WEAC recommends education-friendly candidates in special elections
WEAC is recommending candidates who prioritize students and public schools in the June 12 special election and Congressional and U.S. Senate elections in November. Here is a look at recommendations so far.
JUNE 12 SPECIAL ELECTION
Senate District 1: Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay
- Supports investments in our public schools and technical colleges.
- Advocates for affordable healthcare and childcare for Wisconsin workers.
- A product of Wisconsin’s public schools and universities.
- Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, with experience in commercial real estate finance.
Assembly District 42: Ann Groves Lloyd of Lodi
- Believes Wisconsin should work to provide health care to all.
- Supports protections to our environment and natural resources.
- Earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at UW-Madison.
- UW-Madison Director of Career Services with experience as adviser, career services director and associate dean, as well as an alderperson on the Lodi Common Council.
NOVEMBER 6 GENERAL ELECTION
CD 1: No endorsement until after primary
- There are two candidates, Randy Bryce and Cathey Myers. WEAC will work leading up to the election to inform members about each candidates’ stance on public education.
CD 2: Mark Pocan
- Opposes unaccountable voucher and charter schools
- Believes our public schools are the great equalizer in this nation
- Has a vision and plan for restoring democracy in Wisconsin
CD 3 – Ron Kind
- 22 years of experience in supporting and advancing public education policy
- Introduced the College Affordability Action Plan to ensure access to an affordable education
- Has a vision and plan for restoring democracy in Wisconsin
CD 4 – Gwen Moore
- Strong track record as an advocate for public education
- Understands the positive effects of dedicated educators, early childhood and adequate funding
- Opposes privately run charter schools because they lack accountability to families and taxpayers
CD 5 – No recommendation until after primary
- Ramon Hyron Garcia, Democrat
- Tom Palzewicz, Democrat
- Jim Sensenbrenner – Incumbent, Republican
- Jennifer Vipond – Republican
- Kris Riley, Independent
CD 6 – Dan Kohl
- Believes public service makes a huge difference in people’s lives and a champion of labor
- Will fight for high-quality education and accessible, affordable health care for everyone
- A champion of environmental stewardship and regional economic growth
CD 7 – No endorsement until after primary
- David Beeksma, Democrat
- Margaret Engebretson, Democrat
- Brian Ewert, Democrat
- Kyle Frenette , Democrat
- Bob Look, Democrat
- D.F. Paulaha, Democrat
- Sean Duffy – Republican
CD 8 – No recommendation until after primary
- Beau Liegeois, Democrat
- Mike Gallagher, Incumbent, Republican
U.S. SENATE (NOVEMBER 6)
Tammy Baldwin, Democrat
- Proven partner of education who led efforts for new federal education law
- Supports bipartisan efforts to increase educational opportunities for all students
- Advocates for complete approach to education, from early education to career and tech ed
2018 Spring Election Results:
Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet – recommended by the WEAC Board – won a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. WEAC had cited Dallet’s 10 years of judicial experience, support for the role of unions in the workplace, and support for public education as a core value. Dallet, who won with 56% of the vote, will be seated in August.
Voters also overwhelmingly decided to keep the State Treasurer’s Office, a position supported by public education advocates. The vote to eliminate the State Treasurer’s Office was 61% to 39%.
“The pendulum is swinging back to Democracy; it’s time and we’re not slowing down,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “Wisconsin educators voted with their students in mind, and we’ll always vote for our students. Next up are June’s long-awaited special elections in Senate District 1 (eastern Wisconsin) and Assembly District 42 (south-central Wisconsin) and then the important November General Election, which includes the governor’s race.”
Wisconsin educators recommended Rebecca Dallet for the Supreme Court based on her qualifications including 21 years of experience on the bench, another sign that voters are soundly rejecting the Scott Walker agenda, Martin said. “Social studies teachers like me join voters across the state in taking the first steps to returning to three separate branches of government and Democracy,” Martin said.
School Referendums: Also on April 3, voters decided 66 local school referendums, and results indicated voters were overwhelmingly supportive of spending for public school improvements. The five largest referendums in the state passed – $65 million Chippewa Falls, $60 million in D.C. Everest, $48 million in River Falls, $32.5 million (two referendums) in Sparta, and $32 million in Plymouth. Of the nine largest referendums, seven passed. Of 66 total referendums, 55, or 83%, passed.
School Boards: Many local associations were successful in helping to get pro-public education candidates elected to school boards, like the Menomonie Education Association, which saw its three recommended candidates win. Evansville teacher and ESP members removed three incumbents with three association-recommended candidates. And, in Monona Grove, the local won three of three seats.
Read more about the spring election:
Here are a few quick thoughts on Tuesday’s spring general election results: 1. Gov. Scott Walker got the message – loud and clear: The biggest losers in the state on Tuesday were the St. Louis Cardinals ( walk-off homer by Ryan Braun), the Boston Celtics ( swatted away by Giannis) and Walker.
MADISON – Rebecca Dallet bested Michael Screnock Tuesday for a seat on the state Supreme Court, shrinking the court’s conservative majority and giving Democrats a jolt of energy heading into the fall election. It marked the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate who wasn’t an incumbent won a seat on the high court.
Wisconsin will continue to employ a state treasurer after voters rejected a call to eliminate the position Tuesday. Republicans said the position is unnecessary, but backers argued it is an important check on other elected officials.
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.