Democratic Party Primary

In the August 14 partisan primary, you may vote for candidates from only ONE party for all offices. This page includes ALL Democratic Party candidates for ALL offices on the ballot for Dane County voters. The offices appear in the same order as on the ballot, and you can use these links to jump to a specific race: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, US Senator, US Representative to Congress (District 2), Wisconsin Senators for odd-numbered seats, Wisconsin Assembly Representatives, Dane County Sheriff and Dane County Clerk of Courts


Governor - Democratic

Four-year term

Candidates:

Andy Gronik [has withdrawn his candidacy]
Matt Flynn
Tony Evers
Josh Pade
Mike McCabe
Mahlon Mitchell
Kelda Helen Roys
Paul R. Soglin

Kathleen Vinehout
Dana Wachs
[has withdrawn his candidacy]


Andy Gronik

Andy Gronik withdrew his candidacy on June 21, 2018.


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Matt Flynn

Milwaukee, WI 53211
campaign@forwardwithflynn.com
forwardwithflynn.com
Facebook: Matt Flynn
Twitter: @forwardwflynn

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My top priority is rescinding the disastrous Foxconn deal, because we cannot move Wisconsin Forward again as long as we are paying them $4.5 billion. As a business attorney with over 40 years of experience, taking on some of Wisconsin’s toughest cases, I am uniquely qualified to bring litigation to rescind the contract. My other priorities are raising wages and investing in education, health care, and roads.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Like most Wisconsinites I recognize that citizens have a right to bear arms. However, as a veteran, I know how military-style assault weapons work. There are no logical reasons for civilians to have access to these weapons. We need sensible gun safety laws, including a ban on military-style weapons and universal background checks.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? Yes, I will accept all federal funding and expand access to BadgerCare. We need to make health care the human right that it is, rather than a burdensome financial decision for families.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? For too long, politicians have come into communities they’re not part of, made promises, and implemented their own solutions. Rarely do they make any profound change. I am not going to be that governor. I will show respect and to listen to what communities are saying. I believe many of my plans will help communities of color (investing in health care and education; raising the minimum wage; reversing Walker’s anti-union laws) by creating the conditions for economic prosperity.


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Tony Evers

Madison, WI 53703
info@tonyevers.com
www.tonyevers.com
Facebook: Tony Evers
Twitter: @Tony4WI

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. What's best for our kids is best for our state and democracy. Our kids deserve the best public schools, a robust higher education system, safe roads, clean drinking water and access to quality, affordable healthcare. No matter what zip code, every single child should have access to high-speed internet, mental health services and high quality early childhood education. I've run a school, a school district and now a state agency. Im the only candidate who can hit the ground running on day one.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? After Parkland, I asked the Legislature to pass my school safety plan which provided additional dollars for safety improvements but also provided $50 million for mental health services and grants to address bullying and violence. I would rather go to jail than arm educators. We must start with universal background checks, which over 81% of Wisconsinites support. After that win, we can look at waiting periods for handgun purchases, banning bump stocks and "No fly, no buy" legislation.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? Absolutely! And it's criminal that Scott Walker has left these federal dollars in Washington DC, instead of bringing them home to Wisconsin to cut healthcare costs and provide more Wisconsinites with better coverage. There's a reason healthcare costs half the price in Minnesota as it does in Wisconsin - they accepted the federal expansion dollars and set-up their exchanges properly. As Governor, I will do both as quickly as possible.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? It begins by admitting that we have a race problem. We have to stop acting like it doesn't exist, it does. That means investing in people, not prisons. Focusing on rehabilitation, not more punitive policies. We need to make investments in local neighborhoods and ensure government decision-makers, corporate leaders, educators, law enforcement and health workers reflect the growing diversity of our state. And finally, we must reject the hateful rhetoric and division that's consuming our country.


Josh Pade

Milwaukee, WI 53202

NO REPLY


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Mike McCabe

Madison, WI 53704
change@governorbluejeans.com
www.governorbluejeans.com
Facebook: Mike McCabe for Governor
Twitter: @BlueJeansGov

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Cronyism, corruption and legal bribery have taken root in Wisconsin and must be uprooted if our government is going to work for all of us and not just a wealthy, well-connected and privileged few at the top. My life's work as an independent watchdog focused on exposing political corruption and the crooked transactions between elected officials and wealthy donors. Without a very different kind of leadership and a new politics, Wisconsin can't become what our state has the potential to be.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I favor taking 16 different steps to address gun violence and the underlying causes of mass shootings that will make schools and communities safer and save lives. My positions led the national group Moms Demand Action to designate me as one of the nation's "Gun Sense Candidates." I've also taken the national No NRA Money pledge because we will never get anything more than thoughts and prayers after each new mass shooting as long as elected officials are paid to take no other action.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? BadgerCare should be a public option available to everyone. Wisconsin must correct the mistake the current administration made when it rejected federal Medicaid expansion funds. We also need to correct the mistake made when Wisconsin opted against setting up its own state health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. I would take the federal funds, establish a state insurance exchange and put BadgerCare on the exchange as a public option with everyone in the state eligible to enroll.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? Racial disparities will not be reduced or erased unless we come to terms with the reality that a new Jim Crow has been constructed. It stands on very sturdy legs including voter suppression policies, mass incarceration and militarization of policing. We have to see the new Jim Crow for what it is and cut the legs out from under it. And also deal with the fact that the color of political money is white. The more unequal we are politically, the more unequal we will be racially and economically.


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Mahlon Mitchell

Fitchburg, WI 53711
jacob@mahlonmitchell.com
http://mahlonmitchell.com
Facebook: Mahlon Mitchell
Twitter: @MahlonMitchell

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As an active firefighter for more than 20 years, I respond to my community on their worst days. When they are at their worst, I must be at my best. As President of the PFFW, I work on behalf of brave first responders to fight for fair and equal pay, safe working conditions, and good benefits. Wisconsinites deserve the same champion who will raise wages, invest in public education, reform our criminal justice system and build an economy that works for everyone - not just those at the top.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? As a first responder, a hunter and a parent, I know that we are facing a public safety crisis. Our communities, including parks, schools and places of worship should be a safe haven from violence. We must pass universal background checks for gun sales and ban assault weapons. We must regulate the purchase and ownership of guns similar to the way we regulate the sale of cars. By working in cooperation with experts and advocacy groups, we can carve a path that leads to a safe and secure Wisconsin.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? I believe that healthcare is a right. There are still too many Wisconsinites without coverage, and many more who are covered but struggle to afford the care they need. We’re going to close these gaps and make sure that everyone in Wisconsin has the healthcare they need to live full and productive lives. As Governor, I will expand medicaid, make BadgerCare a public option, support women’s reproductive rights and do everything can to decriminalize addiction and get people the help they need.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? Addressing the racial achievement gap requires acknowledging the inextricable link between access to quality education, statewide income inequality, poverty and homelessness. As Governor, I will make public school funding a priority in every budget, work with the legislature to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, promote family leave and restoring union rights to build the middle class. This is the pathway to bridging the achievement gap along racial and geographical lines in the state.


