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Online Tool Engages Public in Qualifying Candidates for the Ballot

April 30, 2020

With social distancing practices and stay-at-home orders preventing candidates from approaching voters in person and a June 1 deadline looming for candidates to submit signatures on nomination papers to gain a place on the ballot for this fall’s elections, the grassroots social action group Our Wisconsin Revolution is launching a website allowing the public to easily find candidates’ nomination forms and sign for them without leaving home.

The online system, developed in conjunction with the AI-driven political consulting firm AlephAPI, responds to the dilemma posed by the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s decision to require candidates to comply with traditional nomination requirements despite COVID-19 restrictions. The number of signatures by eligible voters on nomination forms needed to qualify for the ballot is unchanged and the commission is not allowing digital forms or electronic signatures.

“If the task of gathering nomination signatures is left entirely to those seeking to run, and they have to gather those signatures without approaching voters, there will inevitably be a significant number of candidates who fall short of the number of signatures required to be included on the ballot and voters will have fewer choices in key elections,” Our Wisconsin Revolution executive director Mike McCabe said. “That’s why we’re providing this way for the public to get involved as never before in helping candidates get on the ballot. We all need to pitch in to make sure democracy survives COVID-19.”

Voters can go to the website nominationpapers.ourwisconsinrev.com, enter their street address and zip code, and the system automatically generates pre-filled nomination papers for candidates in their area. The papers can then be printed, signed and mailed to the address on each candidate’s nomination form. Visitors to the site can download the nomination papers for candidates they support directly from the site, or they can choose to have the forms emailed to them.

“The aim here is to make it easy for eligible voters in a household to follow the state’s inflexible rules and sign nomination forms for candidates in their area while still practicing social distancing and honoring Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order,” McCabe said, adding that each eligible voter in a household can sign for only one candidate for each office. For the nominations to be valid, each nomination petition also needs to be signed by a circulator certifying it. The person signing as the circulator also can be one of the signers of the petition. The forms generated by the online system are in a format approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Our Wisconsin Revolution will be encouraging voters throughout the state to print, sign and mail back nomination papers for candidates they support and also share the link to the website nominationpapers.ourwisconsinrev.com with neighbors, friends and contacts in their communities and throughout the state to maximize public participation in the nomination process.

“AlephAPI is excited to partner with Our Wisconsin Revolution to offer Wisconsinites a one-stop solution for signing nomination papers safely at home. Founded in 2018, AlephAPI’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by empowering people in our political process and increasing electoral participation,” AlephAPI’s Bob Harlow and Terrance Warthen said.

The deadline for candidates to submit nomination signatures to the Wisconsin Elections Commission is June 1, making it important for voters to get their signed and certified forms mailed back to the candidates as far in advance of that date as possible. Wisconsin’s fall general election is November 3. The primary election is August 11.

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Summit Aims to Mobilize People to Counter Big Money

Voices that are too often unheard or ignored and critical problems that are going unsolved will be center stage at the Wisconsin Organize to Win Summit on Saturday, February 29.

People from across the state have signed up to attend the gathering at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park Street, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the featured speakers will be teen climate activists Stephanie Salgado and Max Prestigiacomo, ex-inmate and criminal justice reform advocate Carl Fields, immigration lawyer Shabnam Lotfi, and steelworker and union activist Randy Bryce. Congressman Mark Pocan will give welcoming remarks and Our Wisconsin Revolution director Mike McCabe will emcee the event. Other speakers will tell personal stories of struggling to gain access to medical care, dealing with economic insecurity and financial instability, and challenging the political system by running for local or state office.

Stephanie Salgado
Max Prestigiacomo
Carl Fields
Shabnam Lotfi
Randy Bryce

“Our state and our country have gotten to a dangerous place, seemingly numb to intensifying inequality, fiddling while our planet burns, passively watching democracy slip from our grasp. The last thing we should do is sit home alone,” McCabe said. “That’s why we decided to create this opportunity for people to come together to network, to strategize and to organize. Huge sums of money are flooding into Wisconsin to influence our elections. Mobilizing people in our state is the best way to answer all the outside money.”

