City council member challenges incumbent for 32nd Assembly District seat
LAKE GENEVA— Two Lake Geneva residents are battling for the 32nd District state Assembly seat.
Alan Kupsik, D-Lake Geneva, is an alderman challenging state Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, who was elected in 2010 to represent the district.
If elected, this would be August's third term. He plans to piggyback on what he considers his successes, including balancing the state budget and cutting taxes three times.
Kupsik wants to address economic development, job creation and tourism.
The 32nd District includes parts of Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.
Q: What role can you as a legislator play in reducing the heroin epidemic?
August: I supported a package of bills targeting heroin which included encouraging communities to develop drug disposal programs, authorizing first responders to carry NARC kits to treat overdoses and increasing treatment and diversion programs. I will continue working with law enforcement to combat this problem.
Kupsik: We must continue to support law enforcement and provide the necessary tools for them to pursue the suppliers and dealers. I also believe that we must continue to educate people and make them aware of the dangers and side effects of using this drug. We must also continue to support rehabilitation programs so that users have help available.
Q: What is your stance in addressing the affordability of healthier food options and why?
August: Food options are personal decisions and government shouldn't tell people what they can or cannot eat. The nanny state mentality from the federal government in this area is concerning. I will continue to work to lower the overall tax burden on families so they can afford whatever foods they choose.
Kupsik: Healthier food options should be available to everyone. Educating people about the alternatives is very important so they understand the nutritional values of healthier food. Healthier food choices should start in the breakfast and lunch programs in schools… The food industry should work to bring the cost of the healthier food products down so everyone can afford them.
Q: Municipalities across the state and country are adopting or contemplating ordinances restricting where incoming sex offenders can live. Restrictions range from 500 to 2,500 feet of where children frequent. What is your position on such ordinances and why?
August: If a local community feels they need to implement an ordinance to keep their children safe, then they should do so. Whether we like it or not, these criminals have to live somewhere. I trust the local communities to do what's right to protect the children in their own neighborhoods.
Kupsik: I believe that municipalities should do whatever is necessary to protect children from sex offenders. If municipalities are obligated to house sex offenders, then it is their responsibility to create ordinances that will protect children and local residents.
Q: What is your stance on legalizing marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use and why?
August: I oppose it. It is currently considered a “Schedule I” illegal drug by the federal government. It's not an issue I hear about when talking with people at their doors. My main focus is on reducing the tax burden and improving our state's job creation climate for private sector businesses.
Kupsik: I have always been against legalizing marijuana for recreational use. I believe that the use of marijuana could lead to the use of other drugs that are more dangerous to one's health… I believe medical marijuana can be useful if controlled properly. If the use of marijuana will ease the pain in a cancer patient or help the healing process for certain illness, then I would support the use and production of medical marijuana.