Rep. Rob Stafsholt announces candidacy for state senate

Rep. Rob Stafsholt announced he will be running for state senate in Wisconsin's 10th district at Bill's Distributing in Menomonie on Tuesday.

Rep. Rob Stafsholt announced in Menomonie Tuesday that he will run for state Senate in Wisconsin’s 10th District next year, saying he will be focus on the needs of northwestern Wisconsin and not those in Madison and Milwaukee.

“The 10th Senate District isn’t a spot that should be forgotten. It shouldn’t be ignored,” Stafsholt said during his announcement at Bill’s Distributing. “This area has communities filled with people who work hard and have our feet planted firmly on the ground. We don’t have heads in the cloud like the people in Madison do.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Republican made his initial announcement on his family farm in New Richmond. He also had visits in the district to Hudson, Osceola and Grantsburg scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stafsholt has been in the Assembly for the 29th District since his election in 2016. The 10th Senate District covers Menomonie and west to the Wisconsin-Minnesota border and north into Burnett County.

He will look to challenge Sen. Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, who took office after a special election in 2018. Republican Cherie Link from Somerset announced she will also be running for the seat in the upcoming August primary.

Stafsholt said he wants to make sure the voices in the area aren’t ignored. Gov. Tony Evers is “out of touch” when it comes to areas outside of Madison and Milwaukee, Stafsholt said.

He said Evers has pulled back on measures to distribute funds to rural areas regarding roads, schools and mental health.

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Evers “rolled back” on reform implemented during the Walker administration. Evers cut money from a budget proposal that would have given grants to schools to build fabrication laboratories, he said. Money set aside for rural roads was given to Milwaukee transit projects, and funds for locals in emergency mental-health crisis was given to Madison area, Stafsholt said.

“This past winter our newly elected Governor Evers introduced a budget that flies in our face of our vision for how to move this great state forward,” Stafsholt said.

Stafsholt said previous Sen. Sheila Harsdorf put down a blueprint for how to represent the area.

Harsdorf left the seat to become secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She held that office until December of last year. Stafshold said Harsdorf never lost who she was and didn’t compromise on core principles, something he said won’t happen to him.

Stafsholt said he plans to run a positive campaign focused on the issues facing his constituents.

“I will work tirelessly over the next year to earn your trust, your support and your hope,” Stafsholt said. “This isn’t about me, this is about we.”

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"Madison, WI. May 13, 2019 – Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 20 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities.

Governor Evers has declared today as Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin, and to mark the occasion, he and Lt. Governor Barnes, along with WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark R. Hogan and other key state leaders, are visiting eight school districts to present the grants and celebrate their successes."



"Wisconsin has a biennial budget. This means that the state budget usually includes information about how money will be spent for a two-year period, from July of an odd numbered year through June of the next odd-numbered year. For example, the 2019-21 budget runs from July 2019 through June 2021.

In Wisconsin, the Legislature makes most of the decisions about what should be included in the budget, with substantial input from the Governor. The Legislature and Governor, not to mention the two political parties in the Legislature, often have different priorities in terms of how to raise and spend money. This can make for contentious negotiations before the budget is finally enacted."



"Small business owner of residential rental and real estate investment company;

Former co-owner of a salad and food dressings manufacturing and sales company; mortgage loan originator.

Former Member: Erin Prairie Township Planning Commission; Wisconsin Association of Mortgage Brokers; NWTF.

Elected to Assembly since 2016."



Is Stafsholt using dog whistles when he refers to OTHER people in such terms as, "We don’t have heads in the cloud like the people in Madison do" or THOSE people in the "areas ... of Madison and Milwaukee?"

If Stafsholt says he "wants to make sure the voices in the area aren't ignored," why does he continually not respond to constituents in the 29th Assembly District? Maybe Stafsholt only considers certain voices important?

Why should the more populous and more prosperous regions of the state of Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee, be forced to send more of their hard-earned money to the rural areas of Wisconsin's 10th District? Shouldn't "state aid" therefore not be accepted in the 29th Assembly District because the State is likely redistributing wealth from wealthier parts of the state?

Is Stafsholt simply using "Madison" and "Milwaukee" instead of outright calling certain types of people what he may or may not call them off the microphone?

Why are?

Wow, you don't seem to like this guy very much.

Oh, wait. I see. You're using code words and highlighting dog whistles ...

This must be part of your recruiting...

So that means this guy is your preferred candidate.

Oh Question why? Why is it that you support such people?


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Sheila Harsdorf is the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection."


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I wonder why?

Honest mistake? Maybe.

Seems strange though. It always seems that articles with closed comments happen to be on one side of the political spectrum.


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