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  • published Special Election for SD4 in Elections 2024 2024-06-09 16:15:10 -0500

    Special Election for Senate District 4

    If you live in Glendale, Shorewood, or the parts of Milwaukee in the 10th, 11th, or 12th Assembly District, you will have a special election primary on July 2nd and a special general election on July 30 to fill the Senate District 4 seat that became vacant when former Senator Lena Taylor was appointed to a Milwaukee County judgeship.

    Representatives Dora Drake (Assembly District 11) and LaKeshia Myers (Assembly District 12) are running in the special election primary on July 2. The winner of that primary will appear on the general election ballot on July 30.

    * * * You may still be able to request an absentee ballot online for the special primary and the special general elections at Early in-person voting begins June 18 and continues on weekdays through June 28. * * *

    On August 13, the same two candidates will run in the Democratic primary to win a spot on the November 5 ballot. The winner on November 5 will become the state senator for District 4 from January 2025 through December 2028.

    The links below provide information as of June 8, 2024, on the two candidates. Grassroots North Shore does not endorse in Democratic primaries in the absence of a previous endorsement of a candidate. We normally send questionnaires to candidates, but there is insufficient time to do so in this situation. The information provided here is strictly informational.


    Dora Drake LaKesia Myers
    Announcement of Candidacy: Urban Milwaukee Announcement of Candidacy: Madison 365
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  • published August 13 Ballot Questions in Elections 2024 2024-05-16 12:42:42 -0500

    August 13 Ballot Questions

    Make sure you know what Assembly and Senate Districts you are in!

    If a majority of Wisconsin voters approve the August Ballot Questions, the Constitution of Wisconsin will be amended.

    Question 1: Delegation of appropriation power. Shall section 35 (1) of article IV of the constitution be created to provide that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated?

    Question 2: Allocation of federal moneys. Shall section 35 (2) of article IV of the constitution be created to prohibit the governor from allocating any federal moneys the governor accepts on behalf of the state without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or as provided by legislative rule?


    Why Grassroots North Shore joins the Wisconsin "League of Women Voters to recommend voting NO on these proposals:

    CURRENTLY Wisconsin state law Chapter 16, Section 54 of the Wisconsin Statutes authorizes the governor to accept and allocate federal funds. If ratified by the voters, these constitutional amendments would nullify the current statute and give the legislature the power to allocate any federal dollars that flow to the state. In addition, the Wisconsin Constitution will declare that the legislature has the "sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated."

    Here's Why You Should VOTE NO on BOTH Ballot Questions

    1. These changes are not fixing a problem. The legislators already have a major say in how tax dollars are spent through the state budget-making process.
    2. Our tax dollars go toward federal funds that support our schools, infrastructure, parks, health care, renters, small businesses, public benefits and so much more. They provide relief to Wisconsinites in urgent times of crises, such as natural or economic disasters and public health emergencies. When Wisconsin gets federal funds, it’s our money coming back to us. The governor should be able to act quickly to get that money where it needs to go.
    3. These changes to our state constitution would add red tape and slow the government’s ability to respond to emergencies when we need help the most – harming our communities and Wisconsin families.
    4. It is easier for Wisconsin voters to hold the governor accountable for how federal funds are spent than the entire legislature. The governor is accountable to the whole state.

    Other opponents of the Ballot Questions include:
              Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments & Boards
              Wisconsin Conservation Voters
              Wisconsin Public Health Association
              Wisconsin Education Association Council

  • published Presidential Candidates in Elections 2024 2024-03-18 13:40:50 -0500

    Presidential Candidates

    BIDEN v. TRUMP: Where They Stand
    climate change BIDEN: Committed to cut total greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030, passed the largest piece of climate legislation in U.S. history (the Inflation Reduction Act), rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement; and established the first-ever National Climate Task Force; invested $50 Billion in climate resilience. TRUMP: Scrubbed all mention of climate change/damage or emergency from government sites; forbade it even to be mentioned in reports or research; permitted the government to do no planning for climate change.
    gun safety BIDEN: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act helps remove firearms from dangerous individuals, narrows the "boyfriend loophole" to keep guns out of the hands of convicted dating partners, and expands mental health services in schools and supports school safety. TRUMP: “Bringing more government regulation into the situation has accomplished very little. The main ‘benefit’ has been to make it difficult for a law-abiding American to buy a gun.”
    reproductive freedom BIDEN: Will veto any National Abortion Ban passed by Congress; supporting Tammy Baldwin’s fight to restore reproductive rights with the Women's Health Protection Act. TRUMP: privately supports a national abortion ban at 16 weeks; canceled contraception funding in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
    foreign policy BIDEN: United our allies and national security interests abroad; recognizes the danger of an unfettered Russia; supported Israel after October 7th but has chastising Israel for Settlement expansion. TRUMP: Wants to discontinue involvement with NATO and applauds Russia at every opportunity; moved the US embassy to Jerusalem; encouraged West Bank settlement construction.