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Kelda Helen Roys

Madison, WI 53711
info@keldaforgovernor.com
www.keldaforgovernor.com
Facebook: Kelda Roys 
Twitter: @keldahelenroys

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Together, we will solve our common challenges and restore opportunity and fairness to Wisconsin. I've spent my life turning big ideas into real results, as a legislative leader, head of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, and entrepreneur. In our Wisconsin, we'll fix the student debt crisis and expand retirement security so every generation can succeed. We'll invest in the UW system and small businesses for a strong economy. We'll preserve our democracy and protect our planet so our children can thrive.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? We will stand up to the gun manufacturers' lobby and pass commonsense gun safety laws, including universal background checks for all sales/transfers, a 48-hr waiting period, raising purchasing age to 21, prohibiting domestic violence perpetrators from owning guns, banning assault weapons/high capacity magazines/other equipment that makes mass shooting easier. We'll implement proven violence prevention/reduction strategies, and break stereotypes equating violence with strength. More on my website

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? Yes. We'll accept federal money, build a state ACA exchange, and make Badgercare a public option. I'm a longtime supporter of single-payer/Medicare for all, and I won’t rest until every single Wisconsinite has access to quality, affordable, comprehensive, culturally competent healthcare including reproductive care, mental/behavioral health, and prescription drugs. As a legislator I coauthored Healthy Wisconsin and expanded Badgercare to 80,000 people; healthcare is a moral and economic issue.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? We must invest in communities of color, holistically tackling racial injustice and the opportunity gap. We'll prevent infant mortality with universal paid leave, pregnancy and birth support, and visiting nurse services. We'll support parents by expanding affordable, high quality childcare and offering universal early childhood education. We'll fully, equitably fund K12 education and stop public money going to private schools. We'll end mass incarceration, increase wages, expand entrepreneurship.


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Paul R. Soglin

Madison, WI 53705
campaign@paulsoglinforgovernor.com
http://paulsoglinforgovernor.com
Facebook: Paul Soglin for Governor
Twitter: @paulsoglin

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As the Mayor of Madison, I know how to create great opportunities for families by focusing on the five elements necessary for a family: housing, transportation, health care including nutrition and behavioral health, quality childcare, and education/career development. Madison’s success can be developed statewide since that success is based on services that foster great places and services that attract jobs. Great communities and great economies go hand in hand.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Gun violence increased when the state approved concealed carry. This permissive legislation was interpreted as a signal that the state did not care about residents resolving differences with firearms. Repeal of concealed carry, instituting background checks, waiting periods, and limitations on military style weapons are keys to greater safety. We need a comprehensive statewide program that treats violence as a public health issue. Models exist: The Cure Violence Model and the Cardiff Model.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? One of the worst of many horrible decisions by Scott Walker was rejecting the opportunity to expand Medicaid and provide more people the opportunity to participate in BadgerCare. I will do everything possible to leverage and expand Wisconsin's participation in federal opportunities. In addition, I will focus on the other part of the problem, healthcare costs. We will focus on the cost of pharmaceuticals, the human and financial costs of opioid abuse, and increasing costs of medical procedures.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? As Mayor, I began a health program in the '70’s. Over 7 years, African-American infant mortality steadily dropped. Unfortunately, the program was abandoned by my successors and infant mortality rates rose. We are now attempting to duplicate this success. But what is critical is how it was done: relying on neighborhood leaders to play a vital role. This same concept, which will work statewide, has helped us and our partners lower disparities in unemployment, household income, and education.


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Kathleen Vinehout

Alma, WI 54610
info@kathleenvinehout.org
http://kathleenvinehout.org/
Facebook: Kathleen Vinehout
Twitter: @VinehoutK

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priority is to put People First, first when making state policy, first when spending state dollars. Now, a few large corporations are first; getting corporate tax breaks and cash payments. As Governor I will expand health care, fund public schools, restore dollars to our universities, provide free tuition at our tech colleges, and build a strong community-based mental health system. In 12 years as state senator, my alternative budgets funded these programs without increasing total spending.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I will extend background checks to cover all gun sales, including between individuals, and ban devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like automatic weapons. I will oppose arming teachers and allowing guns in schools and universities. Part of our approach must include community-based mental health programs and restoring supports for troubled students eliminated in response to recent budget cuts. The root causes of violence, like racism, poverty and mental illness, must be addressed.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? In the four alternative budgets I wrote as Senator I took the Medicaid dollars. It is folly not to. The federal dollars would extend healthcare to 79,000 additional people and free up $286 million in state dollars. In the budgets I wrote, and as Governor, I spend those dollars on community-based mental health services, alternatives to incarceration, and treatment for those suffering from addiction. I also invested in prenatal care, as half of all Wisconsin births are to Medicaid enrollees.

4. Racial disparities exist in child poverty rates, educational achievement, infant mortality rates, incarceration rates, and other issues facing Wisconsinites. What will you do to reduce racial disparities throughout Wisconsin? Household income is associated with all these disparities. I would raise the minimum wage to $15, make tech colleges tuition free, and expand need based scholarships. Poverty should never be a barrier to learning. I would change state school aid to reflect the needs of children, including children in poverty and those with mental health and trauma issues. I will challenge long existing racial prejudices shaping our criminal justice system and influencing the way laws are enforced.


Dana Wachs

Dana Wachs withdrew his candidacy on June 22, 2018.


Lieutenant Governor - Democratic

Four-year term

Candidates:

Kurt J. Kober
Mandela Barnes


KURT J. KOBER

Sheboygan, WI 53081
madeline@kurtforwisconsin.com
www.kurtforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Kurt J. Kober
Twitter: @kurtjkober

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I’ll be focused on building a culture of entrepreneurship in our state. I believe we have the thinkers, dreamers and doers right here in Wisconsin. This culture will help us create a new, fair, economy while building communities where every generation can live, work and thrive. I’ve spent my career leading nonprofits, small businesses, and established companies adapt to the new economy, and I'm ready to bring that depth of experience and fresh perspective to governing in Wisconsin.

2. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Modern economic development recognizes that the environment is an asset that must be managed with respect and generational impact in mind. As a business leader who helped lead a top 10 most sustainable company in the US I’ll bring this experience to Wisconsin policy. We must evaluate all economic development through the lens of its impact on the (1) community (2) environment and (3) investors. Specifically this means making the DNR independent and renegotiating the Foxconn agreement.

3. What criminal justice reforms would you support that would decrease recidivism and reduce the prison population? I’ll use the office of Lt. Governor to fix our broken criminal justice system. We need to focus on justice, not convictions, and we need to deal with mass incarceration head-on. I’ll advocate for sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenders, treating drug abuse as a health problem and decriminalizing + legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. Finally, I’ll work to build local partnerships that tackle implicit racial bias while enabling community policing practices.

4. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I believe guns should be treated like automobiles in our society. They should be registered, insured, and held to the highest safety standards. This means every gun owner should go through a background check, different guns should require different licenses and some guns, like military-style assault rifles, shouldn't be sold. Our state's children and grandchildren are right. We must act now to pass reasonable gun laws so more Wisconsinites don’t lose more family members to senseless gun violence


MANDELA BARNES

Milwaukee, WI 53223
contact@mandelabarnes.com
www.mandelabarnes.com
Facebook: Mandela Barnes for Lieutenant Governor
Twitter: @theothermandela

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I see the rather loosely defined role of the Lt. Governor as an opportunity to create an office of innovation within the new administration, which can take a creative and long-term approach to solving our state’s biggest challenges. I am well-qualified for this role based on my past experience both as a legislator and in my role with State Innovation Exchange, a national progressive policy organizations that helps progressive legislators enact bold, innovative reforms in their states.

2. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I believe the very notion of needing to balance economic development with the protection of our natural resources is a false choice. I say that because I truly believe that we can use the creation of green infrastructure and green jobs as a primary form of economic development; a “Green New Deal.” We can retrofit older buildings to be more energy efficient. We can manufacture solar and wind energy components right here in Wisconsin. We can be green and grow our economy at the same time.

