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As candidates meet with voters in the run-up to Wisconsin's Aug. 14 primary election, one candidate for governor, Mike McCabe, recently met with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College Democrats to explore the future of good governance in Wisconsin.

There were many good questions posed to the candidate, but one especially caught my attention. McCabe was asked if he were to become the next governor of Wisconsin -- and if there were a poll that seemed to indicate a majority not in favor of achieving tuition-free college-level education for students -- would he still advocate and promote the idea as governor.

McCabe said he would, because investing in educating and skills training for citizens is the right thing to do for Wisconsin. He said that as an elected official, he would be motivated to strive for good governance based on principles that motivated him throughout his life. He said that citizens respect their elected officials who hold faithfully to their principles, even when they may not always poll in the majority.

I think that what we want from our elected officials is servant leadership, oriented by principle and motivated by a desire to serve neighbors to achieve good governance for all.

What we don’t need are lackeys to large campaign donors, and followers of the latest opinion polls and focus groups.

Mark Neumann, La Crosse

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