  • Glendale-River Hills School Board Candidate Questionnaire

    1. Why are you seeking election to the Glendale-River Hills Board of Education?

      Katie Avalos: I am seeking election to the Glendale-River Hills Board of Education because I care deeply about our district and our community. With the last long-term board member leaving his seat this year, it felt like an important moment to step up to the plate. Our district has many strengths and so much potential, and I want to make sure nothing gets overlooked due to the relative newness of the board and administration. I also want to make sure that work that has already recently been done surrounding strategic planning and equity don't get lost as the district shifts and changes in the coming months. These things were worked on by the community for the community and should be honored. They should also make some things easier as foundation is already in place on which to build.

      Karn Cronwell: A strong pro-public school board is key to sustaining and further enriching high quality educational systems, and high quality schools are key to healthy communities. I bring unique insights from personal and professional experiences that have already influenced policies. These last several years have offered an extraordinary challenge to educational staff and school boards. Our students, educators, and community deserve dedicated board members working with them to ensure the best education possible for our students. I look forward to continuing to serve the community as a school board member.

      Shana Lucas: Being an educator is an important aspect of my identity. I want to apply my experiences as a teacher and as a public servant to directly impact policies and decisions that affect the education and well-being of students in my community. I know from direct experience how school boards can shape curriculum, allocate resources, and ensure a positive learning environment for students and staff. It’s an important time to be a part of that in the Glendale-River HIlls school district.

      Christine Robinson: I am the proud parent of a GDRH alumna. I watched educators spark Rebecca’s love for learning and help guide her into becoming the person she is today. She was well-prepared to enter high school, and ultimately college. I want all parents in the district to be able to say that. Having recently participated in the district’s strategic planning process, and sorted through all of the data that guided it, I am hopeful about the future of our district. Yet, much work is yet to be done. We need to close the opportunity gap. I want families to feel like their students are adequately challenged, as well as adequately supported. I want educators to feel equipped and empowered to meet the needs of all students who come into their classrooms. I want our schools to have the resources they need. Finally, I want all students to feel like they belong, are cared about, and have the support and opportunities they need to be successful. As a school board member, you have my word that I will work to ensure that your student has the best education, and the best school climate, that we can possibly provide.

    2. Explain how your personal and professional experiences will make you an effective school board member.

      Katie Avalos: The number one experience that sets me apart from other candidates is I have been attending school board meetings almost recreationally since the fall of 2017. After the April 2 election, the longest serving member on the board will be starting her 5th year. This election also marks the point at which the board will have completely turned over for the first time since I have been observing. The district has also had 3 superintendents in that time, each with a very different style, and I feel that my experiences in observing each can be helpful as the district prepares to search for another superintendent. I have also worked with board members and administrators as part of the Equity and Strategic Planning committees. Additionally, my day job is for a locally owned manufacturing company which, combined with being raised by someone in the trades, gives me a different perspective on education than many of my generation and also informs my opinions on teacher pay. My position on teacher pay is that it should be comparable to if not better than that of careers requiring similar levels of education in the private sector.

      Karn Cronwell: My 20+ years of experience as a public school OT includes being a collaborator/coach; staff mentor / trainer; policy development and staff training. When districts were faced with unexpected closures during the pandemic, my work focused full time within a specialized team to develop recommendations for reentry and supports anticipated for students as well as staff, recognizing the significant impact on future social emotional wellness, and capacity to function within community learning. I’ve presented and collaborated at the state level.
      I love Glendale-River Hills for its diversity and strong educational history. Both of our children attended the K-8 schools and Nicolet, accessing the gifted and talented programs, 504 accommodations, and many co-curriculars. I have volunteered to coordinate and support PTO programs, participated on district interview committees, and co-led a girl scout troop from K5 thru 9th grade.
      With Glendale I have served on the Plan Commission as well as on the 2040 Comprehensive Master Plan vision committee to develop the 20 year vision for our city; our discussions were strongly focused on education as an essential component of a healthy community.

