Mary Arnold - D
Remarks: Hello, I'm Mary Arnold and I'm running as a Democrat for the open seat in the new 37th Assembly District.
I live in Columbus, my home town, where I serve as the vice-president of the school board.
When elected, I intend to support small businesses and emphasize local control for economic development. I will advocate for our public education system, one of the best in the country.
The ACA has already provided relief to many of our citizens and should be implemented immediately.
I will work to protect our natural resources which provide so much enjoyment to all of us as well as bringing in billions in revenue every year.
During my career as a social worker, I have been both a leader and a team player. I have designed, funded and directed programs in both the public and private sectors.
As an assemblywoman, I will work with all legislators to find common ground on Wisconsin issues. I will listen to everyone and think for myself.
Bio: Mary Arnold is running as a Democrat for the 37th Assembly District which covers parts of Dane, Columbia, Dodge and Jefferson Counties, and includes the cities of Watertown, Waterloo, Columbus, and about half of DeForest. There is no incumbent so this is an open seat. Mary lives in Columbus and serves as Vice-President of the Columbus School Board.
Mary was born and raised in Columbus, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and later obtained her Master of Social Work degree at California State University-Sacramento. She has designed, funded and directed programs that have provided services to pregnant and parenting teens, adolescent drug and alcohol abusers, homeless families, troubled teens, and employee assistance.
Mary returned to Wisconsin to raise her family, settling in Plover in 1990. She worked as a school social worker for the Stevens Point School District for 18 years, and volunteered at a food pantry, tutored elementary students, and served as a Girl Scout leader.
Mary and her husband, Henry St. Maurice, have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of Andrew, who works in a media company in New York City, and Emma, who is an active 12 year-old whom they adopted in China in 2001. Henry is a professor of education at Edgewood College and UW-Stevens Point. They moved back to Columbus in 2009 to live in her childhood home and have enjoyed becoming part of the community. They are involved with the Rotary Club, the Columbus Area Endowment, the Columbus Clubhouse, the School District Facilities Committee and the Columbia County Democratic Party.