3. What criminal justice reforms would you support that would decrease recidivism and reduce the prison population? 1) End the practice of “crimeless revocation,” which is sending people back to jail or prison without committing a new crime, simply because of a technical violation of their probation or parole. 2) Legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis in Wisconsin and expunge the records of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. 3) Rethink our “mandatory minimum” and “truth-in-sentencing” laws, returning discretion back to judges. 4) invest in education, mental health treatment, and living-wage jobs.

4. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? 1) Universal background checks 2) Mandatory reporting of lost/stolen firearms 3) Mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases 4) Eliminating private party and gun-show or online-sale loopholes, 5) Liability insurance and mandatory gun safety training for gun owners 6) Giving relatives and domestic partners power to petition for temporary removal of weapons from loved ones they believe to be unsafe 7) Banning assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines


Attorney General - Democratic

FOUR-YEAR TERM

Candidate:

Josh Kaul


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JOSH KAUL

Madison, WI 53711
info@joshkaul.org
www.joshkaul.org
Facebook: Josh Kaul
Twitter: @joshkaulwi

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, where I prosecuted murderers, gang members, and drug traffickers. I’ve also gone to court to challenge laws that make it harder to vote. As AG, I’ll prioritize addressing the opioid epidemic and our growing meth problem, reducing the delays in the testing of evidence at the crime labs, and doing more to address school safety. I’ll also seriously and even-handedly enforce our environmental, labor, and consumer-protection laws, and I’ll be an independ [CHARACTER LIMIT]

2. What criminal justice reforms would you support that would decrease recidivism and reduce the prison population? As AG, I’ll work to ensure that enforcement efforts are targeting the most serious offenders. I’m an advocate for community policing and prosecution. I support drug courts and veterans courts, and I believe we should expand access to substance-abuse and mental-health treatment. I also support job-training programs.

3. Would you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization, and how would that affect existing individuals with convictions for marijuana use or sales? I support legalizing medical marijuana. Doing so would help some people with serious pain and raise revenue for the state. I believe that any change we make to the laws relating to marijuana should be applied retroactively.

4. Wisconsin has a long tradition of open, transparent government. Do you believe that the tradition should be continued by every branch of government? What will you do to ensure the citizens' right to be informed about their government? I’m a strong supporter of government transparency and believe that we should work to build upon our tradition of open government. As AG, I’ll ensure that the Wisconsin Department of Justice continues providing guidance regarding Wisconsin’s public records and open meetings laws and work to identify ways in which the Wisconsin Department of Justice can be more transparent.


Secretary of State - Democratic

FOUR-YEAR TERM

Candidates:

Doug La Follette, Incumbent
Arvina Martin


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Doug La Follette

Madison, WI 53703
sosdoug@hotmail.com
http://douglafollette.com
Facebook: Doug Lafollette

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My qualifications are clear; I have done the job very well for many years. I have fought the moves by Republicans to transfer duties to the control of the Governor. My priorities are to provide good service to the public that require information despite the striping of the office of staff and responsibilities. And work with a new governor and legislature to restore the important duties which reside in most every Sec of State’s offices in the country.

2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? As I have for many years work with an excellent staff and the AG and State Treasurer to earn money for the State’s school libraries. And protect the over a billion dollars trust in funds from the greedy hands of the governor and legislature. Invest these funds prudently to provide for the growth needed to insure future funds for the schools. And make loans efficiently to our schools and municipalities.

3. Wisconsin has a long tradition of open, transparent government. Do you believe that the tradition should be continued by every branch of government? What will you do to ensure the citizens' right to be informed about their government? I have always been a strong advocate for open and transparent government. Our state’s repetition in the regard has been somewhat tarnished the past several years; I will support legislators who will work to restore Wisconsin to be a National leader for open and transparent government.


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Arvina Martin

Madison, WI 53705
info@arvinaforwi.com
http://arvinaforwi.com
Facebook: Arvina Martin 
Twitter: @arvina4WI

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I’m running to be a champion for democracy. Over 4 decades, this office has been stripped of almost all responsibility, & all the incumbent offers is to maintain the do-nothing status quo. I will fight to restore responsibilities to the office and champion the right to vote and broader participation in our democracy. I have worked professionally in voter protection, with tribal governments, and in communities across Wisconsin to ensure greater participation in our democracy.

2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? I will be a diligent protector of our public lands – it’s in my blood. My mother is Ho-Chunk, and my father is Stockbridge-Munsee, and I’m the first Native American on the Madison City Council. I was educated in public schools, and my daughter is now as well. Our job on the BCPL is to make sure our lands are well-managed, and that the money earned on this precious natural resource is directed to support our public school libraries. But I think we can, and I will, do more.

3. Wisconsin has a long tradition of open, transparent government. Do you believe that the tradition should be continued by every branch of government? What will you do to ensure the citizens' right to be informed about their government? It is absolutely critical that we maintain a tradition of open government, and reverse the trend of recent administrations to find ways to conduct business in secret. I will serve as a watchdog and champion of our democracy. One example is the “secret map room” in which legislators rigged district maps in 2011 – we can’t let that happen again, and I will champion Fair Maps & independent redistricting reform. This office should be engaged in this important fight and it’s time for a change.


State Treasurer - Democratic

Four-year term

Candidates:

Dawn Marie Sass
Cynthia Kaump
Sarah Godlewski


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Dawn Marie Sass

Belleville, WI 53508-9046
sassforstatetreasurer@yahoo.com
http://sassforstatetreasurer.org
Facebook: Dawn Marie Sass for Wisconsin State Treasurer

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. The first priority is to get the duties back that have been transferred to other state agencies. These duties include cash management, unclaimed property, EdVest and Tomorrow's Scholar-Wisconsin's 529 College Savings Plans and the L.G.I.P. In articles prior to the April 3rd election, Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) and Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) stated they would give back the duties if the referendum was defeated. I would work with both of them to make this happen by the July 1, 2019 budget.

2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? I was a member of the BCPL as the former Wisconsin State Treasurer from January 3, 2007 until January 3, 2011. I would carefully study the purchase and sale of Wisconsin trust lands prior to out meetings and votes. I would also look at the loan proposals submitted by government entities before voting on them. I wanted to ensure the loans benefitted the community and the environment. If re-elected, I will continue my due diligence to preserve our land and trust funds for future Wisconsinites.

3. How will you ensure our state government is fiscally responsible? The Treasurer should be a fiscal watchdog for Wisconsin citizens; therefore, having cash management as part of its' duties is essential. The Treasurer can/should review all expenditures to make sure they are legal and necessary. Cash management allows for the Treasurer to accomplish this. Establishing a State Bank should be considered. The Treasurer should also put out a fiscal year summary for all Wisconsinites to view. Transparency will help keep the government fiscally responsible.


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Cynthia Kaump

Madison, WI 53705
info@kaumpforstatetreasurer.com
www.kaumpforstatetreasurer.com
Facebook: Cynthia Kaump for WI State Treasurer
Twitter: @Kaump4Treasurer

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are to restore this office by returning the programs which constitutionally belong there. I worked in this office for 3.5 years as the Director of Communications and Community Outreach. I personally managed the programs and people under which the office set state and national records for performance excellence. I am a licensed insurance intermediary and financial advisor and own two small businesses. I was an awarded investigative and political TV news correspondent for 20 years.

