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A map from the Wisconsin State Legislative website showing boundaries for local, national, and state races. Following redestricting Boyd is now in U.S. House Distirct 7 while Edson remains in House District 3, while residents on the curve for Highway X south of Stanley should be aware that they are in Delmar township and thus retain similar representation. Map courtesy legis.wi.gov. CHOICES
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public health nurse in addition to being an Assembly representative, Rodriguez says she doesn’t believe anyone should have to go into debt to receive the medical care they need, pledging to improve public health as Lieutenant Governor. She asks your vote this August 9.
For those seeking a candidate for Lieutenant Governor and voting on the Republican" side of the ballot, these are the candidates, each with a brief bio and endorsements.
Lieutenant Governor Patrick Testin (Republican) Growing up in a middle-class family in small town Wisconsin, Testin learned early on the value of hard work, honesty, and compassion. Currently the Senator for the 24th Senate District of Wisconsin, Testin has the following endorsements in his primary bid for Lieutenant Governor: Wisconsin Right to Life, Milwaukee Police Association, and the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police. He asks your vote this August 9.
Lieutenant Governor Will Martin (Republican) A small business owner for over 20 years, Will Martin says he has the experience in Wisconsin’s Executive Branch to hit the ground running on day one, having previously helped lead reforms under Governors Thompson and Walker “in multiple state agencies." Calling himself “an experienced leader working for you," Martin lists liberty, election integrity, fighting identity politics and inflation along with bridging the workforce gap as among his priorities. He asks your vote this August 9.
Lieutenant Governor Kyle Yudes (Republican) Taking as his campaign slogan the words “principle over politics," Kyle Yudes lists freedom and restoring liberty as well as the Constitution, Education, Accountability, Election Integrity, and fighting Judicial Activism among the priorities he would have as lieutenant governor, Yudes asks for your vote this August 9.
Lieutenant Governor Roger Roth (Republican) Born and raised in the Fox Valley, Roger Roth is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and served multiple deployments with the Wisconsin National Guard in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently a state senator, he continues to serve with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, holding the rank of captain. He asks for your vote on August 9.
Lieutenant Governor David C. Varnam (Republican) The Mayor of Lancaster, Wisconsin, David C. Varnam was elected to the mayorship in 2016 after almost three years on the city council. Serving as well on the Grant County Economic Development Corporation and a U.S. Congressional aide, Varnam has also represented the global Christian ministry Focus on the Family. He asks for your vote on August 9.
Lieutenant Governor Cindy Werner (Republican) Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and leader in outreach for minority engagement for conservative values, Werner believes in being an election integrity advocate and is a party to the lawsuit against five Wisconsin cities “that took Zuckerberg money." She asks for your vote this August 9.
Lieutenant Governor David D. King (Republican) Running for ovce because he believes it’s time “for Wisconsin to have leaders who put the people first," Dr. David King is touted by Reid A. Pezewski, chairman of College Republicans at UW-Milwaukee, as being as a proven leader in business, member of the clergy, and community advocate. King asks your vote this August 9.
Lieutenant Governor Jonathan Wichmann (Republican) With a formal postsecondary education from Ottawa University, protecting freedom and fighting for prosperity are among the priorities of primary candidate Jonathan Wichmann. Believing that vaccines should be left to personal choice after a reported vaccine injury at age 5, Wichmann touts belief in pro-life principles and constitutional carry aligned to the Second Amendment. He asks for your vote August 9.
Secretary of State Neil Harmon (Libertarian) A native of southeast Wisconsin per an interview on the YouTube channel ‘The Lunatic Libertarian,’ Harmon says that he started as a Democrat before switching to the Republicans in 2010, then leaving the party in 2016 after becoming disillusioned with both parties. Now as vice chair of the Libertarian party, Harmon is looking to get the message out to those he thinks misunderstand the Libertarian movement. “We’re about liberty," he says. “That’s the most important thing." As such, he asks your vote this August 9.
Secretary of State Amy Lynn Loudenbeck (Republican) Introducing herself at voteamywi.com, Amy Loudenbeck is running to be Secretary of State. Saying that the ovce “has fallen into disrepair and disfavor due to neglect by Democrat Doug LaFollette, she asks your vote August 9.
Secretary of State Jay Schroeder (Republican) Endorsed by the Pro-Life WI Victory Fund PAC, Schroeder touts himself as a proven candidate. In favor of abolishing the Wisconsin Elections Commission, he won 71 percent of the GOP primary votes in a previous 2018 run, totaling 1.2 million. He hosts a website at schroederforsecretaryofstate.com, asking your vote at the polls this August 9.
