Hi, I'm Tyler
WHERE I COME FROM
I was born and raised in Merrill, WI. Throughout my years in the area I've been able to travel all across District 35 and I've grown to deeply care for and appreciate the area. My family has lived in the district for generations with ancestors hailing from Merrill, Antigo, and Tomahawk. They worked a variety of jobs that contributed back to the community, such as teaching, farming, and a variety of jobs in healthcare. Many of them were also small business owners with a distinct love for tavernkeeping.
A YOUNG LEADER
From an early age I had the strong desire to serve and to make the world a better place. This desire was founded by my Grandfather Big John Ruprecht. He taught me that life and politics are about working to build us all a better future. This lesson was reinforced by my time at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary and Middle School where we learned fundamental values like serving your community, cleaning up our world, and helping to better the lives of others. It was also reinforced by great teachers I had growing up like Mrs. Jameson at Merrill High School who got me involved in the Future Business Leaders of America and got me started down the path of leadership.
Like a lot of kids, I had big dreams. I wanted to join the Air Force then become an astronaut. Sadly, medical issues prevented me from having the opportunity to pursue this dream, so I learned to serve in other ways. In high school I planned a charity concert to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help those afflicted by the same disease that took my Great Grandmother Mae Ruprecht when I was young and later took my Great Grandmother Althea McNamara and my Grandfather on my father's side, Paul Charbarneau Sr. My biggest regret at the time was that I wasn't able to do even more to address the inadequacies of our healthcare system, and to save people's lives.
I sought to continue to serve humankind when I went to college. I planned to become a teacher and join the Peace Corps so I could help people across the world. Early on at UW-Marathon, I sought out the volunteer club: the Helping Hands Club (HHC). I became the Vice President of the club, and was talked into getting involved with politics for the first time by the President of the HHC who was serving as Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA). At first I just served on the SGA budgeting committee as a student-at-large, then I became an active senator, then the Vice President, and finally the following year I became President of the SGA. I came in to that role at a crucial time where we needed strong leadership. I coordinated with people from across the state to try save education funding at all levels, to save 36.09(5) which grants students the rights to representation, and to save the Wisconsin Idea which holds that education should go beyond the bounds of the classroom and should be used to improve and safeguard the lives of our citizens. I learned to build political alliances with people from all walks of life and worked with people of all political affiliations: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and more. This skill helped me then to support education. I will continue to use this skill going forward to help solve our problems and to help build us a better future.
A NEW BEGINNING
After my time as SGA President, I continued my studies at UW-Marathon. Sadly, I was never able to complete them. Following my best semester, medical issues caught up with me. Earlier in my life I had been fallen victim to multiple car accidents, the worst of which being when I was hit by a person on their 7th OWI. This made my pre-existing back issues grow worse. I began to have to use a cane just to keep myself from falling. I had to ignore these growing issues, like so many of us have had to do, because of the unaffordable medical costs that would be incurred by seeking proper treatment. I paid the price for this. Shortly after the next semester's Spring Break, I grew incredibly sick and my back issues became indescribable. It knocked me out of college, forced me to have to walk with crutches, and left me bedridden most days. I spent day and night in extreme pain, often struggling just to eat or sleep.
After some time, I began to adjust and started to learn to live again. I started to work to find a new beginning so I could meet my goal of helping to build a better future. I began to study more once again and read through thousands upon thousands of pages of political science, current events, law, and American history. This along with support from my friends and family helped to prepare me for the fight I am undertaking today...the fight to win this seat, and to use it to help build a better future for our generations and for all of the generations to come.
Real Solutions for Real Problems
Our mission in this campaign is a simple one: if we are to build a better future, then we must bring real solutions to our real problems. We must address the issues affecting the lives of everyone living in District 35. From healthcare and education to our farms and the environment we cannot afford to not act. If we fail to act now, we will suffer irrecoverable losses.
Our schools will continue to shut down and we will leave our youth and future generations struggling in the wake. We will continue to lose countless friends and family members to treatable medical issues and will be unprepared for medical crises that arise in the future. Our family farms and small businesses will continue to wilt and fade until they no longer exist. Our voices will continue to be drowned out by representatives that forge their own electoral maps and take dark money from special interests. We will fall behind in all facets of life and leave a desolate future to our children and their's...but we can, and must change this now.
We need to elect strong leadership across the board. Leaders who know our struggles and give more than promises. I know the struggles we go through and I know how we can address them now. I know what actions we can take to make our district flourish rather than flounder. When elected I will work to pass real solutions for our real problems, and I will provide us the strong leadership we need. If we come together, we can win this seat, we can bring in a new horizon, and we can start to build new day.