Alyson Leahy

WAUSAU, Wis. – Marathon County Board Supervisor Alyson Leahy announced her candidacy today for the Wisconsin State Assembly in the 85th Assembly District.

“As a young working person, I know that the key to a thriving economy is a vibrant workforce,” Leahy said, in a news release issued Friday. “Younger residents of the 85th Assembly District are leaving the area for opportunities elsewhere, which slows our local economy and reduces resources.“

“The job market is competitive right now, and it is growing more apparent that we need to do more to attract young workers and families to the area – a marketing campaign is not enough. We must focus on creating jobs that provide living wages and benefits, so that people can afford to stay in this community.”

A lifelong Wisconsinite and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Leahy moved to Wausau from southwestern Wisconsin with her husband, Chad, in 2010. She currently serves on the Marathon County Board, representing the people of District 11 in Wausau.

Leahy works as a copywriter at Footlocker/Eastbay. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer for The City Pages and within the customer service department at SUN Printing. She is the co-founder of the Wausau Makers Market Co., a non-profit pop-up market that aims to provide space for artists and makers to sell their products, and connect with community members and fellow artists.

“My husband and I are proud to call this district home, and I will represent the people well,” Leahy said. “My background in marketing and communication means I know how to listen, and I am ready to hear from you. I don’t want to be one voice in Madison, but the voice and the values of the whole district. I look forward to meeting and talking with the people of the 85th.”

Contact the candidate and stay informed by visiting alysonforwisconsin.com; details regarding a campaign kickoff party to come.

The seat is currently held by Pat Snyder (R-Schofield), who defeated Democrat Mandy Wright in 2016.

Wisconsin’s 85th Assembly District encompasses the Cities of Wausau and Schofield; the Villages of Hatley, Elderon and Rothschild; and the Townships of Bevent, Easton, Franzen, Norrie, Reid, Ringle and Weston.

If a partisan primary is necessary, that vote will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The fall election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

9 replies on “Alyson Leahy to challenge Snyder for the 85th Assembly District seat”

  1. Help me understand this. She has just run to be the representative of the residents of district 11 as a county supervisor. So now she wants to abandon those same residents and get elected to a job in Madison. She seems to be a little full of herself at present.

    The only reason she was elected was the fact thst her opponent ran such a poor campaign that my golden retriever would have given him a run for his money.

    I was at a neighborhood meeting when she made her pitch. She is a screaming liberal and will take those same misguided values to Madison if elected. And we all know thst Madison had enough of those misguided values already.

    1. It isn’t a logical move so soon after running for county board, but I don’t begrudge her for trying if no other opponents stepped-up. She’ll tie-up Snyder and prevent him from campaigning for others. It’s a catch 22, does the party spend the time, effort and money on a losing proposition in trade for keeping him in his lane? It looks like a strategic plan.

      1. Doug, you are over playing the role of “The Party” in helping any candidate in winning a state level election. You can google the fund raising dollars of both state political parties, and compare them with campaign expenditure reports and then see what the state party does in these races.

      2. Doug, She is running for the 85th District and Pat will have convince the voters that his ideas are better than hers. When the parties recruit candidates, they seek talent or at least a person with a well know name…

        It is not a “catch-22 – a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.”

        This a choice between old conservative ideas versus new views and ” Leahy said. “My background in marketing and communication means I know how to listen, and I am ready to hear from you. I don’t want to be one voice in Madison, but the voice and the values of the whole district. I look forward to meeting and talking with the people of the 85th.”

        I will be watching this race closely. Nothing this year is a forgone conclusion!

        Contact the candidate and stay informed by visiting alysonforwisconsin.com; details regarding a campaign kickoff party to come.

    2. Stan, how does Madison have ANY liberal values in the legislature? The Republican Party has controlled it since Walker walked in. The agenda has swung from normal conservative, to at times very conservative. With the real conflict coming between Walker and Vos, not Democrats and Republicans.

      I get that the right wants to build a narrative, but it is important to at least acknowledge the facts. The facts being that Vos, Schimel, Walker, Jacque, and their crew are running state level politics, and all the departments that they do in fact control. So, I am not sure who you think is a liberal affecting public policy outcomes. Sure, liberals try, but they do not get anything out of committee.

    3. “She has just run to be the representative of the residents of district 11 as a county supervisor.”
      Yep!

      “So now she wants to abandon those same residents and get elected to a job in Madison.”
      Not exactly! This is an opportunity to represent more citizens and make a bigger impact on our state!

      “She seems to be a little full of herself at present.”
      If you mean is she a smart, talented, educated, professional person, then yes!

      If you consider this young woman to be a screaming liberals, that would be a great endorsement… so who exactly are you Stan?

  2. Dino, you are totally correct. What was trying to say, and I did it poorly, was that we already have enough liberal democrats in government in Madison, and even though they are not in the position of control, adding one more to the mix is not a good thing.

    Thanks for calling me on it and giving me a reason to explain my initial comment.

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