      Shana Lucas: I am an educator with 15 years of experience in K-12 schools. I’m currently finishing up a graduate program in Education Policy and leadership that has taught me a tremendous amount about what school leaders at all levels do to create the optimal learning conditions for students and families. I’m an alumni of Public Allies, an Americorp program that was among my first authentic experiences in leadership and community engagement. As a former Special Education Teacher, I have been an advocate for marginalized students for many years and want to continue to be a voice for the community’s concerns and priorities by fostering collaboration and dialogue to address the educational needs of all students.

      Christine Robinson: Like the vast majority of our community, I appreciate the diversity that our district offers. Our students will be better equipped to work in a diverse workplace, and to experience what the world has to offer, because of their friendships and teamwork with diverse classmates. I am committed to ensuring that everyone feels a sense of belonging, that the district continues to look at decisions through an Equity Lens, and continues to practice the Equity Non Negotiables. I support our district’s movement toward culturally responsive teaching practices, and hope we can implement features of Universal Design, where supports are available for all students who need it. I enthusiastically support the district’s efforts to close the opportunity gap.
      I also appreciate collaboration and community engagement. As I read the survey results that guided our district’s strategic planning process, I was again reminded of the investment, expertise, and wisdom found in our community. As we make difficult decisions regarding our district’s budget, search for a superintendent, and as we consider other significant issues, I believe in the importance of input from all constituencies. We need to make participation convenient and significant for our busy families.
    3. Explain how your personal and professional experiences will make you an effective school board member.

      Katie Avalos: I believe diversity is one of the biggest strengths of Glendale-River Hills. I feel strongly that the only way to fully benefit from this strength is for the district to pursue equity at every turn. This means meeting students and families where they are at and giving them what they need to grow, which is sometimes more than others. This means making sure that everyone is included even if some barriers seem almost insurmountable, it is the district's job to find a way to make it happen. I also believe that "success" does not look the same for every individual. Not every student needs to be college bound, though they should all have that option when the time comes to choose. We also need to promote other options as being equally as valid and worthy of pursuit. Additionally, I believe in figuring out how to use resources that are already available before using money to solve problems. Sometimes the only option will be to spend money, but sometimes our community has other solutions for us that we only need to find a way to access.

      Karn Cronwell: I believe that education is a primary pathway to stronger communities and individual future achievement. Strong public education supports students in myriad ways - recognizing that strong social emotional skills / emotional regulation is key to a student’s ability to focus and engage in learning; feeling part of your educational community is key for all students. Students' intelligence may follow the traditional academic ways AND ALSO within the visual or performing arts or athletics, so ensuring equitable access to robust opportunities to academics, arts, and athletics is essential to a strong public education system.

      Shana Lucas: I have come to believe in the power of community and the importance of calling on all stakeholders to be a collective impetus for change. I believe that leaders who trust others with decision making and empower others to share leadership create school communities that challenge systems of inequality. I believe a district’s core principles should involve equity and inclusion. I have become increasingly aware of how a commitment to the community and a strong value system impacts a leader’s ability to sustain an organization through a process of transformation or growth.

      Christine Robinson: As a board member, I would leverage my experience to meet the challenges of our district. I am a public school special education teacher and certified dyslexia tutor, having immersed myself in the Science of Reading in order to improve my students’ outcomes. My expertise in literacy, and knowledge of special education, will equip me to assist the district in implementing the provisions of Act 20 and to ensure that all students are successful. As a parent of a gifted and talented alumna, I understand the importance of making sure our students are adequately challenged. Prior to being an elementary school teacher, I served as vice president for student development/dean of students at a local university. As a former administrator, I am skilled at policy development, problem-solving, and mobilizing resources effectively. I also did considerable work in crisis prevention, crisis response, and crisis communication. I facilitated diverse groups of stakeholders through collaboration on staff selection, policy development, and special events. My team made significant improvements in the support services provided for students with physical and mental health needs. As a loaned executive with fundraising organizations, I am prepared to speak compellingly about our district and its funding needs.

