Milwaukee- Libertarian candidate Rick Braun is running for Wisconsin’s 14th District State Assembly Seat, which is made up of portions of Brookfield, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. Braun was born and raised in Wauwatosa and currently resides in the Golden Valley Neighborhood of Milwaukee with his wife (Melissa) and their two young children (Iona and Daniel). Braun is running to offer voters a creditable, alternative option on the ballot come November 6th. Braun’s campaign focuses on key areas important to his community including taxes, government spending, debt, and protection of 2nd amendment rights. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga who is running for State Senate.
Motivated by the September 11th attacks Braun enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving for eight years as an Infantry Rifleman. During that time he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also deployed to Niger, as part of the Pan Sahel Initiative, and to Chile, in support of the Partnership of the Americas. During his service he received a Combat Action Ribbon, a Purple Heart for wounds received in action, and a Navy Unit Commendation medal among other awards.
Braun spent many years employed in the warehousing and logistics industry before focusing on his education and drive to return to a position to serve his community and country. Braun is currently serving as the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. Braun earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Political Science both from American Military University.
While gathering signatures for ballot access, Braun spoke with many voters in his district from all professions including educators, first responders, and small business owners. Frequently, Braun was asked his plan for improving education. His response was educators know the needs of students better than a one size fits all government approach. Braun will work to eliminate restrictions to allow educators more freedom to develop a curriculum that best meets the needs of their students. He will seek guidance from educators and work to facilitate a solution from the state level to bring the power back down to the school level. Braun hopes to be a fresh perspective in the state assembly with renewed energy and ideas to strengthen Wisconsin forward.