Iron County Progressive

Friends and Supporters:

It’s hard to believe there are just a couple days left in an election cycle that changed my life.  

I began the journey I never saw coming more than a year before President Obama made his last speech in office where he said, “If something needs fixin’, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing.”  

I saw a lot in Wisconsin that needed fixin’ and I’d spent my entire career successfully taking on challenges where things were broken.  So, I laced up my shoes and started traveling the state to listen to the people directly confronted by the complicated social issues holding our state back to inform the kinds of solutions that would make living in Wisconsin better for everybody.
I spent 18 months meeting with more than 700 people all over the state and advanced innovative plans to create jobs and improve education.  It became increasingly clear to me that if I was disappointed with the state of our affairs in Wisconsin then it was time for me to “…grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office…” myself. So, I did.  

I found goodness in people whether or not they agreed with my ideas and/or positions on issues.  

I was invited in to see people’s lives close up and I was energized and inspired by these amazing people every day. Together, we built great statewide momentum and support, but I still lost the battle of name recognition as someone who’d never spent a moment in the political arena.  While this was deeply disappointing, it is impossible for me to un-see all that I’ve seen and un-experience all that I’ve experienced.    

We have a lot of work to do and that’s what this election is all about for me.  

I may not be carrying the banner for our party or state, but democrats have a lot of enormously talented, committed and tenacious candidates who are ready to “…show up, dive in and stay at it...” so we can become a Wisconsin That Works for everybody.  Tony Evers is one of those great candidates.  This Tuesday you and your family, friends and neighbors have the power to elect Tony our next governor and put more than 100 other amazing democratic candidates in office to work for you so we can get back to being Wisconsin. Introduce them to your friends by forwarding this email and tagging (see below) your candidates on Facebook with your endorsement. 

“If you’re tired of arguing with people on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.”  

Try engaging that person at the grocery store, gas station or diner in a real conversation about the future of our state.  Listen more than you speak.  Search for that common ground around the things we all care about – our families and our futures.  

Instead of living the tribal politics designed to rip us apart, engage your neighbors in a conversation about living a quality life in Wisconsin and you’ll quickly find that we’re all part of one tribe.

When I began this journey, I had no idea what to expect.  I didn’t expect to find a state filled with hugs and smiles; I didn’t expect to find myself witness to dreams and tears; I didn’t expect to make so many new friends that now feel more like extended family to me.  And, I didn’t expect to find myself in a room with President Obama and experience him stopping to give my daughter Maria a hug.  

Every day of this incredible journey has been energizing and inspirational and my faith in all that’s possible in our state and in our country has been confirmed.  Thank you all for sharing your hopes and dreams with me. 

Now, let’s all get out and vote for people throughout our state and country who will hope and dream right along with us and get the kinds of things done that will make all of our lives better.  

With gratitude for everything,

Andy Gronik

Former Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin

P.S.  Please take some folks with you to the polls!