State Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, is running for re-election in the 70th Assembly District.

VanderMeer, who owns a Tomah auto business, is seeking her second term. She said her first-term accomplishments include “expanding access to medical care in rural areas, increasing worker training, investing in education, protecting taxpayer dollars and caring for veterans.”

“It’s been such an honor to serve in the Assembly and develop legislation that makes a difference in Wisconsin,” VanderMeer said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done for families, business owners and veterans, and I’m excited to continue this important work.”

VanderMeer was the lead author on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact that expedites the licensure process so doctors can practice in multiple states. She said the new law will increase access to medical care in rural and underserved areas.

“We’ve also focused on mental health care reforms, which I would like to continue to address next session,” VanderMeer said. “Mental health is one of the top concerns in our area that I often hear about from community leaders and constituents.”

VanderMeer served on the Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform as well as five other committees. She also was the vice-chair of the Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. She helped create a new veterans employment and entrepreneurship grant program.

“I’m also proud of the law that I authored allowing community leaders to become volunteer coaches or club supervisors in schools,” VanderMeer said. “This was common sense legislation that benefits students and provides them with more extracurricular opportunities.”

VanderMeer and her husband live on their family farm in Tarr Valley. She ran unsuccessfully for legislature in 2012 against Democratic incumbent Amy Sue Vruwink before defeating Vruwink in a 2014 rematch.

No other candidates have announced for the seat, which includes portions of Monroe, Jackson, Portage and Wood counties. The primary is Aug. 9, and the general election is Nov. 8.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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