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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Debi Towns, candidate for Assembly District 43

Debi Towns, former State Representative for the 43rd Assembly District plans to seek re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in November 2008.

"Serving the people of this district is a great honor and responsibility," said Towns, who previously served two terms in the 99-member State Assembly.

"I worked very hard for the people of Rock and Walworth Counties during my tenure in office and am proud of what was accomplished," said Towns.

Towns served as the chairperson of the State Assembly's Education Committee. She also served as a member on the Agriculture Committee; Colleges and Universities Committee; and the Education Reform Committee. In addition, she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the State Building Commission.

"Easing the anxiety caused by the high cost of health care, promoting job growth, maintaining great schools, and making higher education accessible and affordable are all priorities for me," said Towns. "Providing excellent constituent services has always been important to me as well, and I look forward to continuing to work hard for the friends and neighbors in the 43rd Assembly District."

Towns, 51, and her husband, Steve, have four grown children and four grandchildren. Together with Steve's family, they own and operate a dairy farm in Rock County's Town of Porter.

Towns served as a member of the Edgerton School Board for eight years. She previously worked as a business manager for the Brodhead School District, and as a finance consultant for the state Department of Public Instruction. In addition, she teaches as an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University.

She received her Master's Degree in public school business management from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and is a 1974 graduate of Edgerton Senior High School.

The 43rd Assembly District consists of the communities of Edgerton, Footville, Milton, Orfordville, and Whitewater, and the towns of Avon, Beloit, Center, Fulton, Janesville, Lima, Milton, Newark, Porter, Plymouth, Rock, Spring Valley, and Whitewater.

During her service, Towns authored numerous bills that were signed into law, including a bill which authorized funding to assist UW-Rock County in initiating a four year cooperative engineering program at the Janesville campus. She was also instrumental in supporting local control of K-12 public schools while pushing for higher academic standards statewide. She has previously been named Legislator of the Year by the School Administrator's Alliance.

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