To my incredible and generous team of volunteers:
Thank you for believing in me and being with me from the start to the finish. We came up short on votes but came up tall by standing behind our core values. We conducted an honest campaign with hard-earned funds, raised from friends that share the values we fought for and the values that we cherish to keep our rural communities intact and strong for future generations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will continue to work towards those values over many years to come.
With steadfast friendship,
The Cap Times endorses Dick Cates
"Southwest Wisconsin's 51st Assembly District has a chance to send an exceptional representative to Madison....Few current legislators could begin to rival the experience Cates would bring to the Assembly on his first day there. And fewer still could rival his commitment to healing the divisions that have too frequently prevented the Legislature from addressing the needs of Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Sauk and Richland counties." (Read More)
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly support Dick Cates for the 51st Assembly. I have met with Dick on public safety issues affecting our state and feel that he is the right candidate to represent this district. His background in farming, conservation and education issues demonstrates his devotion to our state. I think that he can go into Madison and stay open minded and bipartisan and work with both parties to keep Wisconsin strong.
Kevin Wilkins, Police Chief, Spring Green
51st District Assembly candidate Dick Cates announced that he has received the endorsement of Craig Culver, who praised his character and leadership qualities:
“I first met Dick a number of years ago when he was putting together his annual biking tour ‘Ride to Farm,’ to raise money for educating young farmers. Culver’s also had the pleasure of filming one of our commercials promoting the ButterBurger on Dick and Kim’s farm near Spring Green. I admire Dick Cates. He is truly a gentleman of character who I believe has the charisma, direction, and talent to lead Wisconsin politics to a better place…a place where compromise and listening becomes again the way to get things done.”
Watch the WisconsinEye interview with Dick Cates on support for rural public schools, growing WI ag and more.View video here
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.Read more...
Leopold Conservation Award
Cates Family Farm was honored with the 2013 (Aldo) Leopold Conservation Award by the Sand County Foundation and the WI Farm Bureau Federation. The Cates are proud to have been nominated by the Iowa County Land Conservation Committee.
“When Dick Cates’ father purchased the family’s Iowa County farm in the 1960’s, it consisted of a few small tilled fields and largely unmanaged pastures. Today, it is a model of how to farm in a manner that is good for the business and good for the land.”Read more...