VanderMeer thanks voters for state Assembly vote

Nancy VanderMeer won 70th Assembly district

New representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly Nancy VanderMeer held a local inauguration in her district Tuesday night.

Beginning next year VanderMeer will represent the 70th Assembly District, which includes parts of Monroe, Jackson, Wood and Portage counties.

In her second shot at running for the assembly, VanderMeer beat incumbent Amy Sue Vruwink by more than 1,100 votes.

VanderMeer held an inauguration ceremony Tuesday in her hometown of Tomah as a way to thank her community for their support.

VanderMeer said she wants to focus on growing our economy, job growth and growing small businesses in the state, but the first issue in her sites is the state budget.

“Of course, we’re going to be looking at the budget and we’ve been educated and experienced some of the orientation toward the budget process already. That’s one of the big issues that I would like to be able to be well-informed, make very good decisions on behalf of the people of the 70th District,” she said.

VanderMeer said agriculture and veterans affairs are also two big issues for her, which are also important to fellow Republican Lee Nerison of the 96th Assembly District, who said he looks forward to having another Republican from Western Wisconsin in the Assembly.

“I’m sure we’ll being doing a lot of (agriculture) because we do represent a lot of – probably the most diverse ag areas in the state,” Nerison said.

VanderMeer owns and operates VanderMeer Motor Company in Tomah and lives on her husband’s family farm. She said being a part of small business all her life she understands the important role they play in our state.

VanderMeer will be officially sworn into the Assembly in Madison Monday.