Wilkens praises efforts of all who helped canvass on Feb. 8, reminds people to vote on Feb. 18

Linda Wilkens

By Linda Wilkens
Chair, Green Lake County Demopcratic Party

The Green Lake County Dems & Friends took action with their first official canvass of 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 8. This was a “60 Day to Victory” canvass. 

There are two important upcoming elections: the primary election, Tuesday, Feb. 18, and the spring election, Tuesday, April 7. 

The first election, on the 18th, will determine the two candidates that will meet on April 7 for a seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. We were fortunate this year to have two of the three candidates, Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette Law School Professor come to speak to us. They are running on the 18th against current Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. 

The April 7 election is a presidential preference election.

I encourage all of you to be a grassroots activist by contacting friends, family and others to encourage them to vote in both elections.

Kurt and I want to thank everyone who contributed to and participated in the canvass. Together we put the canvass materials together, delivered them to our “excellent” staging location, greeted canvassers, trained and sent canvassers and their drivers to Berlin, Green Lake, Markesan, and Princeton. We completed 9 of the 10 city turfs. The remaining turf was a small one. Some of the turfs were long and because of the distances between houses they took a long time. Our data entry people completed everything on Saturday. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 

We also ate, drank coffee and shared our concerns about the state of things in our government. These canvasses bring people together. We are grateful to everyone. THANK YOU!!! If we do not get out the vote in Green Lake County, no one will and every vote we get is one more vote to victory.

I like this quote by the Dalai Lama, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

Chair’s Corner: Linda Wilkens

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.


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