Scott Michalak - D
Remarks: Hi, I'm Scott Michalak. I'm running for the 38th Assembly District.
I have punched a time clock my whole life. I raised five kids on a median income wage, and I know the value of a dollar. Who better to represent you than a working man who knows how hard you have to work to pay your rent, your mortgage, your lights, your heat and your water bill? Your weekly expenses such as the gasoline in your car, to the food in your refrigerator. I know that a loaf of bread is $2, a gallon of milk is $3, and a gallon of gasoline in $4.
As your representative, I will work hard for:
-Tax cuts for businesses based on hiring first. No more Dead give-aways. Tax cuts for businesses that buy 100% American made materials.
-Growing our economy by growing our small businesses.
-A full investment in Education and Green Jobs.
-Investing in Renewable Energy,
-Restoring the Maunesha River,
-Restoring Local Control and Shared Revenues,
-Affordable Health care for everyone,
-Clean Drinking Water for all.
Bio: I was born and raised in Wisconsin and have worked in the private sector since I was 18 years old. My family moved to Texas when I was a teenager, where I lived for about 10 years.
I have an associates degree in economics. In 25+ years of working, I have experienced first-hand the uncertainty of a wavering economy and its effect on working people and their families.
My wife Tara and I live in Marshall. We have two children at home and I have three adult daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons. Tara is a fourth-grade teacher at Marshall Public Schools and a member of her teacher's union.
I am a member of St. Mary of the Nativity Catholic Church in Marshall and the Marshall Lions Club.
In my working life, I have twice been a member of Teamsters Local 695. The first was in 1993-94, when I was working at Land O Lakes in Greenwood, Wisconsin. The second was from 2000-03, when I worked at Dean/Suiza Morningstar Foods in Sun Prairie. That plant closed due to corporate consolidation. That employment was the last time I was a union member.
After Morningstar, I worked at Gardner's Bakery for one year, and then moved on to Soderholm Wholesale Food in Sun Prairie where I have worked since 2004. These are both non-union positions.
Dating back to my first job out of high school, my work experience includes labor and manufacturing, primarily in dairy/food production.
Post-graduation, I went to work at Delta Airlines (non-union) and went to school at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 1992, I moved back to Wisconsin. I worked in a meat packing plant in Edgar (non-union). About a year later in 1993 ConAgra shut the plant down after their wastewater plans were rejected by the DNR.
In 1993, I went to work for Golden Gurnsey Dairy in Wausau. I worked for a SEIU union there for 5 years. In 1998, our union contract came due and Foremost Farms told us we had one year to find new jobs because they were consolidating our work into their two other plants in Waukesha and Ashwaubenon.