    4. Many controversies have surrounded public education in the last several years. Are any of them of particular concern to you?

      Katie Avalos: The controversy I am most concerned about right now when it comes to public education is book banning/restriction. I believe wholeheartedly that our students deserve access to more books, not fewer. Our diverse student population needs to see itself reflected in our school libraries and classrooms. Any guardian has the right to restrict access for their own student, however, restricting access for the entire student population is cruel and completely unreasonable. I am so proud that Glen Hills Middle School specifically ADDED books to their collection this past summer to honor the request of the schools LGBTQ population for more representations. I am also very concerned and troubled by School Choice which takes much needed funding from our already underfunded public schools and gives it to religious schools, which seems to cross the line of "separation of church and state."

      Karn Cronwell: Underfunding public education is a profound issue. Compared to 2010 funding models, our per pupil funding is more than $3000 LESS. Special Education funding continues to be woefully low; at 33.3% it desperately fails to meet the financial demand of student needs. Our representatives created a largely unfunded mandate with ACT 20 - requiring more of our district staff and resources with limited financial support. Due to the long standing state funding formula, GDRH receives almost no state equalization aid, which again translates to a higher local burden on taxpayers.
      Another significant issue facing educational communities is the lack of teachers and substitutes. Districts across the country are struggling to fill teacher vacancies -An NCES survey from October 2023 indicates that 86% of public schools report difficulties hiring teachers for the 2023-24 school year. Turnover is highly disruptive to our educational communities. My goal as a board member is to attract and RETAIN dedicated, engaging educators.

      Shana Lucas: School board members have the responsibility to advocate for the best interest of all students, ensuring that their needs are met and that they have access to high-quality education, resources, and support services. Controversies created by groups or individuals that promote intolerance, prejudice, or outright discrimination have created an environment of hostility for too many of our students and staff. Everyone has the right to a safe learning environment. I want to work to create policies that promote equity, diversity and inclusion within the school district.

      Christine Robinson: I am concerned about attempts to ban books. So often, these books represent the experiences of people who are marginalized. When these books are removed, we intensify the marginalization. Already, we know that children are prone to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and isolation. Many times, the books give representation. Students feel less alone if they read about someone who is experiencing what they are experiencing. I will not victimize children by further isolating them.
      I am also concerned about laws that prohibit educators from showing support for ALL of their students. Students who do not know if they will be accepted tend to assume that silence means non-acceptance. Schools and educators need to be able to show the active inclusion of our students.
      I am also concerned about laws that prohibit educators from sharing factual information about history. Part of the purpose of public education is to prepare students to be responsible citizens. Whereas we need to ensure that our teaching is developmentally appropriate, we owe it to our students, and our country, to provide factual information to enable them to become well-informed, critical-thinking adults.

    5. Please provide your personal information.

      Katie Avalos: I have lived in Glendale for 17 years and been a district parent for 14 years. I am a mother of 3 with a son who is a senior at Nicolet and two daughters still in Glendale-River Hills as 6th and 7th graders at Glen Hills. My daughters are very active in extra curriculars at Glen Hills and my 7th Grader was recently the first Student Ambassador to the School Board.

      Karn Cronwell: No additional information.

      Shana Lucas: 5245 N. Bethmaur Ln, Glendale, WI 53209

      Christine Robinson: Education is a significant part of my life’s purpose. After spending a number of years supporting college students through their crises, challenges, and dreams, I made a mid-life career change to elementary special education. When my students were not making significant reading gains, I realized it was up to me to do something different. My subsequent certification as a dyslexia tutor has helped them to make the gains I was hoping for. When there is a problem, like inadequate reading growth, I am relentless in my search for solutions. I am truly a life-long learner, who commits to learning everything I can to support our district in providing an excellent education and nurturing community for every student.

  • Milwaukee County Comptroller Questionnaire

    1. What financial challenges has Milwaukee County faced and what can we expect in the future? How would you address those challenges?

      Michael Harper: Some of the recent financial challenges have been partially addressed by Act 12, however the challenges that loom will require we consider new business models and establishing new partnerships for development. I have previously proposed Public Private Partnership as an approach for both the Airport and Safety Building- each of which compliment growth in the county.

