September 15, 2016
By David Nordby The Brillion News
BRILLION – Mike Gallagher, Congressional candidate for Wisconsin’s 8th District, spent time in Brillion last Friday morning touring Woldt Farms located on County PP.
The Woldt family is a fourth generation dairy farm that has doubled in dairy cow size to 1,400 over the last six months and showed that and more to Gallagher.
“Dairy is so important not only to the state, but particularly the 8th District,” Gallagher said. Gallagher added he has been going around the area to learn more about the industry in the past six months.
Gallagher said the technology is a common theme among the farms he’s seen, and it’s fascinating to him. “It is stunning just to see – particularly the bigger farms like this – how advanced the operations are.”
Gallagher said he enjoys seeing areas like Brillion because it’s one of the few places in America where you can leave your door unlocked and he hopes that doesn’t change, despite what’s in the national news.
Gallagher is in a race against Democratic candidate Tom Nelson to replace Congressman Reid Ribble and is currently ahead in local polls. However, Gallagher and his campaign team aren’t looking ahead as November 8 looms closer.
“It doesn’t diminish my sense of urgency,” Gallagher said. “You can never let up. You can never get comfortable. That’s true in any endeavor.”
Gallagher said his favorite part of the campaign trail is meeting people like the Woldt’s. “This is absolutely my favorite part,” Gallagher said. “Just talking with people from all different walks of life.”
The fourth generation of the Woldt family includes Daryl and Amy. The fifth generation includes Brillion High School graduate, Kelsey, and current student, Kortney. Both were present on Friday. The family also includes Karly, Kristen and Kayla.
This story appeared in the September 15, 2016 edition of The Brillion News.