Richard Sarnwick

Richard Sarnwick
Candidate For Assembly District 06

Richard Sarnwick

Candidate Background

Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

n6094 Opperman Way, Shawano, WI 54166

Phone Number: 
920-461-2705

Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Dick Sarnwick moved to the area in 1990 with his wife, Gail, drawn by the quality of life, the clean water and air, and the opportunity to work as a rural doctor caring for people from every walk of life, farmers to small business owners, teachers to those in the local tourism economy. As years passed, the qualities that first drew Dick to Shawano began to decline. Which is why he's running for State Assembly District 6

This, his first campaign for political office, was undertaken with much thought of what he could do to help turn the tide in the right direction. His goal is a healthy future for the area and for Wisconsin, made possible only when there is a healthy economy, healthy environment, and healthy community. He believes there is no reason this area should be left out of progress.

Dick was a member of the academic staff and a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late 1970s, before attending medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated with honors in biochemistry and then went on to complete his internship at Northwest General Hospital in Milwaukee. He spent six years serving in the Naval Air Reserves during those college years. After his internship, Dick worked for the Milwaukee Public Health Service for two years, caring for the medically underserved on the city's north side. From 1985-1990, Dick operated a family practice clinic in Gillett.

That experience made him acutely aware of the many challenges business owners face, including providing adequate health insurance and a living wage for employees and navigating the bureaucracies of state and federal government. Previously, Dick served as chief of staff at Shawano Medical Center. Today he serves patients from throughout the district in his family medical practice at Aurora Health Services Clinic. Over the years, he's taught and mentored medical students from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, working with students in a rural setting. During his medical career, he has delivered babies, worked in emergency rooms, and taken care of the elderly and disabled in their homes and nursing homes.

When he's not seeing patients, he's seeing to the health of the community by serving as president of the non-profit Shawano Farmers' Market. His free time is also filled with hunting, fishing, biking, and occasionally picking up his bagpipe or fiddle. He and Gail, a retired teacher, make their home in the country just west of Shawano. Their three grown children and two grandchildren all live in Wisconsin.