2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? The money transferred to BCPL is constitutionally done so at the hands of the State Treasurer from the Unclaimed Property Program. I have met with legislators on both sides of the aisle to assure their support for transferring Unclaimed Property back to the Treasurer’s Office. This will enable me to make better, and more socially responsible, investments with that money, thus generating more interest to transfer to BCPL. That means more money for the Common School Trust Fund.

3. How will you ensure our state government is fiscally responsible? I will create a Waste, Fraud and Abuse Program. This will investigate businesses failing to turn over unclaimed property rightfully owned by our citizens. It will also evaluate the vendor contract and procurement process to assure we are not accepting contracts with vendors who choose to price gouge our citizens for supplies and services. Also by better managing unclaimed property, we have the opportunity to pay more revenue into our general fund thus off-setting the tax obligation of citizens.


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Sarah Godlewski

Madison, WI 53703
sarah@sarahforwisconsin.com
http://sarahforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Sarah Godlewski for Wisconsin State Treasurer 
Twitter: @sarahforwi

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are to be the fiscal watchdog and provide the checks and balances our state needs. I will invest wisely in Wisconsin's future, and stop the financial exploitation of vulnerable populations including women, seniors, veterans, and communities of color. I co-founded a social impact investment firm, I've supported microfinance in rural India, and I have extensive experience working with companies, investors, government agencies and non-profits to improve performance and lower cost

2. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) manages the state's remaining trust lands and trust funds primarily for the benefit of public school libraries. As a member of the BCPL, how will you effectively manage the lands and funds held in trust for Wisconsin's citizens? I would ensure these funds are effectively managed to benefit our entire state. It is important all public schools continue to receive millions for libraries and technology while municipalities continue to use this fund to finance economic development, infrastructure, and public safety projects. I would advocate for strong conservation practices that guarantee sustainable timber while preserving unique ecosystems. I would also work to increase public access to these lands for all Wisconsinites.

3. How will you ensure our state government is fiscally responsible? I have worked in business and finance my entire career, and I have significant experience in governance and oversight. As the state’s chief banker, I will ensure accountability and transparency by reviewing all current and future financial transactions involving taxpayer dollars. I will push to publish an annual report for the benefit of Wisconsinites outlining how our tax dollars are being spent and invested. I will also seek to return cash management responsibilities to the Treasurer’s office.


U.S. Senator - Democratic

SIX-YEAR TERM

Candidate:

Tammy Baldwin, Incumbent


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Tammy Baldwin

Madison, WI 53701
info@tammybaldwin.com
http://tammybaldwin.com
Facebook: Tammy Baldwin
Twitter: @tammybaldwin

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Tammy is putting Wisconsin first and doing right by working families. She is building a stronger Made in WI manufacturing economy by championing Buy American rules, confronting unfair trade deals, and helping create good-paying jobs. She is working across party lines to make sure our veterans are supported with the health care, jobs, and community support they have earned. Tammy is also leading the fight to protect our health care from partisan efforts that would rip care away from millions.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Tammy stands with students and families who want to stop gun violence in our schools and communities and save lives. She knows it's time to stand up to powerful special interests like the NRA who represent the views of big money corporations, not Wisconsinites. She believes Washington should step up and act on common sense protections such as universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole, and closing the terror gap to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

3. If elected, what would you do to reduce the ill effects of climate change? Climate change is a moral and economic crisis. Tammy believes that if we want future generations to enjoy a bountiful state and planet, we can't continue to deplete resources, emit greenhouse gases at the current rate, and fail to invest in renewable energy sources. Tammy is working to protect our Great Lakes and is a leading defender of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. She is also committed to holding polluters accountable and improving drinking water quality across the state.

4. What role do you believe the government should play in regard to the relationship a woman has with her health care provider? Do you think reproductive health care services should be singled out for increased scrutiny from the government? Why or why not? Tammy believes that every woman deserves the freedom to make her own personal decisions about her health care, her family, and her body. Choice isn't just about vital health care options and women's health care rights, because having control over the decision of when to have children greatly affects women's economic prosperity. Tammy knows that when women do better, our economy does better. That's why she is committed to fighting against dangerous efforts to roll back progress on women's health.


U.S. Congress, District 2 - Democratic

TWO-YEAR TERM

Candidate:

Mark PocanIncumbent


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MARK POCAN

Black Earth, WI 53515-9700
Info@PocanForCongress.com
http://PocanForCongress.com
Facebook: Mark Pocan 
Twitter: @MarkPocan

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Growing and strengthening the middle class continues to be my priority. For far too long, corporations and special interests have driven our nation’s economic policy, leaving working families behind. In Congress, I’ve introduced legislation that would raise wages for workers, grant them benefits like paid sick days and family leave, and make it easier to unionize. As a small business owner and union member I recognize the challenges working families face and I’m committed to finding solutions.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Communities across the country are suffering the effects of the gun violence epidemic, but despite these tragedies, Republicans in Congress refuse to act. We cannot stay silent while thousands of Americans are killed by guns each year, which is why I’m a co-sponsor of commonsense legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, mandate universal background checks for all firearm purchases, and raise the minimum age to buy a gun.

3. If elected, what would you do to reduce the ill effects of climate change? Climate change represents one of the greatest threats to our planet and our people. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for the U.S. to move towards a green, sustainable, and renewable economy. The U.S. should be a leader on the efforts to reduce the ill effects of climate change and I’m committed to fighting the President’s decisions to open our coasts and the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, to weaken laws that ensure clean air and water, and to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.

4. What role do you believe the government should play in regard to the relationship a woman has with her health care provider? Do you think reproductive health care services should be singled out for increased scrutiny from the government? Why or why not? The government has an obligation to ensure that every woman has affordable access to the health care she needs. Further, a woman should be able to make decisions regarding family planning in consultation with her doctor, without the government’s input. Attacks on reproductive health care services are unwarranted and I do not support additional scrutiny by the government. I will do all that I can to fight for a woman’s right to make the decisions that are best for her and her family.


Wisconsin Senator - Democratic

FOUR-YEAR TERM

Odd-numbered districts are on the ballot in 2018. To find your Wisconsin Senate district, visit "What's On My Ballot" at myvote.wi.gov.

Candidates:

DISTRICT 13, Michelle Zahn
DISTRICT 15, Janis Ringhand, Incumbent
DISTRICT 27, Jon B. Erpenbach


DISTRICT 13

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MICHELLE ZAHN

Juneau, WI 53039-9433
zahnforsenate@gmail.com
www.zahnforsenate.com
Facebook: Zahn for Senate 

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues Accelerating Climate Change. We need leaders who acknowledge science to join the rest of the world in reducing greenhouse gases. Gun Control. Keep your guns. Control the sale of ammunition as we control the sale of Mucinex. Get Big Money out of Politics. Overturn Citizens United. Universal Health Care. Medicare for all, because medicine should be a public service. No shareholders to satisfy.

I want to live in a society where everyone cares about one another as much as they care about themselves

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I would introduce a bill to regulate the sale of ammunition the same as we regulate the sale of cold remedies. Require the showing of valid identification at the time of purchase, limit the amount of the purchase (to be determined by a committee and public input) and keep a record of purchases (accessible to the vendors so that excessive purchases will raise an alarm to authorities). I would support background checks for every purchase of a firearm.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I would invest tax dollars in local businesses. More small business loans. Small businesses have a better history of hiring local people at fair wages. They have a vested interest in supporting and enriching their environments.

