10th Senate District Map

Wisconsin's 10th Senate District

Six candidates have raised their hand to represent voters of Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District—the seat vacated by former Senator Sheila Harsdorf. A primary to narrow the field of candidates will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, with the election scheduled for Jan. 16.

Voters must choose one of four ballots on which to cast their vote on December 19: Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Constitution/Green. But in theory, only two ballots matter this month—the republicans and the democrats. 

Voters may select any party ballot regardless of their party affiliation—but only one. That choice has no bearing on the vote they choose to cast in the Jan. 16 election. Whoever has the most votes on each ballot moves forward to January 16.

Several forums featuring all of the candidates will take place between now and December 19. Wisconsin Public Radio’s ‘The West Side’ will feature candidates on their program on Monday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. The program can be heard on 88.3 FM. The League of Women Voters will also host a Candidate Meet and Greet on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Milltown Community Center.


 

Republican Ballot

 

Adam Jarchow—Balsam Lake, Wis.

 

Please share a little bit about your personal background (50 words or less): 

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Adam Jarchow—Balsam Lake, Wis.

“I live near Balsam Lake with my wife, Barbara, and our four-year-old twins Bo and Megan. I am a business attorney, small business owner, and a volunteer firefighter in Apple River. In my free time I like to hunt, go water skiing, and spend time with family.” 

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them? (200 words or less)

“First, the size and scope of government is growing too rapidly. On top of this, Northwestern Wisconsin doesn’t seem to be benefiting as much as other parts of the state. More government is never the answer and throwing money at a problem hardly ever solves it. If elected, I will continue to only vote in favor of bills that will genuinely help our part of the state and will not be a rubberstamp for Southeastern Wisconsin. I will also fight to see more of the tax money we send to Madison come back home.

“Second, our traditions and way of life are continually being eroded. I will continue to be a strong pro-life advocate and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment in Madison. I authored the “Right to Hunt” Act last session and will continue to support sportsmen. I also authored the “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights” and will be a solid supporter of individual property rights. The government should not tell us how to live our lives and I will stand up for us in the State Senate.”

Why are you interested in representing District 10? (50 words or less)

“Our District needs a strong voice to stand up for Northwestern Wisconsin and someone to get things done in Madison. People are tired of do-nothing politicians. During my time in the legislature I have delivered on my promises and will continue pushing for reforms and results in the State Senate.” 

 

Shannon Zimmerman—River Falls, Wis.

 

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Shannon Zimmerman—River Falls, Wis.

“I grew up in Augusta. My wife and I became parents early, and entrepeneurs at 24 years old. That River Falls company has become one of the largest area employers with offices in five countries. I have two adult sons and four grandchildren that also call this area home.” 

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them? (200 words or less) (Editor’s note: This submission has been edited for length)

“The top focus of mine is Economic Development. This is a topic that I understand well having built multiple businesses.  The challenge right now that we are facing is both a shortage of workforce and more aggressive business development in rural areas.  The solution to be considered is a substantial reduction or elimination in State Income Tax. Retirees will be able to keep more of their money. The financial incentive of keeping more of your money will keep graduates at all levels in our state, taking our jobs.  Finally, businesses starting up or relocating will have strong reason to choose Wisconsin.

“Next, Education is a great asset and opportunity for us in Western Wisconsin.  We have some great schools and we need to develop new ways for our educational institutions and business to directly connect.  I am convinced that we can positively enhance both.

“Finally, I am committed to working diligently to address our opioid and other drug challenges across Western Wisconsin.  Families are hurt, lives damaged and we must find a way to stop this epidemic.  I’ve been a strong advocate for reform already in the Legislature and will continue that fight on behalf of all our families.

Why are you interested in representing District 10? (50 words or less)

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“I’ve always believed that everything we need for success we have right here. My motivation is to serve those wonderful people and all those in our great communities. Good careers, protecting our sporting heritage, and ensure more of your money remains in your pocket, not government’s.” 


 

Democratic Ballot

 

Patty Schachtner—Somerset, Wis. 

 

Please share a little bit about your personal background (50 words or less):

“I grew up in St Croix, and my husband, Joe, and I raised our six children here. I’ve attended and taught at WITC in New Richmond, provided health care in our schools, and recently have worked with law enforcement and community leaders to address the mental health and addiction crisis.” 

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Patty Schachtner—Somerset, Wis.

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them? (200 words or less)

“No matter where you live, rising health care costs, limited treatment options and opioid overdoses are a growing concern. As the medical examiner for St. Croix County, I’ve seen too many tragic outcomes of health care challenges firsthand. I’m proud of my record working with local officials and frontline responders to combat the abuse of prescription painkillers, expand access to care and make our community a safer, healthier place. I have a record of working across party lines to help our community on this issue and I’ll keep doing just that.

