Who I am and why I’m running I’m Dick Cates, and my family and I live in the Wyoming Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin. I’m a farmer, small business owner, agricultural science and business instructor….and citizen. The best thing in my life happened in 1974 when I met my best-friend-to-be, Kim Johnson. We married a couple of years later and were blessed with three children, Shannon 31, Eric 28, and Peter (who we lost in 1994, at 71/2 years old, to childhood leukemia).

I want to run for the Wisconsin legislature because I cherish our representative, democratic tradition. It’s a dignified form of government, if done right, because at the heart of it we the people set our own sail. Our country is the longest standing republic on earth, and the freedoms and progress we’ve made as a civilization have been hard won. But it feels at times to me that we’ve lost our way. The strong partisan and often angry dialogue that dominates our hallowed halls in Madison and Washington doesn’t serve us well.

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