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.
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.
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
The next (virtual) Shawano Dems meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. We will not have a speaker but we will be celebrating our victory, Everyone will have an opportunity to say what is on their mind with the election results and what lies ahead. We won’t have refreshments, but we can all have our beverage of choice at hand.
This will be our Annual Meeting so we will have the election of officers for January, 2021 through December, 2022. Here is the Zoom link. I will be sending out the Zoom link again next week
Our speaker will be Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. His topic will be “How to Talk to Our Fellow Citizens.” He will speak about the political race as he sees it, voter suppression and the need to root our racism.
If you haven’t used it before, go to http://www.zoom.com to register. The link will be sent out again on Wednesday.
WAYS TO VOTE
Early voting starts on Tuesday, October 20th and ends Friday October 30th. If you have requested an absentee ballot, you can mail it in or you can take it to your municipal clerk until 8:00 pm on November 3rd. The City of Shawano and the Town of Wescott have the only drop boxes which accept ballots in Shawano County.
CITY OF SHAWANO EARLY VOTINGADDRESS
127 South Sawyer St.
CITY OF SHAWANO, WI
Our August 19th meeting will be held at 7:00 pm outside the office at 1404 E. Green Bay St. Enter the driveway across from Perkins and angle park on the side of the building. Bring a lawn chair and face-mask. Signs will be available for pick up. If it rains, you will be sent a Zoom link.
Speakers include Steve Menard, who will talk about voting security, and Independent District Attorney candidate Aaron Damrau.
The Shawano Dems will be painting signs on Wednesday, August 12th at Koch residence on the west shore of Shawano Lake. We will be painting the base coat from 10:00-12:00 am. Richard Sarnwick and Amanda Stuck will be there to help.
Around 2:00 pm we will be spray painting the lettering which should take a few hours.
If you can help out, send Jan Koch an email or call/text at 715-296-6726 telling what time you can come. She will respond with her address.
Several area candidates attended the Shawano Dems July monthly membership meeting last night. The candidates were invited to the virtual meeting to speak about why they are running for their particular office and what their positions on various issues are if they are elected.
The first speaker wasEd Vocke. Vocke comes from a small business in the Minocqua area and is running for the State Senate seat in District 12. He says he decided to run because he was tired of what Tom Tiffany was doing. He outlined four main concerns he has that he feels are important that affect the citizens of Northern Wisconsin:
Clean Water and mining.
Broadband Internet in rural areas
Untie Healthcare from employment
Our second speaker was Simon Moesch. Simon is 22 years old and decided to run to forward the voices of the younger generation in District 6 of the State Assembly. Important issues to him include:
Increase the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour
Increase school funding
Curriculum Reform in our schools
Increase resources to our Veterans
The night’s last speaker was Richard Sarnwick. Sarnwick was a Medical Physician in our area and is also running for State Assembly District 6. He says he is running because: “He believes in having a Progressive Wisconsin again”. He believes Walker and the Republicans destroyed the Teachers Unions as well as other State Unions, had the Foxconn deal and refused the money for the high-speed rail system. Sarnwick’s concerns include:
Healthcare – He would like to expand BadgerCare
Rural High-Speed Internet, full coverage at an affordable price.
Since he retired in January he says he can dedicate full-time to the position.
Note: The meeting opened up with the introduction of Aiden Johnson, Regional Communications Associate who spoke to the group about his duties and some of the plans for the future.
The Shawano County Democrats held their monthly meeting last night (June 17) via Zoom. Rep. Amanda Stuck (57th Assembly District) was the guest speaker. Rep. Stuck is running in the November election to unseat Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher in Wisconsin’s 8th District.
Comments included why she decided to run for the 8th District Seat as well as legislation she would like to see acted on for the future of America.
If you didn’t have a chance to march with the 350 activists in the Shawano rally this week, here is a chance for you to show your convictions. On June 7th a march starts at Leicht Memorial Park in Green Bay with sign making and opening remarks from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The march will last until 2:00 pm. Wear black and bring your mask. Continue reading →
In the spring election a record number of voters cast absentee ballots contributing to the election of Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court Justice. To keep everyone safe in the November election, it is recommended that voters request absentee ballots. You can do that easily by going to www.myvote.wi.gov or by requesting a form and then mailing it back to your municipal clerk. You will need to submit a photo of your Wisconsin driver license or ID card. If you have questions or problems, contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 608-336-3232 . Now is the best time to complete the request.