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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Susan Sommer

Candidate For State Senate 12

Susan Sommer

Candidate Background

Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

PO Box 189
Eagle River, WI 54521

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

Susan is a native of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  She attended Pine Lake grade school, James Williams Junior High School, and graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1978 with honors.  Growing up in Rhinelander gave Susan a deep love and respect for the Northwoods of Wisconsin. 
 
After high school, Susan attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish.  She moved to Milwaukee and later attended Marquette University Law School, obtaining her law degree in 1987.  For 17 years, Susan worked as a prosecuting attorney in Milwaukee and Jefferson counties.
 
In 2004, Susan left her work as an assistant district attorney to join the Americorps program, often called the "domestic Peace Corps," as an assistant construction supervisor with the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Bluffton, South Carolina.  Working with Habitat for Humanity allowed Susan the opportunity to build houses in partnership with God's people in need, not only in South Carolina, but also in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina struck.  Susan and her husband, Tuck Daniels, also led Global Village trips to the South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux reservation and Northern Ireland to build houses with Habitat.
 
Susan and Tuck met through their work and were married in 2005 on the steps of the community center in the Habitat neighborhood they helped build in Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
In Fall 2008, after being away too long from her family and Wisconsin, Susan and Tuck moved home to the Northwoods and settled in Phelps.  Tuck is a master carpenter by profession, and Susan returned to the practice of law.
 
"Northern Wisconsin is my home," Susan explains.  "Even when I lived away, my heart was here.  It is an incredible blessing to live where you can be in community with the land.  Stepping outside on a clear night to find the sky filled with stars, hearing the wind gust in the pines high over head, listening to the call of the loon - to stand in a forest, breathe deeply, and simply be present in the moment - these are the reasons we live here.  The place where your heart is free and at peace, that place is home, and for us, home is the Northwoods."