Wiskerchen, Ryan

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
MN House of Representatives
District:
51A
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(612) 388-2161
Age:
27
Occupation:
Legislative Staffer
Education:
Bachelor of Arts from Drake University, double-major in History and International Relations, minor in German
Biographical Info:
I was born and raised in South Minneapolis and returned to the Greater Metro area to raise my family and be closer to my work. I went to high school at Minneapolis South High School off of Lake Street and attended college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I changed majors five times but managed to graduate within four years, and had the opportunity to intern with both of Iowa's U.S. Senators and with the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. I met my wife, Nicole, at Drake University and we moved to Minnesota ahead of getting married. We moved into our home in Richfield a week before the state was shut down in the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic and had our first son, Patrick, shortly afterwards. Our second son, Leo, was born last fall with a heart condition which required surgery right after his birth, but both him and Patrick are now healthy and energetic little boys. After moving back to Minnesota, I worked for a local issues-oriented think tank and used that experience with state politics to move to the State Legislature, where I currently work as a legislative staffer, helping out with constituent services, research, and the other tasks required by the state's representatives.
Statement:
I am running for office because I want to provide Richfielders with an advocate in St. Paul. When I was working at the legislature during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, I worked hard to help the constituents calling into our office looking for help. For many of them, I was the first person in the government who had actually answered or returned their call. After frustrating experiences with being put on hold, transferred, and leaving voice messages, they were relieved to have someone who could listen to them and who would try and help them. I am running so that Richfield's residents will always have an advocate on the other line. I am also running because I want my sons to grow up in a community even better than the one I grew up in, which means working to make our neighborhoods safer and our schools more accountable to local parents and educators. On top of that, it means making sure that the good life is affordable and not out of reach for working Minnesotans.

Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • ?Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Position based upon candidate record or extensive research

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)? Y* I believe that life begins at conception.
2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion? Y* Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for medical procedures that violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs.
3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying? Y* Euthanasia is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath.
4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education? Y* Half of Minnesota's students cannot read at grade level, this and other fundamental subjects is what schools should be teaching rather than engaging in social engineering.
5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females? Y
6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs? ?* It would depend on the program. Generally, parents want to see their public schools succeed and be reformed before they want to pull out of them altogether.
7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding? Y* Coercion should not be attempted to force people to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality? Y
9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care? Y