      Liz Sumner: Milwaukee County has historically faced significant financial challenges, including a previously projected $109.5 million shortfall between 2024 and 2028, if the sales tax wasn’t implemented. The implementation of the county sales tax marks a pivotal shift towards transparent, effective financial management, aiming to safeguard and enhance essential services like transit and parks. My commitment as your leader is to ensure these funds are managed with a community-first approach, addressing our past financial struggles and securing the county's long-term prosperity and stability.

    2. What are the key qualifications/past experience that make you the best choice for the job?

      Michael Harper: My professional experience in Capital Markets and Financial Services have equipped me for the position. Five years of service on the Milwaukee County Employees Retirement System provided a dual opportunity to serve as a volunteer/servant to County Employees and Retirees and to learn more about the interrelationship and inner-workings of the Pension Board and Comptroller's Office.

      Liz Sumner: My diverse experience, combining public service and business acumen, sets me apart as the ideal candidate for Milwaukee County Comptroller. Serving as an elected Supervisor on the Milwaukee County Board and as a Trustee on the Fox Point Village Board, I've demonstrated a strong commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility. My role as Chair of the County Finance Committee has honed my ability to navigate complex budget issues and advocate for equitable policies. Beyond public service, my 16 years as a business owner have imbued me with a practical understanding of financial management and strategic planning. My MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, specializing in finance and strategy, further underpins my theoretical knowledge with practical experience. This unique blend of public sector insight and private sector efficiency equips me to manage Milwaukee County's finances with the diligence and foresight needed to secure our financial future.

    3. Why do you want to be County Comptroller?

      Michael Harper: I am running for Milwaukee County Comptroller and I want to provide service to Milwaukee County Residents that promote growth and prosperity. If we are going to pay a “Sales Tax” we will need more sales and significant growth. This is a collaboration with County Executive and the other 18 Municipalities which make up our Great Community.

      Liz Sumner: My desire to serve as Milwaukee County Comptroller is driven by a commitment to public service and a passion for ensuring our county's financial stability. I believe that strong financial management is the foundation of effective government, enabling us to provide essential services, invest in our community, and enhance the quality of life for all residents. As Comptroller, I aim to apply my skills and experience to safeguard the county's fiscal health, promote transparency and accountability, and contribute to a brighter future for Milwaukee County.

  • published Milwaukee County Exec in Milwaukee County Offices 2024-03-01 17:25:05 -0600

    Milwaukee County Exec

    Questionnaire for County Executive

    1. What problems or challenges has the county faced? How have you addressed or would you address those issues?

      David Crowley:
      These past three years we have been able to accomplish great things for the people of Milwaukee County, we've been able to invest in addressing the opioid epidemic, improving our emergency operations and public health services, funding an eviction prevention program, building affordable housing, providing grants for over 1,500 small businesses, and community based violence prevention.

      We've also expanded bus routes, honed in on our strategy of advancing racial equity, improved compensation for our employees, welcomed new development into our community, and so much more. We even did all this while facing the COVID-19 pandemic, but our work is not done. Together with you, we can continue building a Milwaukee County which is a better place for all of us to find a job that pays a livable wage, where you can raise a family and enjoy the diversity our communities have to offer. My vision for my next term will be to continue to build upon all the progress that we have made and continue our efforts to bring people together and build the bridges that unite us, and work to serve all Milwaukee County residents regardless of their background or even their political party. The work that we have been doing to improve the quality of life for Milwaukee County residents resonates with voters across our community. We must continue to make Milwaukee County an attractive, safe and prosperous place to live and with your help, together we will do just that.

      Ieshuh Griffin: Did not respond.

    2. What are your key qualifications for the job of County Executive?

      David Crowley:
      As the first Black person elected as Milwaukee County Executive, I have been able to bring fresh eyes to the challenges that our county has been facing, allowing us to elevate more representative voices into leadership, and help Milwaukee County be on the cutting edge.

      Throughout my first term , I have always worked to ensure all our residents had a partner in the county executive’s office working to ensure their voices and perspectives are front of mind. I plan on getting re-elected the same way I got elected in 2020, by working under one common vision - a stronger, more equitable community. I will continue to be a County Executive who serves all residents regardless of their background or political party.