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Lawmakers Respond to Rural Bleeding with Cosmetics

February 12, 2020

With Wisconsin losing more than two family farms a day, state lawmakers convened in a special session are considering largely symbolic measures that fail to address the driving forces behind the farm crisis and are responding to hemorrhaging rural communities by offering to hand out what amounts to cosmetics gift sets.

“The agenda the governor put forward for the special session was puny. The agenda legislative leaders are now settling on is puny. The ideas are all well and good. But they don’t get anywhere close to the root of what’s gone haywire in the farm economy and what’s killing rural communities,” said Our Wisconsin Revolution executive director Mike McCabe, who got his start in life milking cows and working the land with his family, first in Rock County and later in Clark County.

“Family farmers are being driven out of business by get-big-or-get-out policies fueling massive-scale industrialization of agriculture. Why not an immediate moratorium on new factory feedlots? Why not put Wisconsin on record in favor of a new national supply management system allowing family farmers to keep their heads above water? Why not use the state budget surplus to bring high-speed Internet to the many places that currently can’t get it? Why not think as big as the farm crisis itself?” McCabe said.

He added that most rural residents do not farm but rather live and work in small towns. The legislature’s special session should address the health of the rural communities that farmers are a part of and depend on.

Our Wisconsin Revolution put forward eight ways to stabilize the farm economy, strengthen rural communities, and make the state a leader nationally in promoting countermeasures to rural decline:

  • A moratorium on new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), the gigantic agricultural factories that are putting family farms out of business, and stricter oversight of manure disposal preventing CAFOs from contaminating drinking water in rural communities and shifting the cost of pollution control and abatement to the public.

  • Parity pricing and supply management to assure farmers of a living wage for their labor, keep farms profitable and allow smaller-scale, family-run farms to compete with corporate agricultural factories. Parity pricing was a staple of U.S. agricultural policy dating back to the 1930s until it was jettisoned in the 1970s and 1980s. Family farmers have been pushed to the brink by close to 50 years of policies incentivizing industrialized agriculture, encouraging overproduction and destabilizing commodity prices. And they’ve been dealt an additional lethal blow by disastrous federal trade policies that have triggered retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm products.

  • Universal high-speed Internet and cell phone service. Meaningfully addressing the rural-urban divide requires dealing with the digital divide. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than a quarter of people living in rural areas lack access to even minimum speed broadband, compared to less than 2% without it in urban areas. Rural electrification in the 1930s and 1940s brought electrical power to even the most remote rural areas of the country and revolutionized the rural economy and rural life. A comparable effort is needed to bring the 21st Century equivalent of electricity—high-speed Internet and mobile voice—to every small town and farm. It’s not possible to fully participate in the 21st Century economy or modern society without these tools. Dead zones so commonly found in rural areas contribute significantly to rising economic and social inequality. Reliable Internet and cell phone signals are basic necessities in this day and age and way too many people can’t get them.

  • No more rural school closings. Schools are the heart of a rural community. Cut out the heart and the community dies. A moratorium on local school closings needs to be established and enforced. Rural school rescue aid should be made part of the school financing system.

  • Keep the local post offices open. Post offices are invaluable community assets, particularly in rural areas where the digital divide looms large. Post office closings in small towns increase rural isolation and economic disparities. Vibrant rural communities depend on the U.S. Postal Service remaining true to its statutory mission of binding the nation together and its universal service obligation guaranteeing service to every American residence and business at a standard affordable price, with no area of the country discriminated against, no matter how costly or difficult to reach.

  • Establish new satellite college campuses in rural areas. No new university campuses have been established in Wisconsin since 1968. Since 1994, eight new prisons have been built and a ninth built by a private company was purchased by the state on speculation. Two new youth prisons are on the way. Siting small satellite campuses in underserved rural areas not only would be a boon to local economies and expand access to higher education to rural populations, it also would make good on the Wisconsin Idea that the boundaries of the university system should be the boundaries of the state. Telling people living in remote parts of the state to avail themselves of online courses or distance learning is insensitive bordering on cruel considering the lack of access to reliable high-speed Internet in rural areas.

  • Make it possible to maintain decent roads. Bad roads and a good economy are incompatible. State transportation policy has for years favored new construction and highway expansion—especially in urban and suburban areas—over basic upkeep to the point where some small towns and rural areas have been left with no choice but to tear up paved roads and go back to gravel because they can’t afford to keep filling their potholes. Putting a stop to this trend can be done by reorienting transportation spending to prioritize maintenance of existing roads.

