|12/2/2016 10:32:00 AM|
Barneveld man announces exploratory
committee, aims to run for Governor
|He has climbed Mount Shasta and hiked the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim and back in 48 hours.|
He has written software that is used every day by the Army Corps of Engineers Search and Rescue Team.
He has an eight point plan to make Wisconsin life better.
And, he is announcing an exploratory committee for a run for Governor.
He is Bob Harlow, a 24 year old Barneveld native who has a degree in physics from Stanford University and while in California tested the political waters running for U.S. House to represent the 18th District. He lost to the incumbent.
"I grew up a couple miles outside of Barneveld, Wisconsin," the BHS graduate said. "My dad had a woodworking business when I was a kid, and my mom writes and teaches. I am a third generation Wisconsinite."
Three of his grandparents located here from Iowa and the fourth from Missouri. His parents grew up in Madison, where three of his grandparents were professors at the University.
Harlow played youth football as a lineman, then found his interest in music calling him. He played in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and had his composition called "Yangzi" premiered by the WYSO Philharmonic under the direction of Thomas Buchhauser.
While in high school he started to appreciate the political world and began learning the process.
"My local American Legion post gave me the great opportunity to attend Badger Boys State, were I was selected by the Federalist Party as their Gubernatorial nominee," Harlow said. "In 2008, I campaigned all summer for the Barack Obama campaign and learned how much I love going door to door talking to voters. I also interned for my great State Senator Dale Schultz. The experience stuck with me strongly. To this day, Dale is one of my leading role models."
Harlow is not one to sit around and his mind is working constantly.
"When I was a senior at Stanford, the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing filed a provisional patent on my invention to create a new programmable micro-technology for mixing chemical and biological reactants with the goal of creating a "personal computer" equivalent of the huge machines that are currently used in research, drug discovery and drug manufacturing," he said. "And, with the mission to empower individuals with the same scientific tinkering and drug manufacturing capabilities that are currently restricted to big companies."
He feels his background has allowed him to be in a position to help make Wisconsin better.
"Through those, and many more experiences, I want to bring an innovative management style to the Governor's mansion," he said. "A culture that hires smart people with an innovative mindset, puts new ideas to the test, and constantly iterates on systems to make them better. Because we need change in the Governor's mansion. Wisconsin is falling behind with the old, stale ideas of our current politics. The people of Wisconsin deserve better. You deserve a government that is just as smart and innovative as you are."
Following is his eight point plan:
1. Create 10,000 jobs in four years through record investment in Wisconsin's infrastructure
"Wisconsinites deserve better than record unemployment, crumbling roads, and slow internet.
"That's why I will create 10,000 jobs in my first term through investment in Wisconsin's highways and internet infrastructure, and through these investments, improve standard of living for every Wisconsinite."
2. Implement a public health insurance option for the state of Wisconsin.
"I know how expensive health insurance is. That's why I will create a public health insurance option for the state of Wisconsin that will compete with private insurers and keep them honest. Because this public option is not profit driven, it will provide better coverage at a lower cost. And like any other health insurance plan, you will not be charged a dime unless you decide to purchase it.
3. Repeal Scott Walker's legislation that banned unionized workplaces.
"I support unions. Throughout American history, unions have been successful in getting hardworking Americans better pay and in protecting our rights in the workplace. That's why the first thing I will do as Governor is repeal Scott Walker's legislation that banned unionized workplaces."
4. Create a new broadband internet provider owned by Wisconsin's taxpayers and offer 1 GB fiber up and down to every Wisconsin municipality within eight years
"I know how frustrating it is to pay 'Cadillac' prices for internet that is slow and unreliable, especially while private internet providers make a killing because there is so little competition.
"The truth is that the telecom industry is one of the most corrupt industries in America. For decades, internet providers have pocketed generous subsidies from the federal government and made huge profits. A case in point is the current Republican plan to build a token amount of new broadband infrastructure in the state of Wisconsin. They are awarding 'competitive grants' to reimburse telecom companies for construction costs. What that means is Wisconsin taxpayers are flat out paying for these companies infrastructure investment with no strings attached so that the telecom companies can turn around and charge us Wisconsin taxpayers to use the very internet infrastructure that we payed to build. That would be like if the state of Wisconsin built a highway from Madison to Green Bay and then gave it away for free to a friend of the Governor to be used as a toll road. America's highways helped make America an economic superpower. Internet is the highway of the future. That's why I will create a broadband internet provider owned by Wisconsin's taxpayers that will offer 1Gb fiber up and down in every WI municipality within eight years."
5. Immediately restore the right of public employees to bargain collectively
"I support our teachers and public employees, and I will immediately restore the right of public employees to bargain collectively."
6. Veto all new pipeline and mining proposals
"I love and respect our beautiful state and I know you do too. I also know that when we damage our natural wealth by building pipelines and strip mines, the state of Wisconsin seldom sees an uptick in jobs or any other economic benefit to justify doing so. That's why I will veto all new pipeline and mining proposals."
7. Test drinking water annually and pass legislation that gives the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is detected
"I will ensure that every Wisconsin resident has clean drinking water by implementing annual tests for heavy metals, petrol-chemicals, and dangerous bacteria for all Wisconsin wells and utilities and by passing legislation that grants the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is discovered."
8. Make sure every school in Wisconsin is funded at or above the national per-pupil average
."I believe that every Wisconsin kid deserves the opportunity to realize his or her God-given potential. That's why I will make sure that every school in Wisconsin is funded at or above the national per-pupil average."
Harlow has also announced his web page can be found at www.bobharlow.net.
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