During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said there are children in his hometown who face challenges accessing remote lessons because there isn’t high-speed internet available.
“I think we have a lot of talk about it, but at the end of the day let’s set some signposts and let’s reach those signposts and make it happen,” he said.
Oberacker, who has been a volunteer firefighter and paramedic, wants to boost fire departments and emergency medical services. He became emotional recalling the day he heard a call come over the scanner about an agricultural accident at a farm where his son worked. He later learned that his son was seriously injured.
While he was concerned about his son, he also realized that the local EMS unit was having difficulty finding a driver who could get an ambulance to the scene.
“We have to look at our first responders,” he said. “How can we make that more desirable and just an easier process to get folks back into it?”
He knows that following Seward won’t be an easy task, but he’s encouraged that the senator’s staff has agreed to stay on if he’s elected to the Senate. He says it would be “foolish” not to utilize their experience and that it would be one way to continue Seward’s legacy.
If Oberacker is elected to the Senate, he will appreciate that new title. But he also enjoys another title: “PopPop.” His daughter and her wife recently welcomed a baby daughter.