Dana Wachs is a Democratic State Representative from Eau Claire. He is also a candidate for Governor. Wachs was recently appointed to the Walker Administration’s flagship economic development agency, WEDC.
Wachs says his run for Governor is motivated by the fact that we have “no advocate for people in the state of Wisconsin.” He says that cutting education and healthcare spending is not in the interest of people living in the state. Instead, Wachs wants to accept the Medicaid expansion and reinvest in education.
He also says that investing in startups is a crucial part of returning Wisconsin to the people. As a member of WEDC, Wachs is against the Foxconn deal. He says that $3 billion invested in one company is too much money. That money should be invested in startups, he says, a broad base of industry that is grown by Wisconsin people and that would stay here. “We need to have businesses all over the state, not in just one portion of the state.”
Wachs categorizes his campaign as progressive and discusses his long history of working with the Progressive wing. The campaign is focusing on closing gaps in rural areas while running a statewide campaign.
He says that he stands out because he has been an advocate for people in the courtroom for 31 years and is a true Progressive.
Producer Nina Kravinsky caught up with Mr. Wachs just after today’s WEDC Board meeting, where the Foxconn deal was at issue.