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Shawn Rundblade wants to get the word out early: He's challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner for his 5th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives next year.

To that end, Rundblade, a Waukesha resident since 2016, is hosting a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave. According to a news release, Rundblade will use the event to introduce himself, outline his ideas and stances and have an "open discussion" with voters. The topics, according to the release, will include healthcare, immigration, internet privacy, social equality and education.

The library is not sponsoring the event. Anyone interested in donating to Rundblade's campaign should do so through his campaign website, www.shawn2018.com.

The 5th Congressional District includes portions of Waukesha, Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, Mequon and New Berlin, among others, and some communities in Jefferson County as well. Sensenbrenner, a Republican, has held a congressional seat since 1979.

According to the release, Rundblade – who made an unsuccessful write-in bid for a seat on the Waukesha School Board earlier this month – is running as a Democrat. He describes himself on his website as an "average American fighting for people just like me."

Space at the meet-and-greet is limited to a maximum of 96 persons per fire code and library policies.

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