Secretary of State Justin D. Schmidtka (Republican) Holding court at justinforwi.com, Justin Schmidtka is a candidate who believes in preserving the republic. A former Marine who enlisted after 9/11, Schroeder has also served as an on-call fire fighter for the Village of Howard. Holding the right to vote as “the most sacred power of the people," he would abolish the Wisconsin Elections Commission and return power to the Secretary of State in this regard. He asks your vote this August 9.
Secretary of State Doug LaFollette (Democrat) ‘Why vote for Doug?’ La Follette asks at douglafollette. com. Currently the incumbent ovceholder, Lafollette answers with several reasons. Among them is that the Secretary of State ovce is coming into focus as a battleground to save American democracy. Another to education, and still another is to ‘say no to big money,’ with La Follette pledging to listen to all the people. He asks your vote August 9.
Secretary of State Alexia Sabor (Democrat) Closing out the candidates for Secretary of State is Alexia Sabor, running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Doug La Follette. Herself the chair of the Democratic Party of Dane County, Sabor says in part that “we can’t let our democracy be undermined." More is available at saborforwi.com. She asks your vote August 9.
Shifting from Secretary of State candidates to State Treasurer, here are some brief summaries of who’s on the August 9 primary ballot.
State Treasurer Andrew Zuelke (Constitution) Running for ovce with the Constitution Party, Andrew Zuelke seeks to make the ovce “a fiscal watchdog" after the defeat of a referendum which he says would have dispersed the ovce throughout the state bureaucracy. More on Zuelke is available at www.constitu- tionpartyofwisconsin.com. Zuelke asks your vote August 9.
State Treasurer Aaron Richardson (Democrat) Hosting a website at aaronforwi.com. Aaron Richardson is running on the Democratic ticket for state treasurer, with two party opponents. He asks your vote August 9.
State Treasurer Angelito Tenorio (Democrat) Coming in with a website at www.angelitoforwi.com, Angelito Tenorio is facing Aaron Richardson and Gillian M. Battino in the August 9 primary. The winner will go on to the November election. Tenorio asks your vote this August 9.
State Treasurer Gillian M. Battino (Democrat) Hosting a website at www. gillianforwi.com, Battino says action is needed at the state and federal level to fix problems real people have. “That’s why I’m running for treasurer," she says. Battino seeks your vote August 9.
State Treasurer John S. Lieber (Republican) Standing for smaller government and calling himself a true fiscal conservative,’ Lieber keeps a web presence at www. lieberfortreasurer.com. He asks your vote this August 9.
State Treasurer Orlando Owens (Republican) Saying that he’s watched Wisconsin fall behind for too long, Owens is running to make a diuerence, including to protect small businesses and empower the workforce, as well as back law enforcement. He asks your vote August 9, with more at www.orlandoforwi.com. He asks your support at the polls this August 9.
Regarding attorney general, there are several candidates in the August 9 primary., as follows: Attorney General Eric Toney (Republican)
Keeping a web presence at erictoney.com with endorsements by Wisconsin Right to Life along with the Milwaukee Police Association among others. Running to restore the Department of Justice’s mission to fight crime support law enforcement, protect families and enforce the rule of law, Toney asks your vote this August 9.
Attorney General Karen Mueller (Republican) Introducing herself as a “Christian, constitutional and conservative attorney" with campaign website address at www.mueller4ag.com, Mueller is a civil rights attorney from Chippewa Falls. She asks your vote August 9.
Attorney General Adam Jarchow (Republican) With a web presence at adamforag.com, Republican primary candidate Adam Jarchow was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in the 2010s, passing several pro-police bills, Jarchow has practiced law for some 20 years as an attorney. He seeks your vote for attorney general this August 9.
Attorney General Josh Kaul (Democrat) As to the State Attorney General race on the Democratic side, its Josh Kaul, also the incumbent. Taking ovce in 2019, Kaul boasts of fighting crime, protecting the state’s natural resources, and defending rights. With public safety a top priority should he be reelected in November, more is contained at joshkaul.org. He asks your vote this August 9.
U.S. House and Senate
Shifting finally to the candidates for the national scene this August 9, the three races to watch locally are those for U.S. House District 3, U. S. House District 7, and the senate seat currently held by Ron Johnson, considered by many to be an energizing and/or polarizing figure, albeit for diuerent reasons.
