By Mal­colm McIn­tyre

We all agree: we can’t agree on who should be our party’s choice to stand for elec­tion this Nov.6 against incum­bent Gov. Scott Walk­er.

At our reg­u­lar month­ly Aug. 4 meet­ing at the Caesteck­er Pub­lic Library, we decid­ed to ask the 25 or so peo­ple in atten­dance who they planned to vote for in the upcom­ing Aug. 14 par­ti­san pri­ma­ry elec­tion. We agreed that if some­one was not com­fort­able con­tribut­ing to the process they did not have to par­tic­i­pate, but most did in a spir­it­ed and pas­sion­ate dia­log.

And the results were all over the place. No one can­di­date seemed to have a pre­pon­der­ance of sup­port. In fact, mul­ti­ple mem­bers spoke in favor of Tony Evers, Mahlon Mitchell, Matt Fly­nn, Kel­da Roys, Kath­leen Vine­hout, and Mike McCabe. Only Paul Soglin and Josh Pade failed to gain some ver­bal sup­port.

In every case, mem­bers had heard, in per­son, from all of these can­di­dates. Either at one of the 4-Co Can­di­date Forums that have been held over the course of the last year, or in some oth­er venue. Most of the mem­bers in atten­dance know who Soglin is, but he has not ven­tured out to our area, which may have hin­dered his effort to gain sup­port. No one expressed sup­port for Pade who has prob­a­bly had the least expo­sure of any of the can­di­dates.

There was also con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion about whether mem­bers should vote on Aug. 14 for the can­di­date they liked best or the one they felt had the best chance to top­ple Walk­er. Here too there was no con­sen­sus, but con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion on both options.

There was a con­sen­sus, how­ev­er, that the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends will sup­port com­plete­ly whomev­er is the win­ner.

Note: Orga­ni­za­tion poli­cies pro­hib­it us from endors­ing any can­di­date run­ning in a par­ti­san pri­ma­ry.