My name is Shawn Rundblade, and in 2018 I will be running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District in Wisconsin. I’m running as an Democrat, and more importantly as an average American fighting for people just like me. I’d like to offer up some information about myself.
What does “Average American” mean to me?
Over the next 2 years, you are going to hear me talk about wanting to fight for the average American. I want to be sure I am clear as to what I mean by that. The average American isn’t a millionaire. In fact, they make less than the $250,000 mark which is around 97% of Americans. I want to stand up for those who worry about being able to pay their monthly bills and worry about what happens if there is a major illness. I’m here for the people who have run into some struggles in their life and help put programs in motion to help get them back on their feet. I’m fighting for the people who have to choose between housing expenses or medications.
I am NOT going to stand for or with lobbyists and the wealthy. I don’t feel that the top 1% should have the final say on what the rest of us get or how we live. Our country is a democratic republic, not an oligarchy. We were all promised equal rights and the pursuit of happiness, it’s time we stand up as a society and demand just that.
When I say I’m an average guy, I am. I work a 40hr a week job which I do enjoy, and make well less than the median income of the district which is about $76,000. I’m originally from Rockford, IL and moved to Madison, WI in 2015 to be with the mother of my daughter to be a family. While I loved both of them greatly, and still love my daughter more than anything, in early 2016 we decided things were not working out. I was able to find a position in the company I work for which suited my past experiences well, and moved to Waukesha in the summer of 2016 where I plan to stay for a long time. I’ve enjoyed the area greatly so far, and cannot wait to get out to all the areas in my district and explore.
I’ve been in retail all of my life, and have interacted with tens of thousands of people. My first job at the age of 14 was as a bagger at a grocery store, and I’ve grown since then. Right now, I handle appliance home delivery operations for the entire SE corner of Wisconsin from NW of Madison south to the state-line and east to Lake Michigan.
Taking after my father, I was a volunteer firefighter in Loves Park, IL for over 15 years, and miss it greatly. I’m also an amateur radio operator who has volunteered in various emergency services agencies for communications. I enjoy helping people and find it rewarding. I don’t do it for the glory or recognition, I did it because someone needs to. For me, the fire service was another job.
The same values that drove me to be a volunteer firefighter are the same values that made me decide to run for office. I want to serve the people. We need leadership in all levels of government that are truly here for the people. I’m here to represent you. Help me win in 2018, and I can assure you I will be there to listen and fight for you.