The Chair’s Corner is a new feature on the Green Lake County Dems and Friends website. Periodically, I will share my thoughts about what is happening in our organization and other items of interest. This first edition includes fun, facts, a feature and a fantastic website. I hope you enjoy it.

Everyone wants to have fun and we did that at our last meeting on Saturday, February 2. We celebrated Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring.) with a potluck. We had great food and interesting conversations with new and old friends. Fun is essential to building a strong community.

Here are the facts about early voting and absentee voting by mail. The spring election is April 2, 2019. Absentee ballots can be requested now through Thursday, March 28. When the clerks receive the official ballots, they will mail them. The clerks must receive the completed ballots by Election Day. In person early voting can begin as soon as the clerks receive the ballots; they will have them no later than March 11. Each clerk decides when early voting begins. Contact your local clerk for details. The last day to vote early in person is March 29, the Friday before the election.

There are no primary elections in Green Lake County or Ripon. The April 2, 2019 spring election is important. Judges Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn are on the ballot for the Justice of the State Supreme Court (10-year term). Information on both candidates is found on our website. Mark Gundrum, incumbent, is on the ballot for Court of Appeals Judge, District II (6-year term). Jerry Jaye, incumbent, and Doug Iverson, Ripon attorney and city alderman, are on the ballot for municipal judge for Lakeside Municipal Court (4-year term).  Ripon and all of the cities in Green Lake County are included in this district. Municipal courts handle items such as traffic violations.

We had a lively discussion on local elections in Green Lake County and the city of Ripon. People are inspired to get involved in their communities and in local politics. There is one open seat with no candidate on the ballot in the city of Green Lake, District 2. There can be a write in campaign for that position.

Our Feature is a Meet and Greet Event for Supreme Court Justice candidate Lisa Neubauer on February 23 at the Goose Blind in Green Lake. This is a non- partisan race. Everyone is invited to meet Lisa, Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and get her views on the role of a Supreme Court Justice. We hope everyone comes and invites family and friends.

We are living our motto, “Moving Forward Together”. Let’s keep it up.