No more tax breaks in hopes of luring large corporations to our state. Large corporations are likely take their profits out of the state, whereas local businesses are more likely to reinvest in their home communities.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. Having the party in power draw district boundaries is counterintuitive to keeping communities intact. The most recent redistricting map shows how many communities have been carefully dissected into multiple legislative districts in the interest of keeping the current party in power with no consideration of the voters' right to choose their legislators. For a good example, see the villages of DeForest and Windsor. Voters are supposed to choose their legislators, not the other way around.


DISTRICT 15

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JANIS RINGHAND

Evansville, WI 53536
janis.ringhand@gmail.com
Facebook: Janis Ringhand

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Funding for education, transportation/road repairs, fair re-redistricting, updating shared revenue formula & dark store tax loophole, enforcement of environmental rules. My background is Finance and I believe we are ignoring a lot of financial issues, especially those listed above, as well as not enforcing environmental issues because of under employment at DNR.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have been an advocate for stronger gun control - universal background checks, 24 hour waiting period to purchase, training for concealed carry permits, banning bump stocks. Another issue that has received more attention lately is mental health care for youth who are bullied or experiencing emotional issues that need to be addressed. I support more social workers in the schools as well as resource officers.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I believe we can balance these issues by reviewing and following existing standards for environmental protections that are currently not being enforced. One example is high capacity wells, the Attorney General has determined that we do not need to look at the "cumulative affect" of multiple wells in an area, I disagree with that determination, a trip through the Central Sands area of the state is a strong argument for more restrictive use.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes - I have been in the Legislature since 2011 and have supported nonpartisan methods of redistricting, such as the Iowa model, or something similar, every session.


DISTRICT 27

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JON B. ERPENBACH

Middleton, WI 53562
jonerpenbach2018@gmail.com
http://jonerpenbach.org
Facebook: Jon Erpenbach 
Twitter: @JonErpenbach

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities as an elected official are building strong communities and supporting opportunities for people seeking to improve their lives. To get there Wisconsin needs to make our public schools from K12- higher education a priority, we need to fix our infrastructure and we need to support economic development from the individual up with equal opportunities no matter where you live

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Everyone deserves to feel safe in school, home and their community. There is common ground on practical solutions and with everyone at the table I know we can get there. As a Legislature we should not merely accept divisiveness on topics like gun and community safety; we need to push those with interests to find common ground and leadership for social change. I believe guns should not be sold without a background check, 48 hour waiting period and bump stock ban.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Wisconsin has no future economic development without preservation of our natural areas. One of the only success stories from the last few years for Republican budgets and return on investment for the people of Wisconsin is our investment in Tourism. We can only sustain tourism, agriculture, small business, communities, public health, manufacturing and education through preservation of our environment. We need people to move to Wisconsin to fill jobs currently open, natural protected areas help.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. Our democracy is strongest when everyone is allowed to participate in free, open and fair elections.


Assembly Representative - Democratic

TWO-YEAR TERM

To find out which Assembly District you live in, visit "What's On My Ballot" at myvote.wi.gov.

Candidates:

DISTRICT 37, No Democratic Party candidate is on the ballot for this race.
DISTRICT 38, Melissa Winker
DISTRICT 42, Ann Groves Lloyd
DISTRICT 43, Don Vruwink, Incumbent 
DISTRICT 46, Gary Hebl, Incumbent
DISTRICT 47, Jimmy Anderson, Incumbent
DISTRICT 48, Melissa Agard Sargent, Incumbent
DISTRICT 76, Chris Taylor, Incumbent
DISTRICT 77
Shelia Stubbs
Mark Garthwaite
John Imes
Shabnam Lotfi
DISTRICT 78, Lisa Subeck, Incumbent
DISTRICT 79, Dianne Hesselbein, Incumbent
DISTRICT 80, Sondy Pope, Incumbent
DISTRICT 81, David Considine, Incumbent


DISTRICT 38

Melissa Winker

Oconomowoc, WI 53066
winkerforwisconsin@gmail.com
www.winkerforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Winker for Wisconsin
Twitter: @WinkerforWI

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a national board-certified educator and small business owner of 17 years, I bring a high degree of competence in dealing with multiple stakeholders, a keen ability to research and evaluate the issues, and a solid grounding in the real-life demands of a shifting economy. I will advocate to protect our cherished Wisconsin heritage: quality public schools, living-wage jobs, affordable and accessible health care, clean air and water, and a strong government that works to improve all lives.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? As a hunting family, I am closely familiar with the responsibilities of gun ownership. As an educator, I know all too well that the threat of gun violence is a scourge for families in our cities and towns. Most people want common sense gun laws that protect rights while keeping communities safe. I will work hard to pass laws such as universal background checks, “red flag” allowances, and 48-hour waiting periods. We cannot retreat from this important matter out of fear and division.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Wisconsin has a proud history of protecting clean water and natural habitats while promoting business development. I will work to ensure that we have strong policies to prevent current and future contamination. Wisconsinites are clear in their demands for protecting our watersheds, lakes, and rivers as the source of clean drinking water and recreation enjoyment. Our businesses understand the benefits in terms of property values, quality of life for employees, and a strong tourist economy.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I believe, along with a majority of residents, that we must have fair drawing of political districts to remove the barriers of true representation. Non-partisan districting honors the wishes of our communities to enable a fair representation of our state. This issue, like many, represents the core values of our campaign. I am motivated to represent the voices in my communities with the fundamental ethics of integrity, transparency, and a respect for discussion with expert based information.


DISTRICT 42

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Ann Groves Lloyd

Lodi, WI 53555-1416
annforwisconsin@gmail.com
www.annforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Ann Groves Lloyd
Twitter:  @AnnForWisconsin

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Top priorities: improve infrastructure; restore funding for our public K-12 and post-secondary education; affordable health care & coverage for pre-existing conditions; and protecting our environment.

Qualifications: 30 years at UW-Madison as an administrator and student academic affairs specialist; two terms on the Lodi City Council (committees-public works, finance, and HR), 8 years on Utilities Commission, and leadership positions in local, state, international professional associations.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? While the majority of gun owners are responsible with their firearms, Wisconsin can, and must, do more to reduce gun violence and keep our communities, schools, and children safe. Sensible measures such as a three-day waiting period, Red Flag processes, and universal background checks must be implemented. Schools must remain gun free zones, as every student should have a safe space that is free from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous individuals.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? By improving the standing and the authority of the DNR. The DNR has seen consistent cuts over the past several years that have impacted its ability to create a balance between economic development and the protection of natural resources. To ensure that economic development is being done in a responsible manner, we should return some of the power the DNR has recently lost, and give it the authority to require environmental impact studies before going forward on major economic development projects

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am fully in support of a nonpartisan solution to the currently broken system of redistricting. Partisan bias and conflicts of interest have no place in the drawing of legislative districts, and switching to a nonpartisan system would ensure a fair and sensible measure for doing so.


