Shawano County Dems – May, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES
So far there are four candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election.

Sarah Godlewski will be speaking at our May 19th meeting.  She is a small business woman and our State Treasurer.  She is running to fix Ron Johnson’s mess and get Washington laser-focused on the kitchen table issues facing Wisconsin families.   www.sarahforwisconsin.com.

Tom Nelson has been the Outagamie County Executive since 2011. He previously spent six years in the Wisconsin Assembly. He believes we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously.  www.nelsonforwi.com

Alex Lasry is a businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.  He served in the Obama White House.  Alex is running to bring a new way of thinking to Washington and deliver real results for Wisconsinites.  www.alexlasry.com

Gillian Battino is a radiologist from Wausau.  She spent more than 20 years in medicine and public service.  She wants to use her empathy to build a brighter future for all of Wisconsin.  www.battinoforsenate.us
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JILL UNDERLY SIGN SITES

Let’s get those signs out there!

City of Shawano:  Dan Poels
134 Lafayette St.
920-562-5607

Gresham:  Kate Dillenberg
700 Industrial St.
715-853-2526

Wittenberg:  Bill Switalla
508 S. Webb St.
715-253-2052

Marion:  Dan Mantsch
613 N. Marion St.
715-326-124

Bonduel:  Dan Weidner
112 S. Elm St.
715-250-1212

PHONE BANKING

We can’t knock doors in Shawano County but we can make some phone calls and talk to neighbors about the importance of this election.  All we ask is for an hour and a half of your time during the next two weeks.

Sign up by clicking on the link below and organizer Nick Morgan will reach out with Zoom links for a half hour of training before you begin calling.   You can email him at nickm@wisdems.org with any questions.

Saturday, 3/27: https://secure.ngpvan.com/gZaPBB2_BkKtR_IXCWFy5w2
Sunday, 3/28: https://secure.ngpvan.com/B8p5fLhmyUyxnHUkjkiYlQ2
Saturday, 4/3: https://secure.ngpvan.com/LANLguSLh0CxhwGT0-DypA2
Sunday, 4/4: https://secure.ngpvan.com/Th8oFqrKJUaHCikPl2LdBw2
Monday, 4/5: https://secure.ngpvan.com/evSxKqRJlUOL7lMU-QwEuA2
Tuesday, 4/6: https://secure.ngpvan.com/sKXk0-pzo0GNnfzgEqDmfQ2

GET YOUR SIGNS

Yard signs for Jill Underly for Superintendint of Public Instruction and Rick Cveykus for the Wisonsin Court of Appeals for District 3 are now available.  If you have a good location or know someone who does, get your sign this weekend at one of these locations:
City of Shawano: Dan Poels Call or text 920-562-5607
Bonduel:  Dan Weidner Text 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Kate Dillenburg Text or call 715-853-2526
Wittenberg: Bill Switalla Call or text 715-253-2052
Marian:  Dan Mantsch Call 715-326-1245Spread the word by putting up a sign.

Chair’s Comments

It is uplifting to have both a governor and now a president who have our best interests in mind.
COVID relief is a prime example of what our Democratic leaders can do to help people.  The passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is such a contrast to the state Republicans who did nothing for 288 days in 2020 to help Wisconsinites.  Evers’ 2021-2023 budget has provisions for further relief.

Even though it has been proven the 2020 election results were accurate, the “Big Lie” continues to be a talking point among some Republicans, including our own senator, Ron Johnson. They are using this lie as a reason for passing more voter suppression legislation in states across the country including Wisconsin.  We need to continue to be vigilant and let our representatives know that we wanted it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.

The Senate will soon be taking up the For the People Act (H.R 1) which has already been passed by the House of representatives.  It would expand voting rights, get money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering.  We need to keep the pressure on our state and federal representatives to support these ideas.

The spring primary is an opportunity for you to show your support for public education.  A vote for Jill Underly will allow Governor Evers to implement his vision for a return to a strong public education system in Wisconsin.  You can request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov.  Ballots will be sent out by March 16th.  Early in-person voting will begin on March 23rd.  Exercise your right!

