Amanda Stuck: One of Us
Updated: Sep 18, 2020
Growing up in small town Wisconsin, Amanda Stuck (WI-08) worked her way through college and was the first in her family to attend. In doing so, she developed the life skills that have been essential to her success. As a single parent she faced daily challenges in order to make ends meet and provide the best life for herself and her child. All of the obstacles that she has faced in her life are not unheard of. Her struggles are the same struggles that many of the members in her district face. She feels that her background and life experience help her understand how each policy she votes on impacts people in real life.
Amanda has worked hard to achieve all that she has so far and she won't stop anytime soon. “I have won awards for my bipartisan work and have shown my commitment to working across the aisle,” she says. Amanda prides herself in being able to see beyond the parties and works to put the people before politics. She has “plans to work on bridging the partisan divide so congress can work together to address the issues” in her district. It is clear that her main priority is her district and that she really has their best interests at heart.
Amanda is a capable and attentive leader who will work to bring her district policies that will directly influence their lives for the better. She says that people in her district, like herself, have had to or have to balance working multiple jobs, going to school and living a fulfilling life. Even though they are doing all they should and can do, they struggle to stay afloat.
“I plan to work on systemic changes to make sure people working hard and doing the right thing don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.”
She would define herself as a collaborative leader who believes in giving everyone a voice. She aims for compromise so that the best possible solution can be reached for the good of her community.
In order to be successful, Amanda and her team are working hard to be seen and heard in areas where Democrats have never won before. She has seen Republican politicians let down those who supported them in the past, and aims to be the much needed change. She hopes that this might also help the traditionally Republican voters be more open and willing to vote blue in her favor.
It is powerful for young people, in particular women, to see other women succeed. As Amanda puts it, it is important for "little girls in the district to have a woman role model to look up to.” She is excited by the opportunity to be that woman, as Amanda intends to make history and be the first woman to represent the 8th Congressional District. She says that “no one should vote for me just because I am a woman” but she does feel that as a woman she is able to understand their experiences and would be able to use empathy to vote in their and the rest of the communities interest.
Read on for a WTW Exclusive Interview with Amanda Stuck, running to represent Wisconsin 8th Congressional District
1. I am going into education and would love to hear more about your experience in that field as a substitute teacher. How has it influenced your education platform?
There is no better experience for voting on education policy than being in the classroom. It lets you see the curriculum, the behaviors, and expectations of teachers personally. The experience I have as a teacher gives me the background to vote on legislation knowing directly how it will impact students.
2. How has your background in legislation growing up in a small town in Wisconsin inspired and equipped you to run for Congress?
I grew up in a poor family, worked my way through college as a first generation college student, was a single parent struggling to make ends meet, all of these are the challenges real people face every day in the district. My background helps me to understand how the policy I vote on impacts people in real life.
3. What are the key voter concerns in your district, and how do you plan to address them?
Voters are worried every day about trying to stay afloat, they are working multiple jobs, going to school, doing what they are supposed to do everyday and yet are struggling to pay their bill or feel secure. I plan to work on systemic changes to make sure people working hard and doing the right thing don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck. I also plan to work on bridging the partisan divide so Congress can work together to address these issues.
4. Wisconsin has historically been a swing state, and given the current political climate, why might traditionally Republican voters be ready to vote for you?
Republican voters can see that Republican politicians have failed farmers, veterans, and businesses and will vote for someone who will put people above politics. I have won awards for my bipartisan work and have shown my commitment to working across the aisle.
5. In some ways I believe that women are more empathetic leaders than our male counterparts. I can see you care about your community through some of the Bills you worked to pass in 2019 such as Bill 548 relating to the creation of a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls, as well as making an appropriation, and Bill 162, relating to the Volunteer Health Care Provider program for the homeless population. What would you say is your leadership style, and how will you use it to unite our divided polity after the election?
My leadership style is collaborative, I believe in bringing everyone to the table. If everyone has a chance for input and the goal is compromise and understanding, we will get the best outcome.
6. It has been 100 years since women achieved the right to vote. The United States has come a long way since then; it is gratifying to see so many women on tickets for important federal races such as your own. However, there is still much to accomplish in terms of equality. How are Democratic women, such as yourself, uniquely positioned to represent women? In other words, why is it in a woman’s best interest to vote Blue?
A woman has never represented the 8th Congressional district. While no one should vote for me just because I am a woman, women in this district have never had the opportunity to see a woman in this position or talk to a woman Representative about their issues. Little girls in the district do not have a woman role model to look to. A woman representative can understand the unique experience of women and bring that experience to their vote and their debate.
7. What is the current state of your race, and how do you envision your path to victory?
We are working very hard and are seeing wins where Democrats have never won before. We will win by knocking doors and making calls to make sure voters turn out. We will also continue to share my story so voters know that I am one of them and will fight for them.