Governor / Lt. Governor

Four-year term

Vote for one Governor / Lt. Governor pair

The Governor is the state’s chief executive, representing all the people and responsible for safeguarding the public interest. The Governor has the authority to veto legislation and to direct state policy. Through the biennial budget, the Governor reviews and directs the activities of all administrative agencies. The Governor also appoints over 1,000 persons to various councils and boards, which advise and serve state government. The Governor serves as commander in chief of the Wisconsin National Guard when it is called into state service during emergencies. The Governor will earn an annual salary of $152,756 beginning January, 2019.

The Lieutenant Governor is the state’s second-ranking executive officer. If the incumbent Governor dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the Lieutenant Governor becomes Governor for the rest of the term. The Lieutenant Governor may be designated to represent the Governor’s office on any statutory board, commission, or committee on which the Governor is entitled to membership. The Lieutenant Governor will earn an annual salary of $80,684 beginning January, 2019.

Candidates:

Scott Walker / Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican), Incumbent
Tony Evers / Mandela Barnes (Democratic)
Phillip Anderson / Patrick Baird (Libertarian)
Michael J. White / Tiffany Anderson (Wisconsin Green)
Maggie Turnbull / Wil Losch (Independent)
Arnie Enz / No candidate (The Wisconsin Party)


Republican

Scott Walker (gov)

Madison, WI 53704

NO REPLY

REBECCA KLEEFISCH (Lt. Gov)

Sullivan, WI 53178

NO REPLY


Democratic

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Tony Evers (gov)

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.

MANDELA BARNES (Lt. Gov)

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


Libertarian

PHILlIP ANDERSON (gov)

Fitchburg, WI 53719
phil@4PhilAnderson.org
http://TeamGuv.org
Facebook: 4PhilAnderson- WI Governor
Twitter: @4PhilAnderson

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. My 1st priority is to enact comprehensive criminal justice reform. We must end the racist War on Cannabis, end mandatory minimum sentencing, support jury nullification, pardon those incarcerated for non-violent drug crimes, expunge the criminal records of those same people, and restore voting rights to those on paper. Let's free people, reunite families, reduce the cost of police and jails. It's only right! My 2nd priority is to end corporate welfare by ending WEDC and the state income tax.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Neighborhoods/schools will be safer when people are more educated about firearms, and learn to defend themselves. Gun violence is down in the U.S. since 1991, and gun ownership rates have increased, but people still need to know more about defending themselves, and their right to do so. Safety issues in neighborhoods/schools should be left to local authorities, who know what's best for their communities. Criminal justice reform will help police have better relationships with their communities.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? The answer to better, cheaper, more universal health care is to decouple health insurance from employment- portability helps solve the pre-existing condition issue- and decouple insurance from primary care. Insurance unnecessarily increases the cost of primary care. I support subscription primary care services, and getting the market involved to increase choice and competition. While there are many who still need help, let's give them vouchers so they can choose the care appropriate to them.

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? The solution to racial disparities is to end the racist War on Cannabis. If we do so, and follow the criminal justice reform plan I've laid out, there will be fewer people in jail, families will be reunited, fewer children will live (and die) in poverty, more people will be working and supporting families, educational outcomes will improve, less money will be spent on jails, police, social services, and economic supports, and the communities suffering most will have a chance to thrive.

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PATRICK BAIRD (Lt. Gov)

Madison, WI 53715
patbaird2@gmail.com
http://TeamGuv.org
Facebook: Baird for WI Lt Governor

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Reduce government interference in people's lives Increase local control Increase personal choice and freedom

2. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? Protecting natural resources is vital for the tourism industry, but I favor solutions that do not impede reasonable business practices or violate property rights.

3. What criminal justice reforms would you support that would decrease recidivism and reduce the prison population? End the War on Drugs Pardon non violent drug offenders Expungement

4. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment


Wisconsin Green

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Michael J. White (gov)

Mindoro, WI 54644
michael2018@mwhite4gov.com
www.mwhite4gov.com

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. I have leadership experience, having commanded a military hospital and troops deployed overseas. My priorities in office will be to bring the Democrats and Republicans into a partnership, to address problems they ignore. The problems are climate change, the environment, gun violence, racial disparities and injustice, the cost of health care, integrity of the voting process, systemic challenges to our schools, and infrastructure deterioration.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I own guns. I have also experienced gun violence first hand. I support the 2nd amendment. I do not believe rapid fire weapons belong in the open market. I would support our police and I would support changes to the way guns are sold in Wisconsin, to reduce the chance of gun violence happening in our public places. I would seek the advice of educators, students, teachers, parents, and peace officers to find a workable solution. We all want to fix this. We can fix this.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? Yes. Wisconsin cannot solve the medical care cost problems alone. We must work with the federal government and every other partner we can find, to provide affordable care for all. One of my biggest priorities will be to reduce the cost of medicines. I see patients in tears every week, because they cannot afford their medicines. I have seen generic medicines that I prescribe increase 20 fold, in one year.

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? I grew up in Detroit, attended racially diverse schools, experienced crime, poverty and drugs first hand. I was mugged and pistol-whipped. My brother became a heroin addict. Both my brother and sister were high school drop outs. The key to reducing racial disparities is equality of opportunity. All barriers to education must be removed. If Cuba can drive down infant mortality, we can too. It starts with enough to eat, good schools, security at home, solid basic services.

