The holidays are a time to come together with family and friends to enjoy good food and good conversation. Those conversations can provide an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter most to you.

For Wisconsin Democrats, those issues include access to quality, affordable health care, supporting public K-12 education, affordable higher education, creating family supporting jobs and ensuring a clean and healthy environment for future generations to come.

The holidays are also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward to the new year.

More than any other year, 2017 has taught us the power of civic engagement, from the Women’s March in January to sweeping progressive victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama in recent months.

This resurgent civic engagement brings with it hope for 2018. Democrats are looking forward to next year because we are eager to get back to the issues that are important to you, the residents of Wisconsin.

Democrats in Wisconsin have not forgotten that we were elected to be your voice in the Capitol.

That is why I encourage you, now more than ever, to contact your elected officials and share your thoughts on how to move Wisconsin forward. Whether it’s by calling local school board members or contacting your state representative or senator, we want to know which issues are important to you.

I would like to thank everyone that has taken time to make sure their voices were heard over the last year, and I want to wish everyone happy holidays and a wonderful New Year.

Democrat Gary Hebl, Sun Prairie, represents the 46th state Assembly District.

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