch program in Manitowoc public schools. He made it his mission to change this. In succeeding at this he was elected to the Manitowoc Public School Board. As president of the school board, he had responsibility for an enterprise with a 65 million annual budget and 600 employees.
Ron serves as the volunteer coordinator of the Manitowoc Community Garden program that makes land available to 100 local families for gardening. This empowers these families to be more self-sufficient, by raising food for themselves, and produce for sale at the Manitowoc farmers market, which contributes to the local economy.
Ron also served on the board of the Manitowoc Hmong Community Center and as president of the Manitowoc Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Ron has always shared the pride that Wisconsin citizens feel about their state's values and great political traditions.
While serving in Korea, Ron had the opportunity to declare residency in any state as a way of avoiding paying state taxes, but chose to remain a Wisconsin resident, and paid his fair share to the state that done so much for him.
The heart of Wisconsin's political traditions has long been a commitment by both political parties to serve the general good of the entire state. Out of this tradition emerged some of the best public education in the country, fairness to everyone in economic opportunity, social justice, and stewardship of the natural environment. These great traditions have depended upon maintaining clean, transparent and responsible government. This has made Wisconsin special in both the mid-west and the nation.
This tradition is now disintegrating. Unrestrained political partisanship, self-serving corporate and special interest expectations, and an electoral system corrupted by unprecedented amounts of dark money has undone the accomplishments of former generations. This unwise departure from what Wisconsin was has resulted in devastating consequences for the general good.
The quality of public education has been severely eroded. Our roads and other infrastructure are deteriorating from neglect. Our ground water is being polluted. Our wages are stagnant, and our businesses are failing and leaving.
Wisconsin's proud and hard-earned stature as an economic leader in science and research has been shamefully ruined. Wisconsin's commitment to democracy has been abandoned.
The road to recovery begins with a commitment to restoring the excellence of public education, the recreation of an economy that works for everyone, and the protection of our environment.