Constituents Tell Compelling Stories
Last week, I stood with other state Senators from across the state and pledged to uphold the constitutions of both the United States and the state of Wisconsin. It was a humbling moment, and one that made me think about the events of the past year that had led to that point.
Specifically, I thought about all of the people that I met while traveling throughout central and western Wisconsin interviewing for the job of state Senator. Their stories could be heartbreaking or uplifting, but they were always captivating. I remembered the woman in Sparta, a senior citizen, who was worried about her property taxes. After working all of her life to raise a family, she was now on a fixed income, and the possibility of increased property taxes threatened her ability to stay in the home that she had grown to love. She wanted a government that wouldn’t take her stable, secure future away from her.
Of course, I also considered the many veterans that I’ve met over the past year, particularly one gentleman in Wood County. He was one of the nearly 600 people who was treated by the Tomah VA dentist who did not properly sterilize a piece of equipment, and as a result, he may have been exposed to infectious diseases. After sacrificing years of his life for his country, he deserves better.
Everybody has a story, and those stories are worth listening to. As your state Senator, my focus will be on the people of the 24th district, and doing what I can to increase the number of opportunities that we have to succeed. My door is always open, I want your input. Feel free to email my office at Sen.Testin@legis.wi.gov or call at 608-266-3123. I want to hear your story.
Republican Patrick Testin, Stevens Point, represents the 24th state Senate District.