Letter: Kurtz Will be Accessible as Congressman
To the Editor-
Over the past six months I’ve had the honor to work with and get to know Tony Kurtz, candidate for Congress for our (3rd) District. With as much success as Tony has had – as a chopper squadron leader in both Iraq wars and decorated Army retiree; as an independent entrepreneur and self-taught farmer and, now, as a novice and visionary political candidate—Tony Kurtz is as humble and approachable a man as you’ll ever meet.
Ask any of the tens of thousands of your neighbors throughout this district who have had the opportunity to shake his hand, chat with him (often at length), hear him speak or observe him at work or play and you’ll quickly see what I mean.
Here’s just one example: Recently the Republican Party of Portage County held its annual “Rally By the River,” featuring numerous state and local candidates and party officials. The event was casual, friendly and highly positive and encouraging. In the end, after most had left for home or other events, Tony Kurtz remained to help load equipment, food, literature, etc., in trucks and vans. He helped take trash away, clean up and lighten the load on local party leaders and volunteers. Political showmanship? Hardly. There was no media, no cameras, no one to observe his actions. The only people around were those already committed to supporting Tony. Though he had a long drive back to Prairie du Chien that night, he stayed until the doors were closed and the job was finished. That’s Tony Kurtz.
Throughout this long campaign, Tony Kurtz has become an eager friend to Portage County. He has made numerous visits here, met thousands of local families, farmers and students (of all ages). He was walked in our parades, attended our sports events, visited our local businesses and enjoyed our festivals. Politics? Sure… that’s how candidates become known to voters. But self-serving? Not really. Tony Kurtz is in this to win it… but not to give up his private life or the success he has earned. Tony Kurtz works hard with seemingly unlimited energy, because he sees a great need and has the experience, the courage, the will and the integrity to meet that need.
Tony Kurtz has already stated that as our Congressman he will open and staff a District office in Stevens Point (one of only two in the district). That means that Portage County residents will have direct and daily contact with our elected representative in Washington. That means that we will not be isolated, ignored or forgotten until the next campaign begins. That means Stevens Point and Portage County will finally get the respect we deserve from our Congressional representative.
Whatever your party or political traditions, please vote for Tony Kurtz on November 4. I’ll guarantee that you won’t regret it.
Dave Herbert, Plover