TIFFANY ANDERSON (Lt. Gov)

Cudahy, WI 53110

NO REPLY


Independent

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Maggie Turnbull (gov)

Madison, WI 53713
Governorcontact@maggieforgovernor.com
www.maggieforgovernor.com
Facebook: Maggie Turnbull for Wisconsin Governor

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. The top priority of my Administration is to ensure that all Wisconsin citizens are represented -- regardless of which political party has a majority. Before signing a bill into law, I will require (1) each Legislator to demonstrate that the new policy has their district's support, and (2) a two-thirds supermajority vote. I served for 4 years on the Antigo City Council, and I run large, tightly budgeted teams of scientists, engineers, and industry specialists to build our Nation's space missions.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? I embrace Wisconsin's hunting heritage. However, we MUST reduce gun crime and protect the school environment. I support (1) Requiring criminal background checks for assault style weapons, (2) instituting "guardianship," where gun owners are legally responsible for crimes committed with weapons they own, and (3) weapons screening in schools combined with active cross-disciplinary emphasis on peer-to-peer interactions that help students feel connected to one another and cared for, not ostracized.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? I support accepting federal funding to expand BadgerCare programs, and to offer primary care for all Wisconsin children. BadgerCare programs are crucial to the well-being of the people they serve and they save our state money by catching problems early on. The federal money to expand Medicaid has also been shown in other states to create new private sector jobs. By NOT accepting these funds, Wisconsin taxpayers are paying for other states to benefit in terms of both health and economic growth.

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? I support tackling Wisconsin's racial disparities through many efforts at once: (1) a public awareness campaign under the "Wisconsin Idea, 2.0," to expose the reality of the problem and showcase restorative justice and school retention programs, (2) public-private partnerships helping kids prepare for careers, (3) training law enforcement against racial bias and in building relationships with racially diverse neighborhoods, and (4) reforming drug laws biased against minorities and the poor.

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WIL LOSCH (Lt. gov)

Rhinelander, WI 54501
Loschfor34@gmail.com
http://maggieforgovernor.com
Facebook: Maggie Turnbull for Wisconsin Governor
Twitter: @SensibleCentrst

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. The Turnbull-Losch administration’s priority will be to ensure that state policies have broad support from Wisconsin’s citizens. Maggie and I propose a new “Wisconsin Idea, 2.0” -- supporting community-led proposals to “improve health, quality of life, the environment, and agriculture for all citizens.”  I have been a public servant for over two decades, including as a middle and high school teacher and principal. I know public service means including diverse perspectives in solutions. 

2. How do you propose to balance economic development with protection of natural resources? The long term health of our environment and the health of our economy are linked. As one goes, so will the other.  We trust citizens and communities are capable of understanding costs and benefits. The role of good government is to make sure that citizens have sound information about all the costs and benefits. Three keys include: science informing decisions, embracing public/private partnerships that work for natural resources, citizens and economy, and finally--local decision-making steers.

3. What criminal justice reforms would you support that would decrease recidivism and reduce the prison population? We will support: sentencing reform/repealing three strikes laws, developing restorative justice sentencing practices, legalization of marijuana for adult users (keeping in place laws related to minors), building incentives for private businesses to train and hire citizens that are coming out of jail/prison, using the UW and technical college system to further develop educational programs for incarcerated citizens, resisting any movement to privatize state corrections or use out of state prisons.

4. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Stories of gun violence and crime are emotional, shake us to our core and become repetitive in a way that we feel hopeless to combat. Statistically such incidents are infrequent events, even though many of us (including myself) have stories that hit close to our homes/hearts. Providing the most distraught, marginalized or isolated citizens the support they need is how to prevent violence. Government and private individuals/organizations have responsibilities in this regard. 


The Wisconsin Party

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Arnie Enz (gov)

Appleton, WI 54915
arnie4wis@gmail.com
www.arnieenz.com
Facebook: Arnie Enz
Twitter: @ArnieEnz

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. First, we must get the money and corruption out of our government. We'll do this by enacting comprehensive campaign and election reform legislation. Then we'll work on the most important thing, environmental and economic sustainability. Right now we are spending our children's  inheritance. It needs to stop. Lastly, we need to be kind to each other, we never win by demonizing the other side.  I am qualified because I am NOT a career politician. I am a servant leader for the people of Wisconsin.

2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? We need to address the root causes of violence in families and in communities. That requires changes across many areas of our society. Obviously, we need background checks to prevent criminals and domestic abusers from having guns. But we also need to combat the causes of mental illness, including depression and loneliness, as on average 62 of the 96 gun deaths that happen every day are by suicide. We need to help all of our brothers and sisters to live in community, for no person is an island.

3. Do you support taking advantage of the federal funding to expand Medicaid and cover more people under BadgerCare? Why or why not? We should take the federal funding to expand BadgerCare because it will help up to 250,000 of our friends, family, and neighbors who wouldn't otherwise have insurance. But in the long run, we still need to fix health care in Wisconsin, not access to insurance. It is broken. And it was broken long before the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). As a nation, we pay over twice as much for medical care as other developed nations and we have some of the worst health care outcomes. We need to fix that.

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's not about just REDUCING racial disparities, it's about continuously and with every fiber of our being ELIMINATING every manifestation of injustice. In the words of MLK, we are faced with the triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism. We must confront them by holding each other accountable to call out the incidents of injustice we see in our daily lives and then taking direct action to resolve the evil in that instance. And we must to do it every time. All of us. The governor included.

No candidate (Lt. Gov)