Name: Ray Boland
Hometown: Sparta, Wis.
Family: Wife Donna, six children, 11 grandchildren
Education: Civilian schooling: Wood County Teachers College; bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Troy State University; master’s degree in communications, Shippensburg, University of Pennsylvania. Military schooling: Wisconsin Military Academy (1964), U.S. Army Flight School (Fixed Wing and Helicopter, 1971), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (1981), U.S. Army War College (1981)
Professional background: Colonel, retired, U.S. Army; public school teacher (1959-1961); garrison commander, Fort McCoy Army Base (1988-1991); secretary, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, (1992-2003); Boland & Associates Consulting (2003-present); active duty leadership commands — deputy director of operations for Forces Command Headquarters, brigade commander, battalion commander and attack helicopter unit commander — Vietnam combat service 1966-1967, 1969-1970
What are the most important issues in your race, and how do you plan to address them?
Balance the federal budget, reduce the national debt and eliminate wasteful spending. Repeal Obamacare, reform the tax code and reform entitlement programs.
How is your experience in the public and private sectors a plus for the job?
I know duty. I have a successful proven record of responsible leadership, applied organization skills, political wisdom, passing personal examinations under fire (civilian and militarily) and unselfish devotion to God and country. I will oppose the business-as-usual culture in Washington. I'm ready to help return our nation to fiscal solvency.