Ryan Ferguson

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Ryan Ferguson
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 5
Former Candidate
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Ryan Ferguson was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 5 of the Wisconsin State Assembly.



Campaign themes

Ferguson provided the following list of legislative priorities on his campaign Facebook page:[1]

  • Open and Transparent Government

"Over the last year and a half the public has been cut out of the democratic process like I've never seen before. We've seen bills rushed though with little or no public testimony; or there were public hearing were the peoples' opinions were ignored. The Republicans, including Jim Steineke, all signed secrecy agreements to completely shut out the public. If elected, not only would the public input be important to me, but I would do my best to include the public in the legislative process. Things like monthly informal gatherings or listening sessions would be important to me. Also, if elected I would NEVER sign a secrecy agreement. I find such practices complete unethical and they have no place a democracy."

  • Human rights

"The Republican war on women is completely inexcusable. WI has seen multiple anti-woman laws passed in this past year. Not only have we seen repeal of measures to ensure equal pay for equal work for women (which was co-sponsored by Jim Steineke), we've seen laws that can actually criminalize doctors for doing what is best for THEIR patients. How overbearing has our government become when they are restricting medical care for women?"

  • Workers rights

"Because I am a firm believer in demand side economics, I am a supporter of organized labor, and I feel the right to organize is a good mechanism for workers to earn a good wage and improve working conditions. The income gap in this country has never been wider and I feel a strong middle class is important to a healthy economy."

  • Education

"Being a product of public schools, I believe in them and support them. The public school system accepts everyone and I've seen public schools work for people of all backgrounds, from the academically elite to people with special needs. I also believe we will need a strong, educated work force in the future. Last year we saw the largest cut to education in our state's history."

  • Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoors

"As a hunter, I am a strong supporter of hunting and firearm rights. Wisconsin has a tradition of hunting and outdoor activities that are able to bring family and friends closer together and can be passed down form generation to generation. In order to keep the vast Wisconsin resources pristine, we need to make sure the environment is protected long into the future. That way it can be enjoyed by both humans and animals alike for generations to come."

  • Economic development

"Being a former small business owner, I understand and sympathize with the problems that face new and small businesses. These issues are important to me because being able to own and grow your own business is what American capitalism is all about!"



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Ferguson ran in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 5. He was defeated by Jeff McCabe in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[2] Incumbent Jim Steineke (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff McCabe 60.9% 532
Ryan Ferguson 39.1% 341
Total Votes 873

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