  • Restore local democracy and home rule. Well over 100 state laws have been made in Wisconsin since 2011 taking away decision-making authority from local communities. State preemption laws limit or prohibit local decisions on everything from school budgets and shoreline development to building codes and property inspections. Elected representatives chosen by the people in local communities have had their hands tied with respect to the bidding process for local road projects, siting of animal feedlots and approval of mining projects or the construction of oil and gas pipelines. Communities are not allowed to set their own workplace standards for wages, benefits and working conditions and cannot have a minimum wage higher than the state’s. They can’t establish their own sick leave policies. They can’t join with other communities to set up regional transit authorities. Communities should be given way more latitude to decide what’s best for them.

“Family farmers are in crisis. Small towns are struggling and slowly dying. A way of life is threatened with extinction. This touches all of us, no matter where you live,” McCabe said. “One of the most powerful forces splitting America—the rural-urban divide—needs to be tackled and there is no better place to get serious about the effort than the state known as America’s Dairyland.”

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McCabe Named OWR’s Director

Our Wisconsin Revolution has selected longtime government watchdog and democracy reform advocate Mike McCabe to be the group’s executive director. Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven organization aiming to make Wisconsin’s government of, by and for the people.

“Mike McCabe brings decades of activism and thousands of supporters to this work, and we’re delighted he’s assuming the role of OWR’s first-ever executive director. We’re confident his leadership will take us to a whole new level of effectiveness,” Our Wisconsin Revolution co-chairs Sarah Lloyd and Joel Rogers said.

McCabe ran a spirited underdog campaign for governor in 2018 fueled by small donations and the efforts of more than 3,000 volunteers. He started the grassroots citizen group Blue Jean Nation in 2015. For 15 years before that he led the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, an independent watchdog group that exposes corruption, tracks the money in state elections, and works for reforms making people matter more than money in politics. In that role, McCabe blew the whistle on wrongdoing by elected officials and earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best political money trackers. He was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council as the “Citizen Openness Advocate of the Year” for 2012, and the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism honored him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

“The kind of politics needed to solve our society’s biggest problems does not exist. It needs to be created,” McCabe said. “We are going through an economic revolution driven by the twin forces of globalization and automation. We are going through a social revolution where the country’s historically dominant group is on its way to becoming a political minority. We are going through an ecological revolution that threatens life on this planet. Our government is paralyzed and is not constructively responding to these emergencies. If we are going to get a handle on any of these challenges, we had better revolutionize our politics.”

McCabe brings a farming background and a lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, nonprofit leadership and public sector management to his new role. Born in Wisconsin and raised on his family’s dairy farm, he has lived across the rural-urban divide, having spent nearly half of his life out in the country and the rest in the state’s second-largest city and state capital. Years of environmental activism and advocacy for sustainable agriculture practices earned McCabe recognition as Environmental Advocate of the Year by the Clean Water Action Council in 2004 and Friend of the Family Farmer by the Wisconsin Farmers Union in 2015.

While leading Blue Jean Nation, McCabe did an award-winning radio commentary series called “Democracy Checkup” that aired on several community radio stations including Madison’s WORT-FM and was among the winners in the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s 2016 Awards for Excellence for best editorial commentary in large market radio programming.  McCabe appeared in the documentary films Citizen Koch (2013) and Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes (2014). He authored Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics, named one of the best books of 2014 by The Progressive magazine.

McCabe started his career as a newspaper reporter and as a legislative aide in the State Assembly before running a statewide civic education program for the nonprofit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance for four years. In addition to making hundreds of classroom presentations, McCabe produced videotapes on government and tax policy for classroom use and did teacher training. He co-authored a textbook on Wisconsin government and co-authored a curriculum guide on state and local government for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction while serving on a state social studies curriculum committee. He then served a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in the West African country of Mali and later worked for six years as the Madison Metropolitan School District’s public communications coordinator and legislative liaison.

