Wisconsin holds many hidden treasures. We have the most beautiful, diverse seasons others in the world could only imagine, irreplaceable natural resources, restorations and remnants of historic landmarks that some have long forgotten.
One of those hidden gems is the hemp historic Markesan. The rich hemp history of Markesan is known to Independent Candidate Jay Selthofner. Selthofner recently continued his efforts to re-educate the community on cannabis by visiting the past, in more ways than one.
Running a successful insurance and investment practice requires listening to and solving clients’ concerns and protecting what they care about the most. For almost a decade, Selthofner had been assisting a diverse range of clientele as a Financial Representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. This seems to have given Selthofner an edge in the “natural political market” over the incumbent Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and her Republican challenger in the upcoming primary, Nicholas Quade, who is also from Markesan.
On a recent cannabis campaign canvas of the Friends of Jay Selthofner that included downtown Markesan, the candidate and cannabis was certainly the talk of the town. After the first appearance of the campaign in the Markesan June Dairy Days Parade, support from Markesan has been rolling in.
A subsequent visit with folks suggested that the candidate volunteer to be a “Butter Babe” for the free corn roast at AugustFest in Markesan.
After speaking with Rich Slate, the Mayor of Markesan and learning about the history of the corn roast in the community, Selthofner eagerly volunteered to be a “Butter Babe”. Growing up in , a rural town in Waushara County, Selthofner understands the importance of community supported events. Selthofner stated “Mayor Rich Slate, his mother Joan, community leaders and volunteers who put this event on were great, the event was a huge success. I enjoyed being a ‘butter babe’ and enjoyed the reception from everyone I spoke with.” Selthofner went on to add “It seems my message and letters to the editor have hit home with many residents of Markesan. When we spoke, they mentioned my letters and agree with the need to take a different approach to marijuana.”
Local farmers expressed disappointment that many bills did not pass this year, but Wisconsin State Assembly Bill 206 concerning cultivation of Industrial Cannabis Hemp was one that could have hit close to home in Markesan. Assembly Bill 206 was sponsored by GARTHWAITE, M. WILLIAMS, BALLWEG, BERCEAU, BLACK, GRIGSBY, PARISI, POCAN, POPE−ROBERTS, SOLETSKI, VRUWINK and ZEPNICK, cosponsored by Senators SCHULTZ and TAYLOR, made it through committee, but never was scheduled for a vote and ultimately died in session. With hemp cannabis imports in the hundreds of millions of dollars each year and our economy in shambles, Wisconsin farmers should be competitor and leader in the hemp market. Wisconsin farmers know changing and rotating crops makes sense and cents, but to exclude cannabis hemp, the most versatile crop, well that is leaving Wisconsin farmers disgruntled enough to just start drinking and selling raw milk anyways.
The afternoon’s events were provided free of charge, which is unusual enough in these hard economic times. Selthofner, his family and friends of old and new captured a few moments for you to view on his facebook profile. The Free Corn was roasted on site by Farmer Grahn, candy filled pinata, ice cream, ball tournament, the town saw it all that day, except the other candidates for State Assembly who hail from the the host city. As unusual as it seems, Selthofner may just win this race after all.
To close out the blog in an unusual fashion, we invite you to listen to Russ N’ Ron’s Polka Duo, also to find out more about the upcoming Friends of Jay Selthofner Campaign Concert in Ripon on September 18th and please, remember to hold your balloon properly when taking a photograph.