DISTRICT 43

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Don Vruwink

Milton, WI 53563
donvruwinkforassembly@gmail.com
http://donvruwinkforassembly.com
Facebook: Don Vruwink for Assembly

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are the following: § Create a stable funding source to fix and maintain roads. § Adequately fund our public schools so that our children get a good education and teachers are paid like the professionals they are. § Expand Wisconsin’s broadband infrastructure so that everyone has access to high-speed internet. § Freeze property taxes for low-income seniors so they can remain in their homes. § Take care of our military veterans.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I support background checks on every gun purchase, not just those from federally licensed dealers. I support restoring the 48-hour waiting period for gun purchases. I support a bill that would create a lethal violence protective order. Under this bill, if a person is threatening to harm himself or herself or others, then a law enforcement officer, a family member, or a household member may request a protective order. A judge would decide whether there is reasonable grounds to issue an order.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? The DNR is on the front lines of protecting our land & water, and must be sufficiently staffed. We must strike a balance between the needs of agriculture, manufacturers, and citizens who cherish our precious natural resources. In my maiden speech on the Assembly floor, I argued against the “death by 1,000 straws” bill that relaxed regulations on high-capacity water wells. Groundwater belongs to everyone, as do our navigable waters. The state must protect these precious natural resources.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am the lead author of a bill that takes redistricting out of the hands of politicians and places it with the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The bill directs the LRB to create districts that are as compact and contiguous as possible. One thing I regularly hear from voters is that they are tired of the political fighting. They want the parties to work together. Redistricting reform will take partisanship out of the process, encourage compromise, and strengthen democracy.


DISTRICT 46

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Gary Hebl

Sun Prairie, WI 53590-2347
friendsofgaryhebl@yahoo.com
http://garyhebl.org
Facebook: Gary Hebl for State Assembly 

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I have four priorities in the legislature: education, environmental protection, health care, and jobs. Probably the most important issue to me is education, because through a quality education, we will strengthen those other three issues. I am on the Assembly Committees on Environment, Colleges & Universities, and Education, which allows me to effectively address many of my priorities.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have cosponsored legislation to reinstate the 48 hour waiting period to help serve as a cooling off period for crimes of passion. This past session I also authored a bill to prevent those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse from possessing or purchasing guns. I would also like to see universal background check implemented so that there are no loopholes and we can be sure only those deemed fit to own a gun are able to purchase one.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Right now it is very one-sided. The current majority has decided that businesses get whatever they want, and that includes if they want to destroy the environment. I disagree. I think that they can work in harmony. I like the idea of the old "prove-it-first" mining law, which said said if a company can't guarantee no pollution, you can't mine in Wisconsin. That encourages those that may want to do business to find a way to conduct business without harming the environment.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Absolutely. The current process simply does not work and does not ensure fair representation for Wisconsin citizens. To be truly fair, we need to take partisans out of the equation. This may be a cliche, but it's absolutely true: voters should be choosing their representatives, representatives should not be choosing their voters. We need legislators that are truly accountable to those they represent, and ensuring that district lines are drawn fairly accomplishes that.


DISTRICT 47
Jimmy Anderson

Fitchburg, WI 53711
Jimmy@jimmyforassembly.org
www.jimmyforassembly.org
Facebook: Jimmy Anderson for Assembly
Twitter: @Rep_Jimmy

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Healthcare is my primary issue. I have put together a package of bills that build on the ACA and makes Wisconsin a leader in patient protection, expands Medicaid, and makes healthcare coverage available to every Wisconsinite.

I’m also passionate about conservation and education issues. I will push for stronger protections for our land, air, and water and demand that secondary education in Wisconsin is accessible and affordable for everyone.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? There are many things we can do to reduce gun violence, from requiring background checks for all gun purchases to outlawing dangerous weapon modifications to mandating magazine limits. We must also keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill using stricter background checks and redline laws. We must also properly fund mental health care so that we can help people before they turn to violence or self-harm.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Conservation and economic development often go hand-in-hand. Our state parks, our hunting and fishing opportunities, and our natural recreation areas raise significant tourism dollars, but for them to be attractive, our state must place a premium on conservation. We must change the way we look at the relationship between conservation and economic development and see our investment in our air, land, and water as a way to grow our economy.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, I support independent redistricting reform. It is unconscionable that elected officials get to choose their voters. Especially as the technology grows more sophisticated, those who draw the lines can all but ensure electoral outcomes for decades at a time, disenfranchising many Wisconsinites. Our government ought to be a holistic reflection of our state but that won’t happen until we get independent redistricting reform.


DISTRICT 48

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Melissa Agard Sargent

Madison, WI 53704
melissa@melissasargent.com
http://melissasargent.com
Facebook: Melissa Sargent for Assembly 
Twitter: @repsargent

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a lifetime Madisonian, I know that my friends and neighbors in the 48th Assembly District value a strong and unapologetic voice in the capitol who understands that if we work together we can build a Wisconsin that works for all of us. As a proven, hardworking leader I will continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Wisconsin is once again a state where everyone is safe, can reach for their dreams, and where we invest in a better tomorrow in the best interest of all Wisconsinites.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? As an outspoken champion for gun safety reforms, I know that everyone deserves to be safe where they live, work, & play. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Wisconsin. Since there is no one fix for this complex public health crisis, I will continue to advocate for comprehensive policies to save lives & make our neighborhoods & schools safer. I support universal background checks, increasing waiting periods, Lethal Violence Protective Orders, & self-exclusion legislation.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I know that economic development & the protection of our natural resources go hand in hand. Wisconsin has a rich history of prioritizing & investing in stewardship projects & conservation policies that have a positive impact on both our economy & quality of life. Protecting our air & water, safeguarding wildlife habitats, & supporting family farms & responsible industry are the backbones of sound policy. I oppose the destruction of our environment for the benefit of profit-seeking polluters.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I am a leader in the fight for redistricting reform. I am committed to an open, fair, and transparent government. Nonpartisan redistricting would create more competitive elections leading to higher voter turnout, greater public confidence, and a more representative legislature. Wisconsin must create districts that more fairly reflect our communities and people. The voters of our state have the right to choose their representatives, not the other way around.


DISTRICT 76

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Chris Taylor

Madison, WI 53704
chris@taylorforassembly.com
http://www.taylorforassembly.com/
Facebook: Chris Taylor for State Assembly
Twitter: @christaylor4wi

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My legislative priorities revolve around restoring funding to our public education system, social justice, and protecting the environment. Additionally, my priorities include setting forth a Progressive agenda that embraces government for the people, working on a bipartisan basis to pass good policies, and trying to stop the devastation of the right-wing agenda. My experience as an attorney and as the Public Policy Director for PPWI has helped and will continue to help me accomplish this.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have been a tireless advocate for reducing gun violence and keeping communities safe. I founded the Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety, which is a statewide effort to bring together advocates from many fields. Additionally, I authored a bill to reinstate the 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases, a bill that bans bump stocks, and a bill that limits magazine size, in addition to co-sponsoring bills like requiring universal background checks.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? We can be both good stewards of our natural resources and promote economic development. In fact, companies value places where their employees can recreate. Additionally, Wisconsin has a $17.9 billion outdoor recreation economy, so it is absolutely vital that we protect our environment to ensure economic prosperity. I authored a bill that requires Wisconsin to evaluate the effect of the outdoor recreation economy so we can make sound economic development decisions that benefit everyone.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I have co-sponsored efforts to establish an independent process for redistricting that is free of the partisan gerrymandering we are now unfortunately living with. I also gave redistricting responsibility to a nonpartisan agency in my Wisconsin Bill of Rights. As seen in a lawsuit, Wisconsin's current maps are absolutely shameful and a violation of democratic principles. I support an open and transparent method for conducting fair redistricting where every vote is counted and matters.


DISTRICT 77

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Shelia Stubbs

Madison, WI 53713
campaign@sheliastubbs.com
http://sheliastubbs.com
Facebook: Shelia Stubbs for State Assembly
Twitter: @sheliastubbs4WI

Watch the Know Your Candidates interview with Shelia Stubbs on Madison City Channel.

