Candidate emerges for 73rd Assembly District

Laura Gapske

The soon-to-be-vacant 73rd Assembly seat has at least one declared candidate now, as Superior resident Laura Gapske announced last week that she is seeking to be the first female representative in the Legislative Assembly district currently held by Democrat Nick Milroy. Rep. Milroy recently said he would not be seeking a return, and Gapske announced her candidacy and outlined some of her platform last week in Superior, while also earning the endorsements of Nick Milroy, as well as Superior Mayor Jim Paine, with Douglas County Board supervisor Michael Raunio also in attendance, supporting her announcement. 

Ms. Gapske is running as a Democrat and says she will be “a fresh and passionate voice for the region in Madison,” and said she believes in hard work and fighting for what is right or equitable. “It’s clear that northern Wisconsin is too often overlooked and underrepresented.” 

Gapske lives in Superior and is a single mother of two boys, ages 18 and 12. She is a two-term member of the Superior School District and works as the director of programs at Men As Peacemakers, and is the owner of LG Principles, LLC, where she serves as an expert witness and as a consulting agency for professionals in the child maltreatment field. 

Gapske noted that last fall she met with representatives from both sides of the aisle to seek support for Safe Harbor legislation, regarding human trafficking. “Both Republican and Democratic representatives were receptive and responsive, “ she said, adding that she is optimistic about finding common ground issues to work for her constituents, if elected. 

In her biography, it noted that she has worked in several capacities for over 18 years to end  violence against women and children, in both child mistreatment cases and in domestic violence cases.