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Future state treasurer finds responsibilities not addressed in years

Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 09:53:43-05

MADISON - Starting next month, there will be a lot of new faces in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

One of them, is a 37-year-old businesswoman, who just won her first race for political office.

Sarah Godlewski shows us the glass necklace her husband gave her when she first announced she was running for state treasurer, "It's supposed to be the glass ceiling that was his gift to me the lets break the glass ceiling."

The daughter of two La Crosse teachers started up a company that helps finance small businesses.

"I couldn't pay for my college by myself and so trying to get a loan for a business on top of that is really challenging," said Godlewski.

She got her feet wet in politics last spring, when she saw an effort to remove the State Treasurer's Office.

"I'm concerned as somebody who's been in finance my entire career that we might be making a huge mistake," said Godlewski.

She traveled across Wisconsin to defeat a state-wide referendum to eliminate the treasurer's office. Back in April, 62-percent of voters sided with her to keep it.

Current state treasurer Matt Adamczyk ran on the platform to remove the position altogether. Earlier this year, we spoke to him about the office's future, "The main duty I have is serving on that Board of Commissioners of Public Lands."

"No," said Godlewski, "We have a memo from the Legislative Reference Bureau that identifies 16 responsibilities that the State Treasurer should be doing."

Some of which, Godlewski is still working to figure out.

"We've been doing a lot of research and investigating and I've been feeling like a full-time Nancy Drew. I think there's a lot of things we haven't been doing and that worries me with the financial health of this state," said Godlewski.

Godlewski will be sworn in January 7.