Information on the four other Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates; primary election Feb. 16


In an earlier post, we provided information on three of the candidates for the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction post. Today, we are providing information on the other four candidates.

Note, if these candidates gather the required 2,000 signatures on nomination papers and submit them by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, they will be on the primary ballot on Feb. 16. If they fall short of the needed signatures, they will not be on the ballot

Joining Joe Fenrick, Jill Underly, and Sheila Briggs, the three candidates identified in that earlier post are:

Troy Gunderson
Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams
Deborah Kerr, and
Steve Krull.

You can learn more about Gunderson from his website and Facebook page.

Learn more about Hendricks-Williams conduct a Google search on her name. She apparently does on have a campaign website or Facebook page. She also did not complete a Ballotpedia survey form. 

Learn more about Kerr on her website and FB page.

Learn more about Krull on his website and FB page.

All of the candidates may have additional social media options, such as Instagram and Linkedin.





Three candidates for state’s top schools post joined us for December Green Lake County Dems & Friends meeting

Fond du Lac”s Joe Fenrick gathering signatures for his nomination papers.


Three of the six candidates for the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction office being contested in the Feb. 16 primary election participated in some form at the Dec. 5, 2020 meeting of the Green Lake County Dems & Friends meeting via Zoom or in person.

Jill Underly

Jill Underlay was one of those candidates. Learn more about her by visiting her campaign website and Facebook page. You can also follow her Twitter feed

Also participating via Zoom was Sheila Briggs, another candidate for the state’s top educator post. Learn more about Sheila at her Briggs for Kids website.

The third candidate at our meeting Saturday was Joe Fenrick, from Fond du Lac. Joe made the trip to Green Lake for the meeting, wore a face mask, practiced social distancing and tried hard to keep warm. Fenrick, a high school science teacher, has attended our meetings in the past. He also serves on the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors. Visit Fenick’s website, and  Facebook page.

Technically, this is a nonpartisan election, which means that none of the candidates on the ballot will be identified by their political party affiliations.

Sheila Briggs

Because there are six announced candidates for the position, it appears there will be a primary election on Feb. 16, for those candidates who garner enough signatures on their nomination papers. Each candidate is required to have a minimum of 2,000 signatures submitted to the Wisconsin Elections Commission by  5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of January, 2021 (Jan. 5).

If you are interested in signing a nomination paper for your preferred candidate, you can download a nomination paper from the candidate’s website.

Next week we will provide information on the other announced candidates.

Voters in Adams, Waushara counties approve Fair Maps referendums on Tuesday

Matt Rothschild of the Democracy Campaign spoke to a gathering in Montello last year on the Fair Maps effort. Marquette County voters approved a Fair Maps referendum last year.


Add two more counties to the growing list of Wisconsin counties allowing its voters to voice their opinion on Fair Maps, the statewide effort to end gerrymandering.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Adams and Waushara County voters easily passed non binding advisory referenda.

In Adams County, the vote was 6,759 (64%) to 3,897(36%).

In Waushara County the vote was 8,074 (64%) to 4,439 (36%), so both ballot issues passed with more than 60% of the vote.

In addition to Adams and Waushara counties, eight additional counties had the Fair Maps referendum on their ballots on Tuesday, as did three municipalities. 

Check back in the next couple of weeks for more information on the highly popular Fair Maps effort. 

Republicans retain 6th Congressional, 14th State Senate, 41st State Assembly, and 42nd State Assembly seats

The Republicans who easily won in Green Lake County carried their success onto their broader contests Tuesday as Glen Grothman, Joan Ballweg, Alex Dallman, and Jon Plumer easily defeated their Democrat Party challengers.

All of them won at least 60 percent of the votes cast.

Grothman, the incumbent 6th Congressional District Republican Congressman defeated Democrat Jessica King, 198,004 (60%) to 130,983 (40%).

Ballweg, the former 41st State Assembly Republican rep from Markesan, defeated Joni Anderson, 49,136 (66%) to 25,659 (34%) in the 14th State Senate race.

Dallman turned back Democrat Nate Zimdars, 14,585 (60%) to 8,380 (35%) in the district wide race for the 41st State Assembly. Independent Jesan Bartz had 1,317 (5%) of the votes cast.

In the 42nd State Assembly race, incumbent Jon Plummer turned back Democrat Melissa Arndt, 15,503 (61%) to 9,722 (39%).


Green Lake County remains red as all Republicans win



All of the Republican candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot in Green Lake County came away victorious Tuesday. This was not a surprise as the county continues to be a GOP stronghold.


Presidential Race

Republican incumbent Donald Trump 3,489

Democrat Joseph Biden 1,608


6th Congressional District

Republican incumbent Glenn Grothman 3,958

Democrat Jessica King 1,515


14th State Senate

Republican Joan Ballweg  4,165

Democrat Joni Anderson 1,308


41st State Assembly

Republican Alex Dallman 3,248

Democrat Nate Zimdars 1,165

Independent Jean Bartz 145


42nd State Assembly

Republican Jon Plumer 687

Democrat  Melissa Arndt 209


Look for more articles on the election in the coming days.

Uphill battle for our guy Democrat Nate Zimdars as he seeks win in gerrymandered 41st State Assembly District


Nobody said it would be easy, not even Nate Zimdars.

But heading into Tuesday’s election, Zimdars, running as a Democrat, faced an uphill battle. First, the 41st State Assembly District has long been a Republican stronghold (just ask Joan Ballweg), 

Second, in the Aug. 11 primary election this year Zimdars pulled in 3,098 votes. He was unopposed. His opponent on Tuesday, Republican Alex Dallman, did slightly better in August with 3,392 votes. But Dallman was competing against three other Republicans who gained another 3,494 votes. In other words, in August there were 6,886 votes cast for Republicans. 

Contrast this with Zimdars’ 3,392 votes and it is clear that the Republican vote total was roughly double that of the Democrat.

Of course, this was just a primary and primaries typically don’t produce high levels of voter turnout. In fact, since there were four candidates running on the Republican side, it could be said that the almost 7,000 Republican votes were there primarily because this was a contested primary.

But wait, let’s go back and look at the vote totals the last time there was a race in the 41st Assembly District, in 2018. In that race, Republican incumbent Joan Ballweg easily beat Democrat Frank Buress, 5,205 to 2,160 in Green Lake County. Ballweg also did well throughout the district as she topped Buress,15,257 (63%) to 8,984 (37%).

So what does all this mean? Simply put, the odds of Zimdars beating Dallman–at least based on past voting–are remote, not only in Green Lake County, but in the district as a whole. It is possible, if the Blue Wave materializes, that Zimdars will do well, but upsetting Dallman, who has worked as a staffer for 6th Congressional District Congressman Glenn Grothman, and who has served as the chair of the Green Lake Republican Party would be a stunning upset. 

One can hope, right?







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