Scottie E. Ard, of New Richmond, has announced that she will seek the 29th Assembly District seat in the Fall Election Nov. 8.
She has served as the District 2 Alderman to the New Richmond City Council since 2010.
Ard will run as a Democrat for the 29th Assembly District which covers areas of St. Croix and Dunn counties, including the municipalities of Menomonie, Glenwood City, Star Prairie, New Richmond, Baldwin, Woodville and Boyceville.
In making her announcement to seek the Assembly seat, Ard said, “Wisconsin had led the way in groundbreaking policies regarding labor, transparency, the environment and economic development; however, in the past years we have seen the erosion and destruction of the very policies that made Wisconsin a trend-setter. Our state motto is ‘FORWARD,’ now is the time to live up to that motto.”
Commenting on local control, Ard said that while state, county and municipal governments must work together to accommodate growth and conserve the environment, the deterioration of local control has left counties, school boards and municipalities at the mercy of statutory language and policies which are ill-suited to the issues faced by Western Wisconsin communities.
Active in state government issues for many years, Ard took that activism further as a member of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Lobby and Rapid Response Teams the last two years. Ard was highlighted in the February issue of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities magazine series “Women in Government.”
Ard brings extensive experience in local, county and state government and currently serves on the New Richmond Library Board, Public Safety, Ethics, Board of Review, Community Development Authority, Emergency Government, Historic Preservation, and the New Richmond Housing Authority, as well as the St. Croix County Ad Hoc Construction and Ad Hoc Construction Public Relations Committee.
Ard has actively served the veterans community as the 2015 VFW State Loyalty Day Parade Director for VFW Post 10818 and Program Director for Stronger Together — Operation Welcome Home “The Moving Wall,” which was presented in September of 2015 in New Richmond.
Ard currently serves on the State Steering Committee for the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War.
Ard is lifelong resident of New Richmond with a St. Croix County family legacy dating to the 1850s.
Ard is a freelance technical/grant writer.
Since former Assemblyman John Murtha announced that he would not seek re-election to the 29th District seat, there have been three Republicans who have announced their candidacies for the position: Rob Stafsholt of New Richmond; Vince Trudell of Hammond; and Jim Palmer of New Richmond. Should all continue their candidacy through the political season, there would need to be a primary for the Republicans. That primary will be held Aug. 9.