Rob Discusses Employer’s Search for Skilled Workers at Glass Plant

I was able to tour the Cardinal Glass plant in Menomonie, with plant manager Wayne McAtee. It was a great tour and I learned a lot about how glass is made. The hottest part of their oven is 1600 degrees Celsius!!

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But perhaps the most important thing I learned, as a possible Representative, came from good talks in Wayne’s office. What I learned is that employers like Cardinal are having a hard time getting good workers to fill their job openings. glass2

As a Representative I would work on this issue. We always try to increase the number of jobs available to people in our area, but I think we need to spend some time making sure we have the good workers that employers are looking for to fill those jobs too.

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Thanks for your time and open conversations with me about finding quality employees Wayne!

Meeting at UW-Stout in Menomonie with Chancellor Bob Meyer

I had the opportunity to meet with Bob Meyer in his office today. Bob is the Chancellor at UW-Stout in Menomonie. uw1

It was a great discussion about what a chancellor and a UW campus wants from their Representatives in WI and I look forward to working closely with Chancellor Meyer moving forward if I get elected. Bob has a total of almost 30 years of his life at UW-Stout along with some time working with WITC so he also understands the needs of the two year institutions as well. uw3

It was great to get his take on a lot of education topics. I was amazed that Stout has a 97.3% employment (or continued higher education) rate for their graduates. Stout strives to continue that number by offering perhaps fewer majors than other universities, but they are very specialized. Bob and UW-Stout works very closely with employers to make sure their courses evolve with the needs of the people who will potentially be hiring the grads….it’s a very good system

I then got a tour of the campus from Don Steffen which included the much talked about Stout FAB Lab. I was very surprised to learn how much the general public and local businesses use the lab for various projects as well……it really is a community FAB Lab.uw2

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Thank you to Bob Meyer and Don Steffen for your time today.

Former Assembly Candidate Jim Palmer Endorses Rob Stafsholt

Palmer throws support behind Rob Stafsholt

Candidate for State Assembly Jim Palmer has announced that he is suspending his campaign for State Assembly District 29 and putting his support behind Rob Stafsholt’s campaign.

Jim Palmer Endorsement

Palmer, a conservative Republican who is married with five children said he was pulling out of the race in order to spend more time with his family due to recent health concerns that recently arose with his two youngest kids.

Palmer said that after some thought and discussion with his wife, putting family first is more important at this point in their lives than continuing a bid for elected office.

“Anyone that knows me knows that my family is crucially important to me,” Palmer said.

“That’s why, after much deliberation, I have decided to put the needs of my wife and five children before my desire to serve the people of the 29th Assembly District.”

“I’m grateful for the support I have received in this race and I am honored to have met so many wonderful people throughout our district. I will continue to fight for Christian values, smaller government, the Second Amendment, taxpayers and of course, our veterans, by joining Rob Stafsholt’s campaign team.”

Palmer announced his support and endorsement of candidate Stafsholt, who he said shares his views on the fact that veterans need to be respected and treated properly, our gun rights, traditional values and keeping government small and free from waste, fraud and abuse.

“While I will no longer be a candidate in this election, I am proud to throw my support behind another true conservative, a Constitutionalist like myself, a man of integrity who will fight for the issues I believe in,” Palmer said. “In my discussions with Rob I have found he shares my concern not only for Veterans issues, but many of the other issues I ran on, and I know he will carry that fight to Madison with honor and dignity for all of us.”

New Richmond News

Rep. Adam Jarchow Endorsement

April 7, 2016 | New Richmond, WI – After meeting with Rep. Adam Jarchow today, to discuss my Freedoms Agenda, I was honored to receive his endorsement for my campaign to become the next Assemblyman in the 29th District of Wisconsin.

It is truly an honor to have the support of Rep. Jarchow, Rep. Kleefisch and St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts.

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Walker Signs “Right to Hunt Act”

Walker signed the “Right to Hunt Act!”

That bill made it’s way through the process and got out of Committee and down through the channels and got voted through the Assembly and the Senate. The last step is to have Gov Walker sign it in to law.

The Governor did just that for us yesterday at the WBHA Annual Convention in Rothschild. What a great feeling to be a part of the team that got this bill passed into law. One of the things I am most proud of is that it really was a group of people identifying a problem, making a plan “by the people”, working on it with our local Representatives, and passing it through into state law…..that’s the way it is supposed to work!

I’m glad I could help be part of the effort! Here is a picture of Gov. Walker talking about our “grassroots efforts” and the importance of Sportsmen’s Rights and 2nd Amendment Rights here in WI.IMG957846 (1)

I brought my daughter Maggie with me on to the WBHA Convention on Saturday with her hopes that she could maybe see Gov. Scott Walker…..she is a big fan of his and has been since I brought her to watch him sign a bill into law about five years ago.

