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WEAC recommends education-friendly candidates in special elections
WEAC is recommending candidates who prioritize students and public school. Here is a look at recommendations so far.
WEAC Board recommends Josh Kaul for Attorney General:
The WEAC Board of Directors, concurring with the WEAC Political Action Committee, is recommending Josh Kaul for Wisconsin Attorney General.
WEAC’s PAC said it recommends Kaul for his keen understanding of the appropriate role of Attorney General, including:
- Ensuring full access to the ballot box in Wisconsin;
- Enforcing Wisconsin’s consumer protection and environmental protection laws; and
- Upholding the constitutional responsibility and authority concerning labor law.
Kaul is an attorney with Wisconsin’s Perkins Coie law firm, focusing on voting-rights and other election-related matters. Kaul holds a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Yale University and a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Kaul, who attended public schools while growing up in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac, is the son of the late Peg Lautenschlager. He dismisses arming teachers as a solution to school safety. He also takes a firm stance against weakening environmental laws to advance corporate profits, which endangers Wisconsin’s future.
WEAC LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
This list of WEAC-recommended legislative candidates is published for WEAC members only. You must enter the password WEAC to assert that you are a WEAC member and to see the list. Click HERE for a list of WEAC State Senate and State Assembly recommendations.
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
Congratulations, Caleb Frostman!
WEAC-recommended candidate Caleb Frostman won election to Senate District 1 in a special election on June 12. His victory attracted national attention because Frostman, a Democrat, won in a district that went for Donald Trump by more than 17 points two years ago and for Scott Walker by 23 points in 2014. The district has been held by Republicans for over 40 years. Frostman will replace Republican Frank Lasee who resigned to take a job in the Walker administration. Frostman’s victory reduces the Republican majority in the Senate to 18-15. In recommending Frostman, of Sturgeon Bay, WEAC noted that he:
- Supports investments in our public schools and technical colleges.
- Advocates for affordable healthcare and childcare for Wisconsin workers.
- Is a product of Wisconsin’s public schools and universities.
- Is former Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, with experience in commercial real estate finance.
WEAC-recommended candidate Ann Groves Lloyd of Lodi lost in her bid for the Assembly District 42 seat in the June 12 special election. Because both these were special elections, the seats will be up for election again in November.
“Wisconsin educators are fired up, and we have a real chance to elect more senators who value public schools to the State Senate this year,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “If Democrats pick up two more Senate seats this fall, they will take back the majority and restore democracy rather than what we’ve seen in the reign of this governor and his followers.”
Nine Republican senators are being challenged in the fall elections, and Democrats are challenging Republicans in 91 of the 99 Assembly seats up for election this fall.
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.
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