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Our Wisconsin Revolution Moves the Needle in the Mid-terms

OUR WISCONSIN REVOLUTION MOVES THE NEEDLE IN THE MID-TERMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Grace Wagner, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com
November, 9th 2018

In Tuesday’s mid-term election, Our Wisconsin Revolution, a non-profit statewide political organization, endorsed 32 progressive candidates throughout Wisconsin. The group’s five state-wide endorsed candidates won their races – Tammy Baldwin(U.S. Senate), Tony Evers(Governor), Mandela Barnes(Lieutenant Governor), Josh Kaul(Attorney General), Sarah Godlewski(State Treasurer), and one endorsed Assembly candidate won her race – Robyn Vining(Representative for State Assembly District 14).

Our Wisconsin Revolution mobilized its membership and ran a robust texting program, held weekly postcarding get-togethers, knocked doors and made calls for their candidates altogether reaching over 200,000 voters throughout the state of Wisconsin.

“We endorsed candidates up and down the ticket all across the state. Of course, we hoped that all our candidates would get through, we can be proud of the work we put in,” said Grace Wagner, Statewide Organizer for Our Wisconsin Revolution. “We aided thirty-two people-powered candidates in a transformative mid-term election. Win or lose, our endorsed candidates outperformed the 2014 and 2016 candidates that ran in their districts anywhere from 1 to 22 percentage points. The voters we brought out to vote in these races surely helped candidates up the ticket as well. Overall, we supported over 20 first time candidates, four of those running in historically uncontested districts. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but from what I can see we are certainly moving the needle.”

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Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist organization that aims to take Wisconsin’s democracy back from corporate elites and make it of, by and for the people.

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National Organization, Our Revolution, Endorses Five Progressive Wisconsin Candidates

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION, OUR REVOLUTION, ENDORSES FIVE PROGRESSIVE WISCONSIN CANDIDATES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Grace Wagner, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com

October 22, 2018

Our Revolution, the national grassroots organization that was founded on the values of Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential bid, announces their endorsement of five progressive candidates running for office in the state of Wisconsin.

  • Sara Godlewski, Wisconsin State Treasurer
  • Lori Hawkins, State Senate, District 21
  • Brittany Keyes, State Assembly, District 31
  • Mark Martello, State Assembly, District 35
  • Ken Holdorf, State Assembly, District 89

The announcement from the national organization, Our Revolution, complements the endorsement of 30 plus candidates by Our Wisconsin Revolution, the State Organizing Committee. The national endorsement of these five candidates will activate Our Revolution supporters for all over the country phone-banking, texting and email on their behalf.  

“Many organizations concentrate on the top-of-the-ticket races of Governor and U.S. Senate. Our Revolution and Our Wisconsin Revolution are encouraging our members to get engaged in activities that support the “down-ticket” races and statewide races that don’t get as much attention. It is important that we have representatives in all positions that will work to take control back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people,” said Sarah Lloyd, Our Wisconsin Revolution Co-Chair. “We are excited to lift the recognition of these five Wisconsin candidates up to the national level.”

Our Wisconsin Revolution is one of the few organizations that are focusing on State Assembly and Senate candidates. In the time between now and election day, Our Wisconsin Revolution and Our Revolution will be ramping up robust voter contact efforts to help get out the vote for local Wisconsin candidates.

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Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist organization that aims to take Wisconsin’s democracy back from corporate elites and make it of, by and for the people.  

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Our Wisconsin Revolution Endorses Candidates Statewide

OUR WISCONSIN REVOLUTION ENDORSES CANDIDATES STATEWIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Grace Wagner, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com

October, 16th 2018

Our Wisconsin Revolution, a non-profit statewide political organization, has endorsed progressive candidates throughout Wisconsin. These endorsements come with the action and advocacy of their over 10,000 supporters and members.  

“We don’t play favorites. We don’t care about party politics. We don’t care how much money a candidate has raised or whether or not they are supposed to have the best chance of winning. No groveling, no ring kissing, no favors,” said Our Wisconsin Revolution Co-Chair, Terrance Warthen.  “We are a purely democratic organization. We care about the quality of the people we are endorsing. We care about their beliefs and the vision that they have for the state of Wisconsin. We also believe in their commitment to fight for Progressive ideals which benefit all Wisconsinites.”

