State Senator

Four-year term

The Wisconsin Legislature is made up of a 33 member senate and the 99 member assembly, together with the service agencies created by the legislature and the staff employed by each house. Senators serve staggered four year terms and assembly members serve two year terms. The legislature’s main responsibility is to make policy by enacting state laws. The legislature can also override a governor’s veto of any legislation by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature. Members will earn an annual salary of $52,999 beginning January, 2019.

Candidates:

District 13

Scott Fitzgerald (Republican), Incumbent
Michelle Zahn (Democratic)

District 15

Janis Ringhand (Democratic), Incumbent

District 27

Casey Helbach (Republican)
Jon B. Erpenbach (Democratic), Incumbent


DISTRICT 13

SCOTT FITZGERALD (rep)

Juneau, WI 53039 

NO REPLY


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MICHELLE ZAHN (dem)

Juneau, WI 53039
zahnforsenate@gmail.com
http://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 [CHARACTER LIMIT]

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 (dem)

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

CASEY HELBACH (rep)

Madison, WI 53719

NO REPLY


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JON B. ERPENBACH (DEM)

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.