Appleton’s Rep. Stuck is running for Congress

By: - July 16, 2019 8:30 am
State Rep. Amanda Stuck

State Rep. Amanda Stuck doesn’t see a lot of people like herself in Congress. She notes that 16 years ago while a student at UW-Oshkosh working multiple jobs, she became pregnant. After her son was born, she recalls sitting in the hospital holding him, not sure where to go, uncertain if her family would welcome her back and knowing a dorm was no place for a newborn baby. That experience was on her mind as she announced her 2020 candidacy for Congress against U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher in the 8th Congressional District.

“It’s about changing who is at the table,” says Stuck. “It can’t just be about power and money. My experience was humbling and it will make me a different kind of candidate.” 

She admits it will be an uphill battle in the Republican district, but her top issue is protecting access to healthcare, especially for people with pre-existing conditions, and she thinks that will resonate with the people in her district. 

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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin was the Wisconsin Examiner's founding Deputy Editor, serving from its launch July 1, 2019, until Feb. 1, 2022. She is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications before returning to journalism at the Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.