Walworth, Racine, Kenosha Counties: Representative Mark Spreitzer (District-45 Beloit), the Minority Caucus Chair, will be joining Representative David Crowley (District 17, Milwaukee) as a guest speaker at the Campaign Kick-Off Celebration for Dr. Katherine Gaulke at Boxed and Burlap (2935 WI-67, Delavan) June 24th from 4-7pm. Katherine Gaulke, PhD, MHA is running for Assembly District 32 against Tyler August.
As Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WAFCC), Dr. Gaulke worked with Rep. Spreitzer on AB598, a bill to expand the Heath Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP) to the free and charitable clinic entity. The bill passed the Assembly but was not taken up by the Senate this last term.
AB598 would have allowed local District 32 free clinics such as Open Arms (Elkhorn) and HealthCare Network (Waterford/Racine) to hire psychologists to help address the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. Then after three years of service, the psychologist could have applied for up to $50,000 in loan assistance.
According to The Foundation for AIDS Research (amFar), in 2016, there were 531 drug-related deaths in the 1st Congressional District; which is almost half of all drug-related deaths in Wisconsin (1,074). Sadly, the 1st Congressional District ranks #1 in the state for drug-related deaths.
When she gets to Madison, Dr. Katheirne plans to work with Rep. Spreitzer again to make this legislation a reality.
Candidate Gaulke explained, “It is a huge honor to have Rep. Spreitzer speaking at my campaign kick-off. He has been influential in improving the lives of Beloit and Wisconsin residents.”
RSVP today at www.Gaulke4Assembly.com/events.