Assembly District 88 – Kristin Lyerly

Who I am

My Mom’s parents were dairy farmers near Fond du Lac, back when family farms were a way of life in Wisconsin. My uncle still owns the farm to this day, although the cows are long gone. My Dad was a foreman in the tool and die industry in Kaukauna, until that moved out of town. His entire family worked at the paper mill. Their dream for me and my sister, a bank teller in Oshkosh, was to go to college, and they fought to get us there. I graduated from the University of Minnesota and then came home to the University of Wisconsin for medical school and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health along the way, as well as a student loan debt burden that I am still paying off to this day. As a physician, I have the privilege of listening to my patients every day and helping them find solutions to complicated, individualized problems. These experiences fuel my work in healthcare advocacy, which lends itself naturally to a broader role in leadership, especially when healthcare is again at the forefront. My passion for ensuring healthy communities, bolstered by leadership roles within my hospital and professional organizations and experience as a small business owner give me a unique perspective that is sorely missing in our Legislature. The voice of medicine is currently not present within the body that determines much of what happens in your own exam room, and that doesn’t make any sense at all. I will bring that voice and amplify your stories, working with you to solve those problems that hit closest to home. I also care deeply and personally about our public education system. My four sons have always attended public schools, and I couldn’t be more proud of my oldest, who is studying to become a music teacher in elementary education at UW Stevens Point. When we talk about issues at home, climate change is one of our greatest mutual concerns, although the conversation often drifts to the brazen, unacceptable behavior that continues to divide our communities and prevent us from moving forward together. We need to get beyond partisan politics to strengthen our communities by building relationships and bridging divides.

Why I am Running

Politics as usual is not working for us, and we are desperate for change. The COVID pandemic has only sharpened our need for responsive and responsible leadership. Our communities deserve leaders who listen, leaders who understand us, and leaders who don’t put our lives on the line so we can exercise the most basic of our constitutional duties – the right to vote. As a physician with a long history of healthcare advocacy, I am that leader.

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