Gapske running for vacant Assembly seat

Superior School Board member Laura Gapske is launching a campaign for Wisconsin Assembly.

Gapske plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the 73rd District seat. Rep. Nick Milroy, who recently announced plans to retire from the seat after 14 years, is scheduled to attend an event launching Gapske’s campaign on Thursday.

The 73rd District includes all of Douglas County as well as northern Burnett and Washburn counties. If elected, Gapske would be the first woman to hold the seat.

A news release says, "Ms. Gapske says she will be a fresh and passionate voice for our region in Madison. She believes in hard work and fighting for what is right or equitable. It’s clear to her that northern Wisconsin is too often overlooked and underrepresented."

The news release noted that Gapske met with both Democrats and Republicans to seek support for Safe Harbor legislation last fall and said she is optimistic about finding common ground issues if elected.

Gapske has served on the Superior School Board since 2017. She works at Men As Peacemakers as the director of programs and is the owner of LG Principles, LLC, an expert witness and consulting agency for professionals in the child maltreatment field.

Gapske’s formal campaign announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Spirit Room.