To conservatives in the 33rd State Senate District:
A couple of years ago, I decided to email every member of the Wisconsin State Senate on an issue. After copying-and-pasting 33 times and drafting my message, I clicked “send.” Days went by with nothing but automated replies but then out of the blue, I received a letter from Senator Rich Zipperer. I was pleased that he agreed with me on the issue but even more impressed that he took the time to respond to me. What impressed me the most? I wasn’t even in his district.
When I later learned that he was to be my new State Senator (redistricting), I was thrilled until I learned he was stepping down to take a position within the Walker Administration.
In early August, Senator Zipperer’s replacement was the last thing on my mind. I was suffering from election fatigue and undecided on the US Senate primary when I was informed he’d be making an appearance at the Waukesha Victory Center.
While waiting for my turn to speak with the candidate, I began chatting with a pleasant guy who was there as well. He had his daughter with him so I assumed it was a county party volunteer. We spoke about the recall election, Act 10, ending funding for Planned Parenthood, and how to attract businesses to Wisconsin. After ten minutes or so, he introduced himself--it was Chris Kapenga.
Two things flashed through my mind: 1) This is “the-guy-with-the- name-I-probably-cannot-pronounce” when I saw his signs in 2010. 2) He gets it.
We spoke another ten minutes and I learned he’s a CPA, business owner, a family man, and active in his church. Before I left the Victory Center, I decided I would not only vote for Chris Kapenga, but do all I could to help him become my next State Senator. It wasn’t just that we agreed on the issues—but he was passionate about them. He didn’t just talk to me—he listened to me.
Ads from his opponent, Rep. Paul Farrow, have begun touting his endorsement list. Paul Farrow is a fine legislator with a solid record and I have nothing negative to say about him, but when it comes to the most important issue—jobs—the choice is clear.
As a CPA, Chris Kapenga understands what it takes to attract businesses to Wisconsin. He understands the risk they take, the legal challenges they face, the investments they make in capital and most importantly—in people. Chris Kapenga knows what it takes to create jobs.
I urge all of those in the 33rd State Senate to join me in supporting citizen-legislator, business owner, CPA, and job creator Chris Kapenga when they vote on November 6th.
(If you’re unsure of your legislative district, go to legis.wisconsin.gov and click “Who Represents Me?” After entering your address, your voting district for this election will be shown under “2011 Wisconsin Act 43.)