Our Wisconsin Revolution has closed their endorsement process for the November 6th, 2018 election. The following is a list of the fantastic candidates, many running for office for the first time. These candidates are teachers, veterans, parents and small business owners who have been propelled to run for office and fight for a better Wisconsin. Every OWR endorsed candidate agrees with the vast majority of The OWR platform and if elected will work to implement those platform goals. Members and supporters of Our Wisconsin Revolution will be calling, texting, emailing, writing and canvassing for these candidates over the coming weeks:

State Assembly, District 5 Matt LedererState Assembly, District 35 –Mark MartelloState Assembly, District 93 –Charlene Warner
State Assembly, District 14 –Robyn ViningState Assembly, District 41 –Frank BuressState Senate, District 5 –
Julie Henszey
State Assembly, District 15 Lillian CheesmanState Assembly, District 42 –Ann Groves LloydState Senate, District 9 – 
Kyle Whelton
State Assembly, District 21 Gabriel GomezState Assembly, District 49 Mike MooneyState Senate, District 17 –  Kriss Marion
State Assembly, District 22 –Aaron MattesonState Assembly, District 55 –Dan SchierlState Senate, District 21 –
Lori Hawkins
State Assembly, District 25 –Jennifer EstradaState Assembly, District 61 –Gina WalkingonUS Senate –
Tammy Baldwin
State Assembly, District 26 –Rebecca ClarkeState Assembly, District 63 –Joel JacobsenGovernor –
Tony Evers
State Assembly District 27 –Nanette BuleboshState Assembly, District 67 –Wren KeturiLt. Governor –
Mandela Barnes
State Assembly, District 28 –Kim ButlerState Assembly, District 84 Erica FlynnState Treasurer –
Sarah Godlewski
State Assembly, District 31 Brittany KeyesState Assembly, District 86 –Nancy StencilAttorney General –
Josh Kaul
State Assembly, District 32 –Katherine GaulkeState Assembly, District 89 Ken Holdorf

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Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist organization that aims to take Wisconsin’s democracy back from corporate elites and make it of, by and for the people.

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Bernie Sanders Visits Wisconsin for OWR Endorsed Candidate Tammy Baldwin

BERNIE SANDERS VISIT TO WISCONSIN FOLLOWS OUR WISCONSIN REVOLUTION’S ENDORSEMENT OF SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN

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Contact: Grace Wagner, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com

Eau Claire, WI – Our Wisconsin Revolution announced their endorsement of Senator Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate during their 2nd Annual Convention, June 22nd – 24th, at UW-Parkside. Just weeks following OWR’s endorsement announcement, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has scheduled a rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to show his support for Senator Baldwin.

WHO: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

WHAT: Rally to support the re-election of Senator Tammy Baldwin

WHERE: The Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson St. Eau Claire, WI

WHEN: Saturday, July 14th – doors open at 8 AM

“Senator Bernie Sanders, the Progressive leader of the Senate and benchmark for Progressive politics in America, will be visiting Wisconsin on Saturday, July, 14th to show his support for OWR endorsed Senator Tammy Baldwin. Along with Senator Sanders, Senator Baldwin introduced the Medicare for All bill, supports the America’s College Promise Act for free two-year community college and has championed tax breaks for the middle class and those working to attain that vanishing status. Both Senator Sanders and Senator Baldwin acknowledge their important partnership in the Senate and want to continue their vital work together,” said Our Wisconsin Revolution Co-Chair, Terrance Warthen. “Together they will build on Senator Sanders Progressive agenda as it rightfully takes its place as the central priority for the advancement of real American values and a government that works for all Americans, in our current political climate, and into the future.”

Seeing these Senators unite on the campaign trail sends a message to supporters throughout our state – this election is too important for the state of Wisconsin and our Nation. The combined grassroots efforts of Sanders and Baldwin supporters are essential to Senator Baldwin’s re-election in the fall. Our Wisconsin Revolution endorses Senator Tammy Baldwin in her campaign for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

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Our Wisconsin Revolution Participates in Demonstration Against Foxconn

OUR WISCONSIN REVOLUTION PARTICIPATES IN PLANNED DEMONSTRATION AGAINST FOXCONN

MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Grace Wagner, OWR Communications Director, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com
June, 28th 2018

Mount Pleasant, WI— In anticipation of President Trump’s arrival for the Foxconn groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant, Our Wisconsin Revolution along with over 30 other partner organizations will participate in a rally and peaceful protest.