Starting out with the U.S. House District 3 race, the race for Ron Kind’s former seat has five candidates, to be trimmed down to two for November on August 9. These are the candidates.
U.S. House District 3 Derrick Van Orden (Republican) Coming in for candidacy in District 3 as a Republican is Derrick Van Orden, formerly of Hager City and now of Prairie du Chien. Previously challenged Ron Kind in 2020, a seat that Ron Kind won but is not seeking reelection to.
A former U.S. Navy Seal, Van Orden has been outspoken about what he feels is Washington D. C.’s disconnect with the average man. Van Orden was in Washington, D. C. on January 6, 2021, attending the Stop the Steal Rally at the White House in early morning.
As to the issues, Van Orden stands for what he calls “common sense policies" to ensure the nation’s prosperity and security, as well as representing America’s foundational values and giving Wisconsinites “a reason to once again be proud of their leaders." With this in mind and more at www.vanordenforcongress.com, he asks your vote August 9.
As to those looking for the Democratic party nomination for District 3 to face ou with Van Orden in November, there are four ballot candidates, with incumbent Ron Kind not seeking reelection, as stated before. These are the four candidates.
U.S. House District 3 Rebecca Cooke (Democrat) Writing in her own words rather than those of a Washington insider, Rebecca Cooke shared some of her vision for District 3 if elected to Congress.
Among the priorities Cooke would have is healing the healthcare system, creating an economy for working families, and fighting for the farmer as “America’s original entrepreneur." Regarding fixing the healthcare system, Cooke wants to expand Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing, as well as addressing antitrust issues. She would also take on prescription drug companies and work to improve the Affordable Care Act, while annually lowering the age seniors can start receiving Medicare benefits. With these things in mind, she asks your vote on August 9.
U.S. House District 3 Deb McGrath (Democrat) Also running on the Democratic side of the ballot this primary election is Deb McGrath. Having served for 25 years in the Army, State Department and the CIA, McGrath is also a mother and a wife, who understands who families need to thrive in Wisconsin. Pledging to fight for auordable healthcare as well as dependable infrastructure and common sense support to Wisconsin businesses and farms, McGrath can be found at www.debmcgrathforcongress.com. She asks your vote in the August 9 primary.
U.S. House District 3 Mark A. Neumann (Democrat) Keeping a web presence at www.markneumannforcongress.com, candidate Mark Neumann thinks its time for honest campaigns, peace, free higher education, worker’s rights, clean energy, Medicare for all, and family farms, to name a few.
Serving as a Franciscan brother for 20 years, and now at LaCrosse as a member of the Common Council, Neumann believes that it is “best to lead from the front" and also in Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg, that America as a “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." As such, Neumann seeks your vote August 9.
U.S. House District 3 Brad Pfau (Democrat) Finally for the list of candidates in District 3, Brad Pfau learned at a young age that tough challenges require pulling together to get things done. A farm kid from the La Crosse area, Pfau thinks that “too many people in Washington have forgotten that getting things done for us is their job." Regarding priorities if elected, Pfau lists Broadband alongside things like healthcare and a strong economy. “Slow or non-existent internet has become a fact of life for too many rural residents," Pfau says. “It needs to become a thing of the past." Using his passion and knowledge on the issue of broadband to bring reliable internet to the area should he make it to Washington, Pfau asks your vote August 9, that he might advance to the November election and have a shot at District 3 representative.
Shifting from District 3 to District 7, here are the names on the ballot.
U.S. House District 7 Richard Dick Ausman (Democrat) Stating that his heart is heavy with the toll of war placed on the Ukrainian people, Ausman goes on to say that healthcare is a right, looking to expand healthcare access and eliminate worry as to people needing to change jobs for fear of losing healthcare coverage. “People should not have to make those types of decisions," says Ausman. “They are being failed." As such, he asks your vote August 9.
U.S. House District 7 David W. Kunelius II (Republican) Calling himself a lifelong Republican who has become “absolutely disgusted" by the behavior of politicians in Washington, Kunelius II is running for District 7 in the August 9 primary. Among his beliefs is that politics “should be about competing ideas, intelligent discourse, and compromise. Stating that many elected officials disagree, Kunelius says its time for the people to take a stand and demand more from elected ovcials. He seeks your vote August 9.
U.S. House District 7 Tom Tiuany (Republican) Standing once again for the seat he was first elected to in the wake of predecessor Sean Duuy’s resignation, Representative Tom Tiuany is facing a contested Republican primary. Married with three children, Tiuany represented Wisconsin Senate District 12 prior to serving as U.S. representative for District 7.
