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Frank Buress, a U.S. Army veteran, anti-opioid crusader and community activist, has announced his intention to run for Wisconsin’s 41st Assembly District which covers most of Marquette, Adams and Green Lake counties as well as the communities of Ripon, Lake Delton and Wisconsin Dells.

Buress serves on the board of directors of Marquette County’s Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth (a prevention coalition affiliated with the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth) and is co-chairman of its Policy Committee on Substance Abuse. He also serves on the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Committee and both its Opioid Advisory Group and its Workgroup on Workplace Substance Abuse.

Buress also is the state chairman of Safe Access Wisconsin, which advocates for access to medical cannabis upon the recommendation of a physician. 

Buress is retired. His campaign priorities include:

  • Making state funding of public education a priority and reducing the need for repetitive local property tax referendums. 
  • Eliminating the flow of dark money into the political process in Wisconsin. State politicians should not be for sale.
  • Supporting term limits for Wisconsin legislators. 
  • Restoring local control to local government. 
  • Joining 30 other states in approving a medical cannabis law designed to provide relief to those who need it. 
  • Aggressively pursuing the testing of all (6,000-plus) unprocessed rape kits to identify rapists and get them off of the street. There is no excuse for further delays.
  • Addressing the problems of declining and aging populations and the increasing poverty levels in Wisconsin’s rural counties. 
  • Insuring that all have access to quality and affordable health care, including mental health and addiction services.
  • Expanding rural broadband coverage to help attract quality employers that will pay a living wage in district communities.
  • Preserving what is left of Wisconsin wetlands.