Hudson resident announces state Assembly candidacy as a Libertarian
Hudson resident Laurie Kroeger said Friday, April 25, that she will run in the fall elections for State Assembly on the Libertarian Party ticket against State Rep. Dean Knudson, also of Hudson.
Kroeger has been a resident of Hudson since 2001. She is a customer service expert with Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis.
"Our state is headed in the wrong direction," said Kroeger. "I know a thing or two about being at the bottom of the ladder and fighting my way up. I bring a pragmatic understanding of how the system works, or rather doesn't."
Kroeger is a 2005 graduate of Century College. She moved to Wisconsin in 2001 to nanny for her recently found brother, Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Burke.
"It's a neat story," says Robert Burke, "My mother was living in Colorado Springs when she got pregnant at 17 and was shipped to Plainfield, Ill., to her new husband’s family.
“Apparently he wasn't my father and so she gave me up for adoption at birth and returned to the Springs.
“In 1999, through the miracle of the Internet, we connected and I went from being the youngest of three to the oldest of five. When I met Laurie I saw a passion to succeed but a lack of stability to get there. She's capable of anything."
Said Kroeger: "Bob has a strong connection and belief in family, even one he didn't grow up in. He was raised in a stable middle class family while our mother struggled for years.
“He and his wife believed in me and their family invested in my future. It's time to support that kind of belief in family.
“When Bob said I need a candidate, I can't show support any better than joining his Wisconsin Liberty Coalition."
When asked what she sees as her top issues, Kroeger said: "I was poor and I was a single mom. This system we think is so great destroys families and discourages personal growth. I believe it's time to change direction.”