As to performance on the issues, Tiuany most recently voted ‘no’ on H. R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, as well as voting ‘nay’ on the passage of HR 8404 – Respect for Marriage Act, which passed in the House and seeks to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act from 1996. A full voting record is available at justfacts. votesmart.org.
Shifting from District 7 to the U. S. Senate, these are the candidates this August 9. U. S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican) Running for a third term in the U.S. Senate, incumbent Ron Johnson was first elected in 2010. Professing himself 100 percent committed to fighting for conservative values Johnson grew up on a farm, with this factoring into his hard work ethic. Obtaining early admittance to the University of Minnesota, Johnson skipped his senior year of high school and graduated with a BSB – Accounting degree in 1977.
As to the issues, Johnson has faced controversy and questions from the media regarding January 6, 2021 and his statements in relation to it.
As to other matters, Johnson recently signed on to a joint letter sent to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen along with three others, blaming the current inflation on a COVID spending bill last year and stating that “we have repeatedly warned of the inflation crisis caused by exorbitant government spending and urged the Biden administration to act." As such, Johnson seeks your vote August 9.
U. S. Senator David Schroeder (Republican) Calling himself the alternative to Ron Kind, meanwhile, David Schroeder describes himself as a “semi-retired civil servant" with an M. A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee, a B. S. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin, and a minor in Ed- ucation from Marquette University. Running in large part due to disgust over Johnson’s representation at Washington, Schroeder asks for your vote August 9, with more available at www.davidschroederforussenate.com.
On the Democratic side of the partisan primary ballot, meanwhile, are several names. Those names, are as follows: U. S. Senator Mandela Barnes (Democrat) Currently serving as Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor, Mandela Barnes is looking to the Senate for his next political ovce. Endorsed in turn by Senator Cory Booker, Jim Clyburn, and many others including national, state and local leaders as well as ordinary folks, Barnes includes among his priorities those of fighting inflation and lowering taxes, reproductive justice (meaning to abolish the senate filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make contraception free and widely available), along with moves to strengthen unions and Wisconsin’s family farms. As such, Barnes asks your vote August 9, with more at mandelabarnes. com. U. S. Senator Kou C. Lee (Democrat) Introducing himself at leeforwisconsin.com, the second candidate looking to advance to November and face Ron Johnson makes a pledge to voters. “I shall make no attempt to win this election by pitting people against each other, playing identity politics, spewing hate or sowing discord," Lee says. “That is a cancer polluting our discourse and sickening our democracy." Saying in turn that America is too important to the world to let this happen, Lee asks your vote on August 9.
U. S. Senator Peter Peckarsky (Democrat) Appearing at the Democratic State Convention last month, Peter Pecharsky declared that he believed in the autonomy of women and girls, was “outraged" at the illegalities that would deny them of the protections of the U.S. Constitution, stating in turn that he would vote to codify Roe v. Wade if elected. Hearkening back to the Bush era, Pecharsky brought up election results in Ohio, stating, “and the winner put two people on the Supreme Court." Then citing statistics implying that Hillary Clinton was denied 70 electoral votes in 2016. “And the winner put three people on the Supreme Court," he said. With more information available at pecharskyforwisconsin. com, he asks for your vote August 9. U. S. Senator Steven Olikara (Democrat) Also running in the August 9 partisan primary to advance to November and face Ron Johnson, Steven Olikara is the son of Indian immigrants, and on a mission to ensure dignity for all. “It’s time to create a form of politics that is more honest and inclusive," he says. “Together, we can put Wisconsin and its people first." With a full platform at www.stevenolikara.com, Olikara asks for your vote at the August 9.
U. S. Senator Darrell Williams (Democrat) Too poor to be born in a hospital but birthed instead by a midwife in the backwoods surrounded by cotton fields in Abbeville, Mississippi, Williams says he learned the value of hard work and discipline as a child working in the field, making two dollars for every 100 pounds of cotton. One of six children, he strongly supports increasing the minimum wage from his own experience and that of family. He seeks your vote August 9, with more at williamsworksforwisconsin. com Finally, appearing on the ballot for U. S. Senator on the Democratic ticket but withdrawn from the race are Alex Lasry, Sarah Godlewski and Tom Nelson. All three have endorsed Barnes as the man to replace Senator Ron Johnson at Washington.