      The work that we’ve been doing isn’t divisive or partisan, it’s quality of life work, work that resonates with voters across our community and political spectrum. I will continue to be aggressive in getting my message out to voters through multiple targeted methods to maximize campaign funds. We have been working diligently to put together the resources that are needed to win and with help from partners like you, I will be re-elected this spring.

      Ieshuh Griffin: Did not respond.

    3. Why do you want to be County Executive?

      David Crowley:
      We have made great progress over my first term and we are not done yet. Growing up in an economically struggling family in Milwaukee, I know firsthand what it is like to be reliant on county services and what they really mean to people but in addition to that I have also been a county employee myself, prior to being an elected official, and I know what it is like to provide these vital services to county residents.

      I have a proven track record of getting things done in a bipartisan manner during my time as Milwaukee County Executive and prior to that while I was in the state legislature. We cannot get anything done without working together, the County Executive has to reach across party lines and deliver real results. We were successful in passing bi-partison legislation giving the county breathing room financially, but we are not out of the weeds and need to continue to do the hard work to come up with innovative and collaborative ways to ensure the county stays as strong as it is today. We are at an important crossroads and now more than ever, we need an experienced leader to ensure that we take advantage of our recent successes and move forward in a sustainable way.

      Ieshuh Griffin: Did not respond.

  • Grafton School Board Candidate Questionnaire

    The information on this page has been taken from the Board Elections page of the Grafton School District website.

    Shawn Taylor
    Why are you seeking election to the Grafton Board of Education?
    I am running for reelection because Grafton has an exceptional school district and I want to continue collaborating with my fellow board members and administration to keep our district moving forward.

    Explain how your personal and professional experiences will make you an effective board member.
    My 15 years as a resident and parent in the Grafton School District, coupled with my experience as an educator, has given me a deep understanding of the diverse needs and perspectives in our community. Additionally, I have successfully served on the board for nearly three years. During my time, I have attended and been prepared for every meeting with an open mind to work together to accomplish goals and tackle issues that arise in our district. I am proud of what I have contributed during my time on the board as our district continues to see improved student achievement, low teacher turnover, and reduced mill rates.

    What are your personal philosophies that will help you best represent the Grafton electorate?
    My core belief lies in the power of collaboration. I believe that by working together, the board, administration, teachers, and parents can create a thriving school environment where students flourish, staff feel valued, and resources are used wisely.

    Personal information
    Family: I have 3 children. Two have recently graduated from the Grafton School District and my third is at the high school.
    Number of years residing in the district: 15
    Education: MS in Teaching and Learning
    Profession: Teacher

    Gerry Staggenborg
    Why are you seeking election to the Grafton Board of Education?

    Explain how your personal and professional experiences will make you an effective board member.
    After a lifetime (45 years) as both a classroom teacher and educational leader, both here in America and abroad in Europe, on every level from middle school to university graduate seminars, I realize I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to lend to my neighborhood schools.

    Furthermore, in this transitional time of growing parental involvement in all phases of education, I see an opening for an educator with a deep foundation in two worlds, that of the instructional institution and that of the public world; I have four school age grandchildren (all children of diverse color) whose school experiences I care about deeply. My Ph. D. In Communications allows me special skills in interfacing between these two worlds and, I believe, will ingrain me more in the workings of my community.

    What are your personal philosophies that will help you best represent the Grafton electorate?
    I believe that an entire community has a stake in education on all levels. I believe that consequently every school board representative must be seen in the community as much as humanly possible. Each representative must not only act as a sounding board but also, having derived a consensus of public opinion, as a communicator of that consensus to all interested parties in sufficient enough time to allow for feedback before the board takes any significant action.

    I also believe that a school board member must be sufficiently steeped in all aspects of education and administration that before they solicit public opinion, they can communicate the present educational context intelligently to all those interested.

    Personal information
    Family: Happily married grandfather of five, three Senegalese and two Korean children, all the offspring of adopted sons
    Number of years residing in the district: 11
    Education: Ph. D. in Communications
    Profession: Educator

    Jerry Rossi
    Why are you seeking election to the Grafton Board of Education?
    I’ve decided to run for re-election because I enjoy being part of a great organization and helping our district continuously improve.

    Explain how your personal and professional experiences will make you an effective board member.
    I believe I’ve been an effective board member since 2017 because I care about the work of running our district and take my role seriously. During my time on the board we’ve seen the district portion of our communities tax bill drop to 30 year lows while the academic performance of the district has achieved new heights.