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. As a State Representative my priorities will reflect those of the people I represent: increase funding for education; reform Wisconsin’s criminal justice system; reduce and prevent gun violence; protect our environment; defend a woman’s right to choose; strengthen the safety net; increase access to health care for all. I will bring to the State Assembly a proven record of getting things done as an elected County Board Supervisor, as an advocate, and as a neighborhood organizer.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have earned the Gun Sense Candidate Distinction from Moms Demand Action. I have testified in support of tougher gun laws. I will continue to push for legislation including universal background checks and banning military-style assault weapons. I will stand up to the gun lobby. We need action to stop the senseless and heartbreaking loss of life from gun violence. There was a shooting recently in my own neighborhood. I will continue to work with neighborhood leaders to reduce gun violence.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? We have shown it is possible in Dane County to achieve that balance. I will continue to work with all stakeholders including farmers, developers, conservationists, and residents as we develop and pass environmental protection laws. I will involve scientists and other experts to help determine what is effective and what is needed. I will also work for environmental justice to ensure that communities of color are not disproportionately affected by action, or inaction, on environmental safety.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. On the Dane County Board, I was one of the sponsors of an ordinance that created an independent citizen redistricting commission (2016). The criteria for establishing county board districts is that the process be independent, impartial, fair, accountable, and transparent. The principle of “one person, one vote” is fundamental to our democracy and the gerrymandering that allows politicians to choose their own constituents, instead of the other way around, runs counter to that.


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John Imes

Madison, WI 53711
imes4assembly@gmail.com
http://www.imes4assembly.org
Facebook: John Imes
Twitter: @imes4wi

Watch the Know Your Candidates interview with John Imes on Madison City Channel.

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Wisconsin needs a solid, new direction. As an elected official, nonprofit leader and responsible owner of a small business, I bring a unique background and a track-record for working effectively to enact the high-road, progressive policies we need to protect women's rights and voters' rights, support our teachers and public schools, revitalize the UW and the Wisconsin Idea, ensure more affordable health care, and restore Wisconsin's environmental heritage and good government tradition.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? We need to pass common-sense reforms to end gun violence, including: * Mandatory universal background checks * An assault weapons ban * Ban aftermarket devices (bump stocks) that modify guns into a rapid-fire weapon * Keep people who are subject to "red flags" or domestic protection orders from having guns

I'll also work to ensure responsible gun ownership, including requirements to secure firearms with locks and safes to prevent unauthorized use, and limits on ammunition magazine sizes.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? First, the legislature needs to support DNR's mission to protect our natural resources and ensure clean air and clean water for all citizens. Next, I will support the innovative policies, technologies, and infrastructure we need to be a leader in clean renewable energy, more equitable development, sustainable communities, and green urbanism -- a business climate that attracts well-paying, accessible jobs, reduces social/economic disparities and honors the state's conservation heritage.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, just like Bob La Follette emphasized the need for an open and competitive primary so voters have a direct say on who should represent them in the legislature, I will support a nonpartisan approach to redistricting based on the successful model in Iowa that draws the maps in a way that is compact and contiguous. We need to move beyond the rigged outcomes that discourage candidates from seeking office and institute a more transparent process that upholds the principle of one person, one vote.


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Shabnam Lotfi

Madison, WI 53705
shabnamforwisconsin@gmail.com
http://shabnamforwisconsin.com
Facebook: Shabnam For Wisconsin
Twitter: 

Watch the Know Your Candidates interview with Shabnam Lotfi on Madison City Channel.

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My priorities are to fund the UW and our public education system, support women's access to reproductive healthcare, expand Medicaid, enact sensible gun legislation, enforce and expand environmental protections, reform our criminal justice system, and hold our government accountable to its constituents. As an attorney, I've worked with clients from all over the world on highly complex legal matters and have a proven track record for achieving results.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I will work to pass legislation banning assault weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines because civilians do not need military-style weapons. We need to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, which is why I support universal background checks. The safety and security of our schools must be a priority, but I firmly believe that arming teachers is not the right solution and will only increase the odds that tragedy will strike. We must do better!

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Economic development and protection of our natural resources are not mutually exclusive. Green energy is becoming cheaper every day and demand for it continues to rise. The free market is working. Where government can have an impact is in enforcing and expanding environmental protections, funding the DNR, and encouraging locally-produced wind and solar energy to make sure that industry operates cleanly and the economy moves in a sustainable, eco-friendly direction.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. I enthusiastically support taking redistricting out of partisan hands and putting it in the hands of a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission. Other states have done this to great success and we can and should use those states as a model in developing our own nonpartisan redistricting system. Partisan redistricting is one of the biggest threats to our democracy and we can't allow it to continue. We should be choosing our legislators, not the other way around.


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MARK GARTHWAITE

Madison, WI 53711-1338
campaign@markgarthwaite.org
http://markgarthwaite.org
Facebook: Mark Garthwaite for Assembly
Twitter: @mgarthAD77

Watch the Know Your Candidates interview with Mark Garthwaite on Madison City Channel.

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. The priorities that are most important to me are restoring faith in our public institutions, expanding access to opportunity, and committing ourselves to ensuring that the basic needs of our citizens can be met without prejudice. Strong public schools gave a farm kid like me a shot at a Big Ten education and a 17 year career in biomedical research working toward improving human health. I believe that that we all must pitch in our fair share to make similar opportunities available to all.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? There is broad popular support on many common-sense gun safety measures such as expanding background checks, waiting periods, and eliminating access to assault weapons. The reason for our inability to advance policy on this issue is the influence of money in politics and to make progress on gun safety issues, we have to address this. I will also support creating a ballot initiative process in Wisconsin so that citizens can take action on issues of public safety when elected officials will not.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Wisconsin is a beautiful state and we're fortunate that previous generations made it a priority to preserve it for future generations. Protecting our natural resources requires trusting the science that informs the regulatory process. Economic development is important but cannot come at the expense of compromised protections of water resources. Compromises worth pursuing are disincentives for excessive development such as imposing a tax on frac sand to pay for roads and infrastructure upgrades.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. I support a nonpartisan model similar to the one used in Iowa where all sides agree on nonpartisan criteria used by an independent commission in drawing the district lines. This model improves democracy by encouraging more competitive districts; legislators will represent their constituents more faithfully knowing that their re-election campaign will be competitive. In addition, it would decrease the polarization and dysfunction gripping our state government and our national dialogue.


DISTRICT 78
Lisa Subeck

Madison, WI 53719
Lisasubeck@gmail.com
http://lisasubeck.com
Twitter: @lisasubeck

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. It has been an honor to serve the people of the 78th Assembly District as your State Representative since 2015. As your representative, I have fought for our progressive values and to restore economic and educational opportunity for all in our state. My priorities include strengthening and supporting our public schools, ensuring a strong UW system, improving access to high quality, affordable healthcare and childcare, gender and racial equity, and protecting our natural resources.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I have worked to pass common sense measures to prevent gun violence, such as requiring background checks for all firearms sales, restoring Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun sales, and banning devices like bump stocks. I also co-authored a bill to provide school districts the option to raise the revenue limits to address urgent security and safety issues, as well as several other pieces of legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals intent to do harm.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? I have fought to protect our natural resources by supporting policies that improve the quality of our lakes, ensure smart growth, and provide infrastructure for transportation alternatives. I have advocated for policies that preserve the ability of local governments to regulate mining and have fought corporate attempts to privatize of our water. Protecting our natural resources, coupled with investment in green jobs, improves quality of life and helps grow our economy.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, I strongly support adopting a non-partisan redistricting process as a matter of basic fairness. Our current system unfairly allows the party in control at the time of redistricting to gerrymander new district lines in such a way to maximize the party’s own power, leaving voters with fewer choices. This is why I have sponsored and fought for non-partisan redistricting form, such as the model used in Iowa. Voters should be allowed to choose their represenbtatives, not the other way around.


