Wisconsin treasurer candidates want to make the office effective again. But how?

Kaump, 45, is a licensed insurance intermediary from Madison who owns two small businesses. With a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin, Kaump has experience working with the state treasurer's office as the director of communications and community outreach and worked as a television journalist for more than 20 years.

A strong supporter and former employee of the office, Kaump said she has been promoting its role as chief banker and investor for almost a decade. She hopes to restore its responsibilities if voters elect her in November.

Among the duties Kaump hopes to bring back are the unclaimed property program, cash management and the Edvest college saving program. Given the investment and financial literacy of the office, Kaump said those duties are best suited for the treasurer. She also would consider contracting with a bank headquartered in Wisconsin instead of Minnesota-based US Bank.

Kaump said she wants to make the treasurer's office work for Wisconsinites again and that her experience and her positive relationships with legislators on both sides of the aisle will help get the office back on track. 

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