By Danielle Kaeding
A Bayfield woman is announcing her run for the 74th District seat being vacated by State Representative Janet Bewley. Danielle Kaeding reports.
Beth Meyers says she knew she wanted to be in politics since her eighth grade civics class. Meyers has served on the Bayfield County Board for the last four years. She says access to affordable education and healthcare are top issues she would like to address if elected. She says she would also work to enhance environmental protections in the state’s iron mining law passed last spring.
“I think we need to strengthen the part of the law that deals with the environment. I think we need to work with the Corps of Engineers out of the federal government and other agencies. Until we can prove that we’re not going to damage the water in this area – we’re not going to deplete the wells of homeowners in that area. We need to step back and take some time to make sure this is the right thing to do.”
Meyers says it doesn’t make sense to construct an open-pit iron mine in the Penokees.
“If we mine the Penokees, we’re shipping that mineral oversees most likely to China. Someday we may need that and we’re going to be buying it back from somebody.”
Meyers says Iron County is in desperate need of jobs with more than 13 percent unemployed.
“I’m not sure that mining is a long-term sustaining economy for that region, and I’m going to try and figure out with my colleagues in the Assembly how we can get real jobs to Iron County and this area that do not deplete the resources.”
Meyers says she has more than 20 years of experience serving the district in the tribal, public and nonprofit sectors. The 74th District seat is being vacated by State Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland. Bewley is running for the seat currently held by State Senator Bob Jauch of Poplar in the 25th Senate District. Meyers announced her run for State Assembly on Monday evening.