Don’t’ hesitate to contact us with your ideas or concerns.

Jan Koch, Chair  (March 2021)

SPRING PRIMARY

There are two crucial elections on the ballot April 6th.  Jill Underly is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Her current position is public school superintendent but she has been involved in all facets of public education (www.underlyforwi.com).  Rick Cveykus is on the ballot for WI Court of Appeals District 3 (www.rickforwi.com).  He is currently an attorney in Wausau.
Yard signs for these candidates will be available in the following locations beginning March 13th:City of Shawano:

Dan Poels Call or text 920-562-5607
Bonduel:  Dan Weidner Text 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Kate Dillenburg Text or call 715-853-2526
Wittenberg: Bill Switalla Call or text 715-253-2052
Marian:  Dan Mantsch Call 715-326-1245
Get your signs and spread the word.

Vote Absentee This Spring Election!

April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters –  If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voters, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2021.

April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Indefinitely Confined – If a voter is indefinitely confined  your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.

April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Military – If a voter is in the military then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.

March 23, 2021, possibly through April 4, 2021 – Deadline for In-Person Absentee – Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 4, 2021.  Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours. 

EARLY VOTING FOR SPRING PRIMARY

Absentee ballots have already gone out for those who have requested ballots.  If you haven’t received yours, contact your municipal clerk.  In person voting begins on Tuesday, February 2nd.  Contact your clerk for times.
Election Day is Tuesday, February 16th.

Those residing in the Shawano School District are encouraged to vote for fellow Shawano Dem member Robin Raber Bergeron for school board. Go to our website at http://shawano.wiscdems.com and scroll down to see a list of candidates and * by those that are recommended.

Democratic Party of Shawano County Election of Officers Results

Shawano County Democrats held their Election of Officers recently. Newly elected officer results include Patty Luff filling the Second Vice Chair (and membership) position and Carrie Pitt replacing longtime Treasurer Bob Koch. We wish to welcome them as well as wish them well on their new positions.

We would also like to thank Denise Riley and Bob Koch who previously served in those positions. Kudos also goes to Kathy Nodolf who recently stepped down as our Facebook administrator.

Election of Officers Results

Jan Koch, Chair

Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair

Patty Luff, 2nd Vice Chair (Membership)

Jan Schreiber, Secretary

Carrie Pitt, Treasurer

Seven Candidates File to Run for State Schools Superintendent

Court of Appeals Candidates

3rd Court of Appeals

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Primary Elections Are Coming Soon

Before you know it we will be involved in another campaign season.  There will be primaries on February 16th for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the District 3 Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  Even though these are nonpartisan positions, it is important that we have the right people elected.

At our January 20th Zoom meeting we will have two of the seven candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Jill Underly is a member of the Iowa County Democratic Party.  Her website is www.underlyforwi.com.

Shelia Briggs website is https://www.briggsforkids.com/.  She is the current Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Go to their websites to learn about them and download their nomination papers.   Each of them would like help in getting signatures.  You can only sign one of the candidate’s nomination papers.  Signing does not commit you to vote for them.

Aaron Loudenslager, an Attorney from Antigo, is one of three candidates for the Court of Appeals.  His website is https://loudenslagerforwisconsincourtofappeals.com/. If you want to learn about his views you can read this:  recent press release.  You can sign his nomination papers by clicking here: LoudenslagerNominationPaper.pdf.

In the spring elections we will also elect local municipal representatives including school board members.  If you are interested in running for office, you need to contact the Shawano County Clerk or go on-line and get nomination papers.  Contact your school district’s main office for school board positions.  Filing deadline is January 5th.

Let me know if you have any questions.  There are excellent no-cost on-line trainings that you are welcome to attend.

Have a very Merry Christmas.
Jan Koch, Chair
Democratic Party of Shawano County
715-296-6726 (cell)