Bob Gannon, managing partner of Richards Insurance of West Bend, has announced his candidacy for the 58th Assembly District seat that has been held for the last 12 years by Pat Strachota, who won’t seek reelection.
Gannon said he spoke with Strachota “and made phone calls to other representatives ... and found the position will work with my business and my family calendar.
“I have a passion for politics,” Gannon added. “I have always been very interested in politics and policy.” Gannon said he has never sought political office before but feels the time is right for a run.
“I believe Madison should be run more efficiently,” he said. “In business, we can’t just raise our prices because we want to spend more. If we did that, we wouldn’t have many customers, and Madison needs to operate under the same idea.”
Gannon said there are a number of ways that state government could be more efficient, such as “the Serigraph Solution for health care,” referring to the innovations in health care as chronicled by company chairman John Torinus Jr. in “The Company That Solved Health Care.”
Gannon said the state should consider using employee health accounts or self-insuring as ways to curb the high cost of providing health care to its employees.
In addition to being a business owner, Gannon is involved in the West Bend community. He is the president- elect of the West Bend Economic Development Corporation, a past president and and board officer of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, the West Bend Sunrise Rotary, West Bend Jaycees and the West Bend Youth Hockey Association.
As president of Family Promise of Washington County, and board member for the United Way of Washington County and campaign co-chairman for the Homelessness to Housing Capital Campaign, social issues are a concern for Gannon.
“I believe that our system of entitlements are rife with fraud and abuse and at times, our safety net structure for those most at risk are designed more for the benefit of the provider than for the people most in need,” Gannon said.
He said solutions to social issues can be found by “empowering local community agencies, including faith-based organizations, and allowing them to run their programs were those being assisted are being held accountable for their actions.”
Gannon said his website, www.gannonforassembly. com will be available in the next few weeks. His campaign email is gannon firstname.lastname@example.org.