Secretary of State

Four-year term

The Secretary of State oversees a variety of services for state government and Wisconsin municipalities, maintains the official acts of the legislature and Governor, and keeps the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and affixes it to all official acts of the Governor. The Secretary of State will earn an annual salary of $72,551 per year, beginning January, 2019.

Candidates:

Jay Schroeder (Republican)
Doug La Follette (Democratic), Incumbent


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JAY SCHROEDER (Rep)

Neenah, WI 54956
schroederforsecretaryofstate@gmail.com
http://schroederforwi.com
Facebook: Jay Schroeder
Twitter: @schroederforwi

1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. After contacting thousands of voters in Wisconsin their number one priority mentioned was to implement term limits for the Office of Secretary of State. Term limits would have prevented duties from being taken away from the office. Even the democrats never gave Lafollette duties back. As I was told 40 years in office is to long. Also, I will be requesting to become a member of the election commission and be an "Election Watchdog" for Wisconsin ensuring fair and honest elections.

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? My training in Real Estate and over 20 years experience will be invaluable in serving on the BCPL. No other candidate has the background to offer the board and protect the citizens and the land that I can offer. Priority one will be efficient stewardship of $1billion in assets that the WI taxpayers entrust to the BPCL. The BCPL is constitutionally bound to direct all income to public education for books at K-12 school libraries, not for Mr. Lafollette to spend on 4 and 5 star hotels.

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? Together we will bring transparency back to elections by adding the Secretary of State to the Election Commission as an "Election Watchdog" along with being a member of the Economic Development Commission. Duties added will be for the term of office and expire when the term expires, the Secretary of State will propose duties for their term. A goal to that end will be to publish a quarterly news letter in what the department has done and the areas it will be working on with all 72 counties.


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DOUG LA FOLLETTE (Dem)

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.