    What are your personal philosophies that will help you best represent the Grafton electorate?
    I believe we should never limit our thinking and always strive to improve how we do things and how we as a district educate the students in our buildings. I enjoy working with the board as well as our administration and feel I add value to the group. I believe I can continue to help the district be good stewards of taxpayer dollars while focusing on continuously improving the educational outcomes for our students.

    Personal information
    Family: I have 3 children who all attend Grafton schools
    Number of years residing in the district: 15
    Education: BA in Business - Finance
    Profession: Vice President - Territory Sales, American Century Investments

  • published O'Connor in Nomination Papers 2023-12-02 12:27:20 -0600

    Anne O'Connor

    Anne O'Connor is running for Milwaukee County Supervisor, District 1. That district includes Bayside, Fox Point, River Hills, Whitefish Bay, and Shorewood in their entirety. It also includes PART of Glendale. You can get a map of the supervisory districts: Milwaukee County Supervisory Districts.

    Anyone can circulate her nomination papers, but people who sign the papers must

    • live in district 1,
    • be eligible to vote (but do not need to be registered to vote),
    • fill out the form completely and legibly.

    After the circulators have at least one signature on the nomination form, they need to fill out the Certification of Circulator portion of the form.

    When circulators have completed their forms, they should either drop them off at Cheryl Maranto's house (6563 N Crestwood Dr, Glendale 53209) or mail them to Cheryl.

    Anne O'Connor has requested that forms be returned to Cheryl by December 10.

    Download her nomination papers.

  • published Elections 2024 2023-12-01 13:59:44 -0600

    2024 Partisan Elections


    If you live in state Senate District 4, you will have THREE ELECTIONS this summer. The special Democratic primary will be held on July 2 followed by the special general election to be held on July 30. The special primary and general elections will fill a currently vacant seat, with the term ending in December 2024.

    Find out more about the two candidates on our page devoted to the special election.

    The third election, on August 13, will nominate a Democratic candidate for state Senate District 4. The winner of that primary will appear on the November 5 ballot that will elect someone to the Senate District 4 seat for the term from January 2025 through December 2028..

    Know Your State Election Districts


    Know What's On Your Ballot: Two New Ballot Questions to Amend Wisconsin's Constitution


    Early Voting Information


    Offices and Candidates on the August 13 primary ballot. Blue backgrounds indicate contested races.

    Office Candidate Online Information
    US Senate Tammy Baldwin, Incumbent
    Ballotpedia page
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    4th Congressional District Gwen Moore, Incumbent
    Ballotpedia page
    Web | Facebook | X (Twitter)
    6th Congressional District John Zarbano
    Ballotpedia questionnaire
    Web | X (Twitter)
    Senate District 4 LaKeshia Myers
    VoteSmart information
    Web | Facebook | X (Twitter)
    Dora Drake
    VoteSmart information
    Web | LinkedIn | X (Twitter)
    Senate District 8 Jodi Habush Sinykin
    Ballotpedia page
    Web | Facebook | X (Twitter)
    Assembly District 10 Darrin Madison, Incumbent
    Ballotpedia page
    Facebook | Instagram
    Assembly District 22 Dana Glasstein Web | Facebook | Instagram
    Assembly District 23 Deb Andraca, Incumbent
    Ballotpedia page
    Web | Facebook | X (Twitter) | Instagram
    Assembly District 24: William Walter LinkedIn | X (Twitter)
    Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson, Incumbent Web | Facebook | X (Twitter)
    Milwaukee County District Attorney Kent Lovern Web | Facebook | X (Twitter) | Instagram
    Milwaukee County Treasurer Ted Chisholm Web | Facebook | Threads
    David Cullen, Incumbent
    Ballotpedia page
    Milwaukee County Recorder of Deeds Israel Ramón, Incumbent Web | Facebook | LinkedIn


    Other Democratic races to watch:

    Peter Barca and Diane Anderson (pending), CD 1;


    Mark Pocan (Incumbent), CD 2;


    Katrina Shankland and Rebecca Cooke, CD 3;


    Gwen Moore (Incumbent), CD4;


    Andrew Beck and Ben Steinhoff, CD 5;


    John Zarbano, CD 6;


    Elsa Rae Duranceau and Kyle Kilbourn, CD 7;


    Kristin Lyerly, CD 8.


