As filing deadline looms, Democrats Nate Zimdars and Jessica King qualify for State Assembly and 6th Congressional District battles

Democrat Nate Zimdars, a candidate for the 41st State Assembly this fall.

It’s a bit early–the filing deadline is Monday, June 1, but a number of local people seeking elected office have already had their nomination paper signatures validated by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, including Democrat Nate Zimdars who is seeking election to the 41st State Assembly post being vacated by Republican Joan Ballweg. 

Zimdars, by virtue of his being the only Democrat seeking the seat in Madison, will not face an opponent in a partisan primary on Aug. 11.

Several Republicans, however, have had their nomination signatures validated, which means there will be a Republican partisan primary on Aug. 11. 

Gary Will, the former mayor of Ripon, and Alex Dallman, a staffer for Republican Congressman Glen Grothman, will face off on Aug. 11. 

As of today, two candidates for the 6th Congressional District, including Democrat Jessica King, have submitted the required number of valid signatures. The other candidate is incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman. If they are the only candidates with the required valid signatures, they will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. 

A second Democrat, Matt Boor, has taken out nomination papers for the seat in Congress, but the Election Commission did not include him on its list of candidates submitting the required valid signatures on its 12 a.m., May 28 report. If Boor comes up with the required valid signatures by the June 1 deadline, he and King will meet in a partisan primary on Aug. 3.








Third Dem apparently seeking to unseat Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman

A third Democrat is apparently seeking to upset Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman in the 6th Congressional District.

According to an article in the Post Crescent, Amy Washburn, at attorney, is joining the race, which means there will be a primary election on Aug. 11, ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers on April 15. Those papers must be filed by 5 p.m., June 1, to get on the ballot. Washburn and Jessica King, also a Democrat challenger to Grothman, are both attorneys. The third Dem in the field is Matt Boor, a businessman.

Grothman does have an announced Republican challenger, Melissa Mcclintick. View her website.

The newspaper article says Washburn is with Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C., a Milwaukee legal service firm. A review of the firm’s website, however, does not list her as being affiliated with the company.

Ballotpedia, however, does list Washburn as a candidate, but there is very little additional information on her.

Her Linkedin profile says she is an associate attorney with Kohner, Mann, and Kailas. In the profile she writes, 

“I have an extensive skill set based on a broad range of experience, including: having worked as an attorney, a human resources manager, an administrator, a researcher, and a consultant in the medical insurance regulatory field; I have lobbied at the United Nations and the United States Congress, and brought litigation in the courts, for civil and human rights, and social justice issues, including better access to medical care; I have established charitable foundations and obtained tax exemptions for them; I wrote one book on my own, co-authored another, and had significant responsibility for the drafting of several appellate briefs, including several to the United States Supreme Court; I have given presentations and speeches, and presented oral argument to appellate courts; I have negotiated joint venture agreements and employment contracts; I am proficient in, and have taught classes and trained individuals in the use of, many commonly-used computer software programs; and I put myself through school, earning a law degree, and an undergraduate degree in political science and public administration. 

Her profiles says she earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University Law School.  The profile also indicates that she was an attorney with the Milwaukee law firm from 2008 until 2018.

Rep. Grothman sponsors bipartisan bill to limit predatory lending, including rates as high as 36%

Re. Grothman at a Town Hall meeting in Dalton earlier this year.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers that includes 6th Congressional District Republican Glenn Grothman and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, wants to limit interest rates on consumer loans nationally at 36%, “a move that worries the payday and online-lending industries,” The Wall Street Journal reports. 

The legislation introduced Tuesday, Nov. 12, in both chambers of Congress “aims to extend to all consumers an interest-rate limit already in place for the military, its sponsors said. A rate cap of 36% would effectively eliminate traditional payday loans, which often charge interest rates exceeding 300%, as well as many installment loans offered online,” according to The Journal. 

While Democratic lawmakers are the primary supporters of the legislation,Grothman,is backing the House bill. In addition to Brown and Grothman, sponsors are Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. Jesus Garcia, D-Ill. 

The newspaper notes that more than a dozen states “have banned payday loans, and the ranks of states with tough limits on high-cost loans are growing. California last month enacted a law imposing a 36% cap on loans between $2,500 and $9,999. Voters in Colorado approved a 36% limit last year, following similar moves in South Dakota and Montana in recent years.”

Rep. Grothman’s Democratic challenger, Jessica King, claiming champion of the working class mantle

Jessica King was one of the speakers at the recent JFK dinner in Ripon

Jessica King, the Oshkosh Democrat seeking to unseat 6th Congressional District Republican Glenn Grothman, took her “champion of the working class” message to another group Wednesday in Oshkosh.

The article states: “Her decision to challenge Grothman stemmed from becoming a mother three and a half years ago.

After King became a mother, she looked at issues like climate change, the student debt crisis, unaffordable health care and stagnating incomes for the middle class, and wondered what kind of a world her son would grow up in.

“My son is the 6th generation of the King family to live in the 6th congressional district,” King said. “I really want this to be a thriving place for him. And I’m concerned that if we don’t send real advocates to Washington to solve real problems, I don’t know what I’m handing him.”

Green Lake resident Ken Knight [a member of the Green Lake Dems & Friends and a contributor to this website} attended the campaign event and said he supports King because she’s willing to compromise to pass legislation.

Knight had previously been a “lifelong Republican,” voting for the party in every major election until 2012. He said the party has moved too far to the right and drifted away from his core values.

“I haven’t budged in my beliefs, but they’ve diverged,” Knight said of the Republicans

Read article from the Advance Titan. 


6th CD DEM candidates Matt Boor and Jessica King spoke at annual JFK dinner

Democrats Matt Boor and Jessica King, both seeking to unseat incumbent Republican 6th District Congressman Glen Grothman, were among the speakers Sunday night at the annual JFK fundraising dinner, Sunday, Oct. 13 at Ripon College. The event featured a number of prominent Democrats and featured keynote speaker Alex Lasy, a senior vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks and one of the leaders in bringing the Democratic National Convention to Milwaukee next summer. For more on Boor, check out his Facebook page. For more on King, visit her Facebook page.


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