WHO: Our Wisconsin Revolution along with over 30 other coalition organizations
WHAT: Operation: Shake the Ground – A protest against the Foxconn groundbreaking
WHEN: Thursday, June 28th 2018, 12pm – 2pm
WHERE: Smolinski Park – 438 S Stuart Rd, Mt Pleasant, WI 53406

“We are standing in solidarity with the landowners, both in Mount Pleasant, where their property has been illegally defined as “blighted,” and in Somers, where acres and acres of privately owned homes and farmland have been re-designated from ‘protected farmland’ to ‘commercial/Industrial use’ in preparation for Foxconn,” said Esther Roberts, an Our Wisconsin Revolution Board Member. “These hardworking, tax-paying, community involved Wisconsin families are being forcibly displaced without fair compensation to make room for a foreign company with a history of employee abuse and an environmental track record that threatens our natural resources. Foxconn has already been promised 3 billion dollars in tax breaks, that 3 billion will become a burden to bear for Wisconsinites all around the state. Our Wisconsin Revolution stands with property owners, supports the fair treatment of workers and believes that every Wisconsinite has a right to clean air and clean water. That is why we are standing up in peaceful protest against Foxconn.”

Our Wisconsin Revolution will participate, officially, in the events that take place at Smolinski Park and has specifically reserved space in the Pavilion from noon to 2 pm. After 2 pm OWR will be vacating the premises. OWR applauds the efforts of all the partnering coalition groups and individuals who are participating in protests against the current administration. Our Wisconsin Revolution continues to focus on Foxconn, supporting the local property owners, protecting our environment (especially water) and the fair treatment of workers.

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Our Wisconsin Revolution Partners with Local Organizations to Host Debate

Forward Kenosha, Our Wisconsin Revolution, and Kenosha County Democratic Party partner to host Kenosha County Sheriff Primary Candidate Forum

MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018
Contact: Grace Wagner, grace@ourwisconsinrev.com

Kenosha, WI – In an effort to inform Kenosha area voters ahead of the August 14th primary election three groups, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Forward Kenosha, and Kenosha County Democratic Party, are hosting the Kenosha County Sheriff Primary Forum and Debate between Andy Berg and David Zoerner. Berg and Zoerner are set to face-off in the August 14th primary for the chance to run against the Republican incumbent, Dave Beth.

WHO: Forward Kenosha, Kenosha County Democratic Party and Our Wisconsin Revolution host candidates Andy Berg and Dave Zoerner
WHAT: Kenosha County Sheriff Primary Candidate Forum
WHEN: Thursday, June 28th – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: UAW Local 72 Hall, 3615 Washington Rd. Kenosha, WI 53144

“With the importance of law enforcement to our community, from fighting the opioid epidemic to reducing recidivism, we need a Sheriff that represents all Kenosha County residents equally,” said Our Wisconsin Revolution Co-Chair Terrance Warthen. “We hope to further the fulfillment of that need by having a robust primary and allowing residents to hear from both candidates.”

“The office of Sheriff is one that not only upholds the law and the Constitution, but also one that must value all human life and serve our community through effective partnerships. Sheriff’s serve as role models to our community and must do so with strength of character, integrity, adaptability and sound judgment,” said Forward Kenosha Acting President, Jodi Muerhoff. “We see this forum as a service to our community, providing the opportunity to interact with two of the candidates seeking this office.”

“With all the challenges facing Kenosha County during these contemporary times we need a Sheriff who understands these new difficulties and is equipped to handle them. The Sheriff has to be able to manage his office and deputies to treat all residents fairly. The Kenosha County Sheriff Department is the 3rd largest law enforcement agency in the state and needs strong leadership,” said Kenosha County Democratic Party Treasurer Sally Simpson. “The Kenosha County Democratic Party sees this forum as a chance to determine which candidate will best represent us and be a formidable challenger in the general election.”

Hosting this forum, set for late June, creates the potential for a pre-primary endorsement from any one of the organizations hosting or in attendance.

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