August 6, 2009
New Tools to Stay In Touch
One of the most important aspects of serving as your State Senator is staying in-touch and being accessible to district residents. I am always interested in new ways of reaching out to constituents and encouraging feedback. As your representative in the Wisconsin Senate, I know that government works best when elected officials listen and learn from their constituents.
This session, I have already received thousands of contracts from citizens in the 10th Senate District advocating for issues, asking questions about state government, or requesting assistance with an agency. Responding to them is a top priority €“ be it by mail, phone or email.
In an effort to be more accessible and informative on issues, I recently overhauled my website. At www.harsdorfsenate.com, I added a blog, a monthly opinion survey, video from the State Legislature, and an issues reference guide for where you can find my public comments and actions on topics important to you. At the site, you can also email me questions, visit Wisconsin Eye €“ an enormously valuable site to learn more about state government, and track legislation that might be of interest.
My blog at www.harsdorfsenate.com is designed to offer comments and information on regular legislative happenings. It includes links to nonpartisan issue papers and other background information on relevant topics before the State Legislature. I will also comment on events I attend in the district. Ultimately, the new web site is designed to be easy, accessible, and interactive.
Over the past two weeks, nearly 200 people have taken my online survey. This month, I ask for your opinions on health care reform measures, the state budget bill, and prospective energy legislation - to name a few. Each month the survey will ask for your opinions on a variety of issues before the Legislature and enable you to follow the results.
Finally, in addition to community events, parades, and district meetings, I will be planning a “tele”-town hall, where people can call in and participate live via telephone. By joining my email club, you can gain notice of this event as well as receive weekly columns and releases.
Of course, there is always the old-fashioned way to offer your feedback €“ write or call. My Capitol mail address is PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 and you can call toll-free from Wisconsin at 1-800-862-1092. I look forward to hearing from you.