ANDREW ZUELKE SPEAKS to the Fox Valley Conservative Forum during the 2014 state treasurer race.        submitted photo
ANDREW ZUELKE SPEAKS to the Fox Valley Conservative Forum during the 2014 state treasurer race. submitted photo

     “When I first saw my name on the ballot, it never leaves you. You’re looking right at the ballot. And that’s my name. That’s, that’s me.”

     When Andrew Zuelke ran for state treasurer this past election as a chairman of the Constitution Party, it wasn’t his first time running for office. Far from it.

     But, still ... Seeing your name on a statewide ballot? And, later, seeing your name on the ticker on TV?

     It’s special, he explained.

     “I start thinking to myself, ‘My name is on this ballot all across the entire state. So in Superior, they see my name. Down in Janesville they see my name. And it’s like, ‘I’m the guy. I’m one of three applicants for the entire state for this job.’ That’s the thrill.”

     But that’s not why he ran for state treasurer in the 2018 midterms. Nor why he ran in 2014, or why he ran for positions on the Ripon Common Council or Fond du Lac County Board.

     Did he expect to win? Not really. Third-party candidates such as himself are used to a bit of heartbreak when election returns start coming in.

     “You can always look back and say, ‘Oh, I should have did this,’ or ‘Oh, if only I had run an ad in this paper in this part of the state I could have [done better],’” Zuelke said. “You’d ruin yourself thinking that way. You’d just lose sleep at night. I’m not going to do that.”

     But one thing’s for certain: he’s proud to represent himself, his community and his party. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Nov. 15, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.