She has a Walker/Kleefisch yard sign stapled to her wall above her bed at the cabin even! Not only did she get to see him but she had a moment to laugh and joke with him and then take a couple pictures.20160402_124905-1This is the group that was recognized as making it a law but I want to be clear – that only happens with help from a lot of you out there that pitched in, made phone calls, took time away from work and family….thank you very much for all your efforts, you know who you are!IMG_1696 (1)Watching the Governor sign the bill into law with Al Lobner, Sen. Frank Lasee, Rep. Adam Jarchow, Mike Sogge, Sen. Terry Moulton, Rob Stafsholt, Rep Mary Czaja, Mitch Sands, and others. And Governor Scott Walker holds up the new law.IMG957860

 

Sheriff John Shilts Endorses Rob’s Run for State Assembly

New Richmond, WI – Friday, March 25, 2016 | St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts endorses Rob Stafsholt for the Wisconsin State Assembly’s 29th District.

I was truly honored and humbled to read the words in a Letter of Endorsement that I received from St Croix County Sheriff John Shilts in a recent email. I am very appreciative of his endorsement of my campaign to be the Representative from District 29th District, but his kind words are exceptional to me and I will work tirelessly to live up to them.” ~Rob Stafsholt

St. Croix County Sheriff, John Shilts

Endorsement Quote:

Rob will not be swayed by the pressure in Madison. I have no doubt that he can and will stand for what the people of the 29th District say that they need. Rob is a team builder and has put in his homework on one of his highest priorities, Public Safety. In these uncertain times the safety of our families must be a priority.” ~John Shilts, St. Croix County Sheriff

 St. Croix County Sheriff, John Shilts

Endorsement Letter:

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You can view Rob’s 4-Point Criminal Justice Reform Plan here.

If you would like to help my campaign reach more people in the 29th District with my message, please consider making a financial donation today.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch Endorsement

Based on my four point Crime Agenda…

REPRESENTATIVE JOEL KLEEFISCH ENDORSED ME TODAY AS A CANDIDATE FOR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 29!

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Discussing my Crime Agenda with Sheriff John Shilts, Chief Deputy Scott Knudson, and Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety – Rep. Joel Kleefisch

I had a great day today talking to Law Enforcement and some media about my four point Crime Agenda I would like to work on if elected. You can view the full four-point plan here.

I would like to support and possibly expand our ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Program across WI.

I had the opportunity to discuss that today with St Croix County Sheriff John Shilts, Chief Deputy Scott Knudson, and ICAC Investigator Shawn Demulling along with Representative Joel Kleefisch who is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

I want to thank Joel for making the commitment to come all the way across WI today in miserable road conditions to discuss my Crime Agenda.

I look forward to having the opportunity to have the same open discussion with Law Enforcement on the east side of District 29 including Sheriff Dennis Smith if possible.

My first major endorsement. I am so excited, I can’t wait to get elected so I can help be a part of the team that helps to keep our families and communities safe.

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I also got to learn some of the needs to expand the ICAC Program (Internet Crimes Against Children) from ICAC Investigator Shawn Demulling.

Rob Stafsholt To Run for 29th Assembly District

Candidate Will Fight For Good Paying Jobs, Economic Development and Protect Individual Freedoms

Press Release – PDF | New Richmond – March 10, 2016

Small businessman Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) announced today that he intends to run for the 29th Assembly District which is being vacated by Representative John Murtha. Stafsholt said he is committed to creating good paying jobs for our area, expand economic development opportunities and to protect our individual freedoms if elected.

 

RobA lifelong resident of St. Croix County, Rob Stafsholt’s family has farmed in the area for 4 generations.  Rob’s wide range of small business experience includes running his family’s food manufacturing company called Scoop’s Delight Salad Dressing, working as a mortgage loan originator in New Richmond, and owning and operating several rental properties.

Rob has helped manage the family farm for the past 22 years and still helps to operate the farm today. Rob has a daughter Maggie, who is 12 and attends New Richmond public schools.

“I love our area.  My family has called Western Wisconsin home for 4 generations.  Now I want to give back by serving the people of this district at the State Capitol.  I want to put my experience as a small businessman to work for our state by building a strong economy so the private sector can create good paying jobs, enhancing economic development, reducing the size of state government, supporting educational opportunities for our children and lowering our taxes.

Stafsholt is an active member of the New Richmond community where he has served on the Town of Erin Prairie Planning Commission. He is also a member of the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce; a Lifetime Member of the NRA, the St. Croix Republican Party, St. Croix County Farm Bureau member, Wisconsin Property Taxpayers Inc., and the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association.

Rob is a 1994 graduate of New Richmond High School and attended both UW Eau Claire and UW River Falls.

“If elected, I will work hard for family supporting jobs and economic development opportunities for our area,” stated Stafsholt.  “I will also fight against fraud, waste and abuse in state government.  It’s time government worked for US, not the other way around.“

Over the next few months Rob looks forward to meeting people across Assembly District 29 and asking for and earning their vote. The 29th Assembly District includes portions of St. Croix and Dunn Counties.