Kupsik to run for 32nd District state Assembly seat
LAKE GENEVA—Democrat Alan Kupsik has announced plans to seek the state Assembly's 32nd District seat.
The 32nd District includes Kenosha, Racine and parts of Walworth County.
Kupsik is running against State Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, and Doug Harrod, D-Genoa City, according to the state Government Accountability Board.
Kupsik, 59, is in his second term as Lake Geneva alderman and served four years as a Walworth County Board supervisor.
Kupsik also is in his third year as Lake Geneva City Council president, is mayor pro tem and chairs the personnel committee. In the past 15 years, he has been involved in a number of committees and boards such as the plan commission; finance, license and regulation committee; tree board; public works; park board; YMCA board, and economic development corporation board.
Kupsik, a native of Chicago, graduated with an associate degree from Triton College in River Grove, Ill., in the mid-1980s, he said.
Kupsik moved to Lake Geneva 21 years ago, and he is a general contractor who runs his company, Correct Consulting, in Lake Geneva. He has been in the construction business for 38 years, he said.
Kupsik said is running because he feels representatives aren't doing as good a job as he could in creating tourism and jobs. He said he also wants to give back to the community.
“I just felt that our district wasn't being well represented and I have a few good years left in me," he said. "I thought I would take a stab at the position. Using my knowledge and background that I have I will hopefully do a little better job than the person that's in there now.”
Kupsik's campaign will focus on economic development, job creation, tourism and liquor licenses.
Kupsik wants an increase in liquor licenses allowed in area communities and more emphasis on tourism.
Kupsik said Lake Geneva lost potential business because the city didn't have enough liquor licenses. That, in turn, costs jobs, money, and to some extent tourism, he said.
“It all works together, when you sit down and listen to it. Liquor license, economic development, jobs, and tourism—all four work together really well,” Kupsik said.
The alderman also wants to bring teamwork to Madison, not partisanship.
While gathering signatures for his nomination papers, Kupsik said people wanted less emphasis on a candidate's political affiliation.
“Just because you're a Republican or a Democrat doesn't mean you can't work together toward one cause,” he said.
August, who was elected in Sept. 2013, announced his intent to seek re-election in April. He serves as Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore.
Declarations of candidacy are due to the GAB by 5 p.m. Monday.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 12, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.