DISTRICT 79

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Dianne Hesselbein

Middleton, WI 53562
dianneforwi@gmail.com
Facebook: Dianne Hesselbein for Assembly
Twitter: @rephesselbein

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I have demonstrated the expertise and passion necessary to continue fighting for these top priorities: provide the best public education for our children, K-12 through our technical colleges and universities; curb the epidemic of gun violence; build ladders of opportunity for Wisconsinites to succeed; ensure affordable access to quality healthcare; protect Wisconsin's heritage of stewardship of our natural resources; and enact fair redistricting reform.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Everyone deserves to live free from gun violence in our schools, homes, and communities, and I stand with those seeking common-sense measures to reverse this growing epidemic of violence. I support a wide range of sensible proposals: AB 65 institutes universal background checks; AB 597 prohibits individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing a firearm, and; AB 616 prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer, use, or possession of bump stocks.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? There are few issues more important than ensuring clean water, unpolluted air, and land free of contamination - and so is the need for good jobs in our growing communities. I believe protecting basic resources while growing Wisconsin's economy need not be opposing options, but through considered planning our state can have both. Wisconsin leadership must stop sacrificing the quality of our state for short-term investment promises made by outsiders seeking quick profits at our expense.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes, legislative redistricting should be established by a nonpartisan organization. In 2011 Wisconsin Republicans reset state district boundaries to gain a clear advantage in what is considered one of the worst partisan gerrymanders in modern American history. The result is a distorted legislature, voting rights restricted and suppressed; importantly, Wisconsin values and priories are being ignored for short term political gain. I am grateful Wisconsinites are fighting this sham in the courts.


DISTRICT 80
Sondy Pope

Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
famrob3@aol.com

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Having served on the Education Committee in the Assembly since I was first elected, I have developed many years of familiarity with the issues, the players, the stakeholders, the funding, and the history of K-12 education in Wisconsin. As a former business owner I am deeply connected to the concerns of small businesses in particular. My commitment to the environment remains strong. I believe all citizens deserve adequate healthcare (physical and mental), security, and opportunities to succeed.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? America (and Wisconsin) has become a culture of guns. There are no simple answers, there is no easy fix. Poverty, lack of opportunity, and mental health issues all play into this culture and will need to be addressed on many fronts before violence can be reduced. I support sensible legislation regarding gun ownership while still recognizing our strong hunting heritage. School safety is a moral obligation that we owe students and staff but safety everywhere must be our goal.

3. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? There are many ways for communities and commerce to grow from sustainable and renewable sources that do not harm the environment. We must keep future generations in mind as we find ways to grow and prosper today. Partnerships within communities will serve the greatest number of interests when many voices are included in decision-making. Citizens need to become well-informed and insist that community values are represented in decisions that impact them.

4. Would you support converting, through either by statute or constitutional amendment, to a system whereby a nonpartisan legislative service agency or an independent citizen commission would draw legislative districts after each decennial census? [Yes or No] Explain the rationale for your response. Yes. Clearly unfair advantage in drawing legislative districts has been documented and has had the intended result. Regardless of which party is in charge, it is a disservice to citizens to have their votes neutralized in this way. I pledge to support a fair and independent method of redistricting no matter which party is in charge. Legislators created this law and can change it.


DISTRICT 81
David Considine

Baraboo, WI 53913

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Dane County Sheriff - Democratic

FOUR-YEAR TERM

Candidate:

David J. Mahoney, Incumbent


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DAVID J. MAHONEY

Madison, WI 53717
campaign@sheriffdavemahoney.com
sheriffdavemahoney.com
Facebook: Sheriff Dave Mahoney Campaign

1. What educational, occupational, and civic experiences have you had that qualify you for this office? Be sure to address your experience working with diverse communities. I am honored to serve as Dane County Sheriff. I am on the ballot in November, unopposed. During my 12-year tenure, we have reduced the number of people in jail, created initiatives to reduce racial disparities, and worked with diverse stakeholders to find a safe, humane, and cost-effective solution to the unsafe jail facilities in the City County Building. We’ve shown that by working together, we can protect public safety, address inequities, and get people the help they need to stop the cycle of offending and re-offending. There’s more to do. That’s why I’m running for re-election.

2. How should the sheriff’s office work with municipal police departments to encourage appropriate diversion of people from jail? During my tenure, we have developed strong working relationships with municipal police departments. We share expertise and work together on issues including criminal justice reform. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office participates actively, along with municipal police, in important efforts like the United Way’s Immigration and Refugee Task Force and the Law Enforcement and Leaders of Color Collaboration. We have increased the number of deputy sheriffs working in rural Dane County through our contract policing partnerships with many municipalities across the County.

3. What should the sheriff’s office do to best serve the mental health needs of inmates? Under my leadership, we have taken proactive, effective, and innovative steps to address the reasons people enter the criminal justice system in the first place. Mental illness is a huge part of that. We have improved how we serve the mental health needs of inmates. There is more to do. We will be adding onto the Public Safety Building jail and creating, for the first time, required medical and mental health beds and programming space for inmates with mental health needs, while decreasing overall jail beds in our system.

4. What are your priorities for the coming term? We must continue to address the overwhelming opioid crisis in Dane County. We must continue the work underway, with the help of the United Way, to address emerging issues in communities of color by bringing together community leaders and law enforcement to form partnerships and find solutions. We must continue to increase and expand criminal justice reforms including alternatives to incarceration. We must do a better job of preventing and reducing gun violence.


Clerk of Circuit Court - Democratic

FOUR-YEAR TERM

Candidate:

Carlo EsquedaIncumbent


CARLO ESQUEDA

Madison, WI 53705
carlo.r.esqueda@gmail.com
Facebook: Carlo Esqueda for Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court

1. What educational, occupational, and civic experiences have you had that qualify you for this office? Be sure to address your experience working with diverse communities. My educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which has certainly helped me, as the incumbent, perform the general organizational tasks of this office over the past 12 years (i.e. personnel, budgeting). My prior employment background in courts and law enforcement information technology has helped me transition our office through the implementation of mandatory electronic filing over the past two years. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to work directly with innumerable individuals, representative of all facets of our Dane County community, to resolve problems in subject areas including child support and court case processing.

2. What further steps could be taken to eliminate barriers that keep people from diverse backgrounds from serving in the jury pool? Probably the most significant barrier to a more diverse jury pool is simply our inability to locate these prospective jurors. We know that the master list provided by the Department of Transportation is demographically reflective of the county as a whole. However, when we attempt to summon jurors from this list, we find a lot of that mail returned because people’s addresses have changed and DOT wasn’t informed. The state office that provides us with these lists could help by using more allowable source lists beyond just DOT, but there are technical challenges to that which must first be resolved.

3. What is the most pressing problem facing the clerk of courts office, and how would you address it? Since 1989, the Bail Monitoring Program has operated out of the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court. Over the past five years, we have implemented some policy reforms as we have reviewed evidence-based decision making principles. Our greatest challenge moving into 2019 and beyond is developing and implementing significant pre-trial services enhancements that will ensure individuals charged with crimes are not needlessly incarcerated while their case is pending. My office has already taken significant first steps in this regard by piloting the Public Safety Assessment tool over the past year to help court officials make better-informed bail decisions.