“In addition, we need to do more to provide economic opportunities in our region. We should provide more skills training in our high schools and help adults get the training they need for new careers at our technical colleges.  As someone who started by getting my EMT certification at WITC and later taught courses there, I have seen firsthand the powerful impact this practical training can have on lives. In addition, I want our government to invest in good roads, quality K-12 schools and 21st century broadband infrastructure, which are all critical elements of economic success.” 

Why are you interested in representing District 10? 

“I believe our state can do a better job supporting children, families and seniors in western Wisconsin. We need leaders who bring common sense solutions to the problems we face. I do that every day in my work in the community and will bring the same approach to the legislature.” 

 

John Calabrese—Glenwood City, Wis.

 

Please share a little bit about your personal background (50 words or less): 

“I am 41 years old. I live in the town of Tiffany, Dunn county. I am a husband, father of two young boys and a carpenter. For the past four years I’ve been the state director of a volunteer group in Wisconsin attempting to rid our political system of the corrupting influence of money.” 

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John Calabrese—Glenwood City, Wis.

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them? (200 words or less)

“I believe the two largest issues facing this district are: Corruption and Lack of Land Stewardship.  

“Corruption: My years of work in Madison meeting with legislators has shown me that every large issue that faces this district, from infrastructure to school funding to development and property rights is directly effected by the huge amounts of money coursing through our political system. Almost all significant legislation is pushed not by regular citizens and voters, but by large special interest groups and wealthy donors. To effectively address funding issues and other local concerns, we must first call out those who minipulate the political system. I will introduce legislation to help reveal exactly who the corruptors are and how much they are spending.

“Land Stewardship:  Wether it’s high capacity wells, concentrated animal feeding operations, wet-land destruction, reckless mining, or constant development, our land air and water are suffering. I firmly believe that any citizen of any political party can agree that we need to protect the land and water we enjoy. Constant growth and development is not sustainable. I pledge to slow down the current pace, and work toward solutions that ensure a beautiful, inhabitable land for generations 

Why are you interested in representing District 10? (50 words or less)  (Editor’s note: this submission has been edited for length)

“I’ve met a litany of hardworking men and women who simply want to do their work, take care of their families and enjoy Wisconsin’s traditions. The people of the 10th district need to have their voices heard over the noise of the special interests. I will speak only for them.”

 

Reuben Herfindahl—River Falls, Wis.

 

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Reuben Herfindahl—River Falls, Wis.

“I’m a 25 year resident of River Falls and a small business owner since  2002. I have three kids who go to public school in the local district, and a wonderful wife of 16 years.  I grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota and have an American FFA Degree.” 

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them?  (200 words or less): 

“Education and the Environment. We’ve watched the UW system and local education get shredded over the last two decades. We’ve watched public lands get sold for short term gain. Business grows by a well educated workforce, and that workforce wants to live someplace with crystal clear water and air. That’s why I chose to move here, I want those same options available to all of our children and all of our communities.” 

Why are you interested in representing District 10?  (50 words or less):   

“We need someone who will stand up for the needs of Western Wisconsin, not chasing a career on the Madison political ladder. With my unique experience as both a farmer and a small business owner I can bring a fresh approach to bi-partisan representation for our district.” 


 

Libertarian Ballot

 

Brian Corriea—Wilson, Wis.

 

Please share a little bit about your personal background (50 words or less):

“I am a nine-year Navy Veteran living in Wilson, Wis.  I work in the field for an insurance company throughout West Wisconsin as well as the Twin Cities Metro. I’m married and have 3 Kids, aged 21, 17 and 15.”   

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Brian Corriea—Wilson, Wis.

From your point of view, what are the two largest issues facing the district, and how do you intend to address them? (200 words or less) 

“The Opioid and Amphetamine epidemic has not spared our district.  We need to switch our focus from imprisonment to treatment.  We also need to utilize our resources in the best manner. While arrests for distribution have mostly fallen arrest for possession has increased. This is the opposite of what we should be doing.  I would immediately introduce legislation to, decriminalize marijuana possession freeing up law enforcement to focus on greater threats.   

“Infrastructure spending has gotten out of hand, and it is time to start bringing some common sense back into the process.  The major shortfall in funding is largely due to a poor bidding process that ties the hands of contractors to constantly underestimate cost.  In the end, the taxpayers are left with the responsibility to cover these over-runs.  We need to hold bidders accountable for cost over-runs to encourage a more honest bidding process that will allow us to make more well informed decisions about where to spend this money.  This will be a big issue in district ten in the coming years as expansion from the Twin Cities is going to strain infrastructure along the border.” 

Why are you interested in representing District 10? (50 words or less)

“As a Libertarian I can bridge partisan divides and help bring good ideas back to the forefront.  We all want a more civil political climate, but with Republicans and Democrats locked in constant partisan bickering, a third voice is necessary to get government working for the people again.”

 

 

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