WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Wausau School Broad President Tricia Zunker announced her candidacy for the 7th Congressional District at the Eau Claire Dells Monday morning.
“I’m running as a Democrat, but I think we’re more alike than we are different,” Zunker said.
She said she is for medicare for those who want it, and will fight for environmental justice in Washington.
“We need to protect our beautiful environment, lands like these,” she said.
After officially announcing her candidacy surrounded by fellow members of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Zunker headed to Soczka Ginseng, a family-owned farm in Edgar. The owners say they've been hit hard by tariffs.
"I want to do everything that I can to eliminate the struggles they are facing. These tariffs are out of control," she said.
In 2018, Zunker was elected to the Wausau School Board and currently serves as board president.
A news release states, “On the school board, she works hard to ensure that all children receive a good education, regardless of background, economic status, or family circumstances. She is also an advocate for policies that improve staff morale and treat teachers like the professionals they are.”
Tricia went on to law school and became a practicing attorney and law professor. In 2013, she was elected by her People, the Ho-Chunk Nation, to serve as Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court. She was re-elected to that position in 2017.
From her office in Wausau, Tricia teaches remotely as a professor at three institutions: (1) the California School of Law, where she also serves as the Dean of Faculty; (2) University of Maryland’s Legal Studies Program; and (3) Colorado State University’s Global Campus in the Criminal Justice department.