CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR
The race for governor is becoming more competitive. Thus far seven candidates have announced their bid with the possibility of others joining them. Democratic candidates making appearances thus far in Shawano County include Mike McCabe, Andy Gronik and Kathleen Vinehout.
Candidate Bob Harlow will be at the October 18th Shawano Dems’ meeting. His professional work has used his knowledge of physics to write computer software. If elected governor, he says he would bring innovation to the governor’s office. He has an 8 point plan for Wisconsin. Some of it involves attracting better paying jobs, improving internet accessibility and building roadways to last. Harlow will be speaking at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.
More candidates will be invited to future meetings.
THREE CANDIDATES COMING TO SHAWANO
The race for a Democratic governor is on. In the next month, three of the candidates will be visiting Shawano County.
On Monday, September 18, Mike McCabe will be at the Civic Center in Shawano from 6:00-8:00 pm. The Exploring Now Book Club has invited him to come to discuss his book, Blue Jeans in High Places, The Coming Makeover of American Politics. Even if you haven’t read his book, you are invited to witness the discussion of the progressive ideas that are presented in his book.
On Wednesday, September 20, Andy Gronik will be speaking at the Civic Center at 7:00 pm ahead of the Shawano Dems’ meeting. Andy is a businessman who believes he has the ideas to make Wisconsin a global leader with good-paying jobs in science, technology, manufacturing, and agriculture.
The third candidate, Senator Kathleen Vinehaut, is from Buffalo County. Senator Vinehaut will be the keynote speaker at the Shawano Dems’ Fall Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, October 7, at the Shawano Lake Golf Course. She has been traveling the state talking about her alternative budget which uses taxpayer money in a manner which is fair to all Wisconsinites.
POLITICAL HISTORY OF SHAWANO COUNTY
At the next meeting of the Shawano Dems, local resident Ellen Ramlet will have a presentation which will reflect the research she has done for the Shawano Historical Society on the political history of Shawano and Shawano County. The meeting will be on August 16th at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm.
Also speaking at the meeting will be Beau Liegeois, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District in the 2018 election. Beau is a Assistant District Attorney in Green Bay. He is also a reservist in the WI National Guard.
July 19th Meeting
The next meeting of the Shawano Dems will be held at the Mohican Veterans Lodge at W12790 County Road A near Bowler. Speakers include Nikki Javarek, a surrogate for the Tammy Baldwin campaign, and Angel Montes, Community Outreach Director for the Democratic Party of WI. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm. If you wish to car pool, call Jan at 715-526-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be meeting at 6:05 pm and leaving from the Civic Center parking lot promptly at 6:10 pm.
One Wisconsin Now is a progressive voice on many issues. It’s Executive Director, Scot Ross, will speak at our June 21st meeting about the Voter ID law which is being challenged in the courts. He will also give us some messaging training so that when we want to persuade others, we will be more effective in our conversations. He will speak at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.
If you want to participate in one action every week, the internet site is: onewisconsinnow.org/rebellion.
Mike McCabe will be speaking at two events in Shawano County on Wednesday, March 17th. His first stop will be at the Historic Depot in Eland where a pot luck will be held at 5:00 pm. He will speak at 5:30pm and then travel to the Shawano Civic Center where he will speak at 7:15 pm. The public in invited to attend.
McCabe is the founder of a nonpartisan group, Blue Jean Nation. He is the author of the book Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics. Blue Jean Nation works to promote the transformation of the democratic institutions that are failing America and reinvigorate our republic through community outreach, civic education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy and social action.
SPEAKERS AND A MOVIE
January 18th: Environmental concerns are abundant both locally and nationally. We will be having Native American speakers address the following topics at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)
- The Menominee Nation is concerned about the ground water issues that could affect Wisconsin if gold and other metals are allowed to be extracted in open pit and shaft mines.
- Many of the local Native Americans have visited Standing Rock in North Dakota and we will hear about their experiences.
Come and learn more about these topics.
February 15th: The movie “Requiem for the American Dream” will be shown to the public at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center. Naom Chomsky, one of America’s most important thinkers, narrates the ten principles that have brought our county to its present state. It traces the origins of our democracy and how it has evolved through history.
Following the showing there will be a discussion of the ideas in the film and their importance for future Democratic goals.
The state party has been hiring several new organizers who will help with the Nov. election. Becky Dickman is a field organizer for the Tom Nelson campaign. Meg Sievert is an organizer for the northern part of the 8th Congressional District. You will have an opportunity to meet them at the membership meeting on July 20. They will be speaking at 7:00 pm. at the Civic Center.
Several people have declared their candidacy for the November election.
Tom Nelson is running for the 8th Congressional District’s open seat. He is currently the County Executive for Outagamie County.
John Powers will seek to unseat Robert Cowles for the 2nd State Senate District. John is a retired teacher who previously ran for the 6th District Assembly seat.
Dave Polashek would like to represent the 12th State Senate District which includes the Shawano County townships of Washington and Green Valley and the village of Cecil. He is the past superintendent of the Oconto Falls School District.
William Switalla is wanting to defeat Gary Tauchen in the 6th Assembly District. He is a businessman who is on the Shawano County Board and the president of the Village of Wittenburg.
It’s Election Time
April 5th is just around the corner and the excitement is growing.
Not only are Presidential candidates being chosen but there are also other races. Two candidates who are challenging existing county board members are Roger Miller from District 20 (township of Bartelme, part of Red Springs and the village of Bowler) and Tom Madsen from District 20 (parts of the townships of Herman and Red Springs and the village of Gresham). William J. Switalla is running for re-election from District 24. Justice JoAnne Kloppengburg has emerged as one of the two candidates who be on the ballot as a Supreme Court Judge. She vows to be non-partisan, independent and free from special interests. Be sure and vote!