Though I’ve never met Joanne personally, there’s no questioning her commitment to this race and her potential constituents. Read for yourselves:
I was prepared to handle having a baby in the middle of a state assembly campaign this fall. I was not, however, prepared for her to arrive six weeks earlier than expected and before the primary.
Since her untimely August fourth birth, our daughter continues to grow stronger in Children’s Hospital’s NICU. She could breathe on her own from the start, and she is now off her IV and has stable bilirubin counts, though she will probably remain in the NICU at least another week.
Beyond the obvious difficulties of having a baby who can’t come home at a hospital almost thirty minutes away, the NICU offers other challenges to campaigning. Cell phones have to be turned off in the NICU, which means calls and emails are inaccessible. Since baby can’t nurse herself, I need to use an electric pump every three hours, with pumping and cleaning up costing the better part of one of those three hours. Every task, including sleep, gets no more than two hours at a time to work on it.
I’ve been cautioned strongly about overdoing it and told not to spend more than an hour on doors at a time. I miss talking to people in the district, and my campaign now is experiencing a crisis in completing voter contacts before the primary election on August 14th. While a witty supporter has suggested I should adopt the slogan “Joanne delivers,” Kathryn’s early delivery is preventing me from delivering my message to people in this district. I have stacks of literature and walk lists that I’d pulled for Omro and Waupun but can’t get the materials to people’s doors without a mass influx of volunteers. There’s been a trickle in the last few days, but I need a flood to get the job done.
With the birth of my daughter, I’m even more committed toward working to make the district and the state the best place possible in which to live, to work, and to grow. At this moment, though, I have to recognize the limitations that circumstances have created. I can’t handle this alone. I need your help, and I need it now. The primary is Tuesday. If you would like to support me in this race, please email Staudacher53WI@gmail.com or call (920) 215-0053 to get set up with a walk packet and literature or to be given access to a call list. Don’t be intimidated by not having done this kind of thing before. I was terrified to start knocking doors for State Senator Jessica King last summer, but by the end of the summer I’d been to more than 3,000 doors. If you prefer, you can even just leave the literature without knocking.
Thank you for all of the support that you have shown on my political journey. Together, we can move Wisconsin forward.
If you’d like to help Joanne’s campaign in its final push before tomorrow’s primary election, you can contact her via her campaign’s Facebook page.