My name is Chris Holman, and I am running for Portage County Executive in 2018.
I am running with the intention of ensuring that the office of Portage County Executive represents each and every citizen of Portage County, and as a newcomer to the race who is neither a current member of the county board nor the previous administration, I believe that I am uniquely suited to this task.
I am a farmer, A US Army veteran, and I have a strong reputation of working on a non-partisan basis for family farms in Central Wisconsin and beyond. I also spent nearly a decade as a university lecturer including teaching stints at UW-Madison and UWSP. I am currently on the Wisconsin Farmers Union board and the National Farmers Union board, both of which are non-partisan organizations.
Locally, I spent nearly two years working with a strong committee of fellow farmers and others to update Portage County’s Farmland Preservation Plan. I understand both the nature of bureaucracy and how to run a business, and the position of county executive embodies both of these things.
If I am privileged enough to be elected to this position, I will work diligently to improve county agriculture, increase the capacity of rural Portage County, strengthen local government, develop a balanced budget, and evaluate and re-invent the office of County Executive.