WAUSAU - Mandy Wright went from middle school teacher to state representative less than a year ago.
But like many elected officials, the Wausau Democrat had to start thinking about her next election almost immediately.
It's part of what can seem like a never-ending cycle for lawmakers.
That's especially true for state representatives.
Their terms last just two years.
Wright will be up for reelection again in November 2014.
Last year, she beat Republican nominee and conservative talk show host Pat Snyder by fewer than 1,000 votes.
Wright expects another tough fight to keep her 85th Assembly District seat.
"I haven't heard yet about a candidate that's running against me, but I would be very surprised if the Republican Party does not work very hard to recruit a good candidate that they think can win in my district," she said.
Wright and Snyder's race was one of the three most expensive Assembly races in the state last year.
She might be gearing up for another expensive fight.
Wright already has raised $21,000 this year for her reelection.
That's far ahead of many others in the legislature.
For example, in our area, Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) raised about $5,000.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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