Election Watch – May 15

WEAC recommends education-friendly candidates in special elections

WEAC is recommending candidates who prioritize students and public schools in the June 12 special election. The recommendations come as Republican candidates selected their candidates in Tuesday’s partisan primary (André Jacque in Senate District 1 and Jon Plumer in Assembly District 42).


Senate District 1: Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay

  • Supports investments in our public schools and technical colleges.
  • Advocates for affordable healthcare and childcare for Wisconsin workers.
  • A product of Wisconsin’s public schools and universities.
  • Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, with experience in commercial real estate finance.

Assembly District 42: Ann Groves Lloyd of Lodi

  • Believes Wisconsin should work to provide health care to all.
  • Supports protections to our environment and natural resources.
  • Earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at UW-Madison.
  • UW-Madison Director of Career Services with experience as adviser, career services director and associate dean, as well as an alderperson on the Lodi Common Council.

Other Election Updates:

In the governor’s race, news reports say Democrats are planning to quickly pivot after the August 14 general election to avoid being caught flat-footed in the Wisconsin governor’s race. Democrat Mike Crute has dropped out of race for governor, even after he participated in a forum over the weekend. Here are the audio recordings:

On the Republican side, the governor opened applications to a $100-per-child tax rebate timed in conjunction with his election bid, and told agencies to plan for 0% growth in their 2019-21 budgets. He also unveiled his third TV ad. His first ad talks about efforts to bolster worker training in the state, but features a firefighter who did not benefit directly from the program being touted. One Wisconsin Now called the ad misleading, but Walker’s campaign defended it, noting that the EMT and firefighter in the ad said Walker is helping people “like me,” not her specifically.

Barca passes on congressional bid. Kenosha Democrat PeterBarca is passing on a bid for the congressional seat (CD 1, being vacated by Paul Ryan) he held more than 20 years ago, saying it would take a “Herculean effort to piece together a winning campaign” considering the head start others have.

Related Reading:
With GOP U.S. Senate endorsement in hand, Leah Vukmir prepares to tour party offices
CD 1 candidate Cathy Myers took homestead credit in Illinois while living and voting in Wisconsin
Robin Vos, other Wisconsin lawmakers billed taxpayers $4,300 for one-day trip to Ohio
Republican State Rep. Ed Brooks of Reedsburg won’t seek AD 50 re-election

This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.