Sheila Harsdorf was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1988. In the late 1990s she farmed for a couple of years before being elected to the state Senate in 2000 where she's served ever since.
In all her years of public service she's never before encountered the kind of hostility that's resulted in her being one of nine state lawmakers facing a recall election this July.
That doesn't mean Harsdorf is surprised or intimidated.
"This is the first serious attempt to balance the state budget in more than a decade, and the special interests are fighting to maintain the status quo," Harsdorf said. "In last November's election, the voters spoke loudly on what they expected: Stop tax increases, stop raiding other funds like transportation and the tobacco (settlement) that basically just covered up budget problems with Band-Aid approaches.
"We were elected to bring spending under control, balance the budget, and create climate for growing jobs. In the process, there are tough choices to be made. I can tell you it's a lot easier to go out and say 'yes' to government spending."
For more please read the May 25 print version of the Herald.