When Joni Anderson was 10 years old, growing up in Spirit, Wis., she was diagnosed with petit mal epilepsy — including seizures in which one may peer into space for about 15 seconds.

   Her parents did not have health insurance, but hope was not lost.

   “Medicaid paid the bills, and because I want no misunderstanding about where I stand on the importance of health care in this next election — that I think is going to be one of the top issues that gets someone elected — we need to bring those Medicaid dollars back to Wisconsin,” Anderson said to audience members at a Green Lake Democrats and Friends meeting last week Saturday.

   Anderson, an Adam’s resident, is running as a Democrat for District 14 of the state senate. She’ll face off against incumbent state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, and challenger Nate Zimdars, D-Ripon.

   She explained she has never run for office before, but pointed out that she is a union member and the vice president of the local 1107 union of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America.

   Anderson noted her platform would center on providing Medicare for all, and explained she believes in it so strongly because of the death of her sister and the suffering of a close friend.

   Read the full story, including Anderson's stance on minimum wage and gerrymandering, in the Jan. 9, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.