Dr. Paul Feit, owner of Dentistry by Design in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st Assembly District seat, currently held by Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay.
Last month Bies said he will not seek another term. Feit is the fourth candidate to declare his candidacy. Terry McNulty, Forestville, and Jon Kruse, Sturgeon Bay, also are running for the Republican nomination. Arnie Johnsrud, Algoma, is the only Democrat to declare so far.
If more than one candidate from either party files completed nomination papers by the June 2 deadline, primary elections will be held Aug. 12. The general election is Nov. 4.
Feit was born and raised near Wausau and currently resides in the town of Gardner in southern Door County. In addition to his regular dental practice, he treats dental patients who otherwise have difficulty receiving dental services in referrals through Ministry Door County Medical Center. Feit also runs a 40-acre cash crop farming operation near his home.
“I have always been passionate about helping people,” Feit said. “That is why I’m in healthcare. With the struggles people are having finding jobs, the recent increase in drug activity in Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties, and the continued struggle to fund our schools, we need a strong leader in the 1st Assembly District. I am that strong leader.
“As your representative, I would support continued tax relief to allow our businesses to grow and hire new people,” he said. “I would work to secure additional funding for our law enforcement to combat the increased drug activity in our counties and as the son of a teacher, and a father of two school-aged children, I would ensure proper funding for education in our district.”
Feit has been married to his wife, Jillian, for 14 years and has a son, Henry, 8, and a daughter, Claire, 6. His family belongs to the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church where he is a trustee on the board. He is also a member of Door County’s Fish Farm and Game Club.
He is also an active member of the Wisconsin Dental Association, has been on its legislative committee and is currently a trustee on its board. He helped expand Ministry’s Dental Clinic, meeting with and giving presentations to legislators and working with Wisconsin’s Medicaid Director to develop a pilot program to divert Medicaid patients with dental emergencies out of the hospital ER and into dental practices for treatment. He also partnered with other organizations, donating care in his dental practice.