A Somerset business owner announced she will seek to challenge Sen. Patty Schachtner for the 10th Senate District seat in 2020.
Republican Cherie Link, owner of My Happy Place, a retail store with locations in Somerset and Prescott, said she is running as a pro-business candidate and tax advocate.
“I will advocate for pro-growth tax policies to achieve economic success while working to provide relief to all taxpayers,” Link said Friday in a news release.
Link is the first Republican to launch a 10th Senate District bid for 2020. Schachtner was elected to the seat in a 2018 special election.
The seat had been previously held since 2000 by Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls; she vacated the seat after being appointed to former Gov. Scott Walker’s Cabinet.
Link identified drug abuse and mental health concerns as other issues she would like to tackle as a legislator.
“The drug epidemic and mental health issues are growing all over our district and state, and we need to find solutions, not just talk about the problems,” Link said in the release. “Unfortunately, we have a broken system from the county, judicial, and legislative levels that create policies and make decisions that only perpetuates wasteful spending, and too often, poor results.”
Link and her husband have two children attending University of Wisconsin campuses at River Falls and Stout. The family has lived in the Somerset area for 18 years.