    Simple Rules for Voting in Wisconsin

    Voting by absentee ballot is, we think, an effective, sound and secure strategy. For one thing, the ballot typically arrives about three weeks before Election Day. That means you can take some time to bone up on candidates' qualifications and stands as you chose how you're going to vote for each office. Plus it's an insurance policy in case of unexpected illness or a sudden and unexpected need to travel on Election Day.

    There are several rules for absentee ballots you must observe.

    1. A witness must sign the ballot certification envelope in which you return your ballot.
    2. The witness must fill in his/her/their complete address, including street number, street name, municipality and zip code.
    3. You must sign the certification envelope.
    4. Be sure you seal the ballot envelope. DO NOT use tape or any other way to close the envelope, making it appear to have been tampered with. Your ballot may be discarded if it is not sealed properly. If you want to avoid licking the envelope, use a dampened paper towel.
    5. Finally, you return your ballot to your municipal clerk, either by posting it in the US Mail or by taking it in person to your clerk's office. In either case, YOU MUST MAIL or RETURN the ballot YOURSELF. No one is allowed to return your ballot for you. [Note also: drop boxes cannot be used to return ballots.]
    6. You can track the progress of your absentee ballot on MyVote.WI.Gov. Use the "Track My Ballot" tab to find out when the ballot was received and if it was accepted or rejected. If rejected, call the Democratic Voter Hotline at: 608-336-3232.
    7. If you receive an absentee ballot in the mail but change your mind and want to vote on Election Day, all is not lost. As long as you have not already returned the ballot, you can take it to your polling place, surrender the blank ballot to an election worker, and receive a new ballot. At that point you simply use the ordinary process for marking your ballot and passing it through the tabulating machine.

    You can also vote early for the August 13 election. Technically, this option is also called absentee voting! Early in-person absentee voting — that's its full moniker — takes place on weekdays beginning July 30 and ending August 9 in most communities. You can find more information about days/times/and locations for early voting on Early Voting Information for North Shore and Ozaukee County Communities or for the City of Milwaukee. Voting early in-person is convenient, flexible, and secure. You will need to take an approved photo ID with you — just as you would for voting on Election Day. If you need to register or reregister — because you have moved or changed your name — you must also bring proof on residence with you. See list of acceptable photo IDs. See a list of acceptable forms of proof of residence.

    Of course, there's always Election Day. Find your polling location on as well as what you need to bring for photo ID and to register to vote, if necessary.


    Your Vote: 

    Check your registration status, find contact information for your municipal clerk, request absentee ballots, and find your polling location at Absentee ballots are typically mailed to voters three weeks before each election.
    Early in-person voting for the August 13 election begins Tuesday, July 30 and for most municipalities ends on Friday, August 9. In the City of Milwaukee, early in-person voting ends Saturday, August 10 and has various locations.


    Election Dates: 

    Nonpartisan general + presidential primary election April 2, 2024
    Special election for SD4: primary July 2, 2024 | general July 30, 2024
    Partisan primary: August 13, 2024
    Partisan general election: November 5, 2024


    Key Dates for Registering, Requesting Absentee Ballots, & Early In-Person Voting:

    Mail-in and online voter registration deadline for partisan primary: July 24, 2024.

    If you live in the city of Milwaukee, your deadline will be a week earlier: July 17, 2024.
    Absentee Ballot request deadline for the partisan primary: August 8, 2024
    Early in-person voting dates for
    the partisan primary:
    July 30 - August 9, 2024


    Presidential Candidates on the Issues

  • published Campaign Contributions 2023-08-12 17:56:07 -0500

    2023-2024 Campaign Contributions

    Contribution Limits for Federal Offices, 2023-2024

    The limits on contributions made by persons to candidates: $3,300 per election, per candidate (i.e., $3,300 for a primary and another $3,300 for the general election for a total of $6,600).

    The limits on contributions made by persons to national party committees: $41,300 per calendar year.

    The limit on contributions made by certain political party committees to Senate candidates: $57,800 per campaign.

    Wisconsin State and Local Offices

    Campaign Finance: Contribution Limits
    Limits for All State and Local Offices

    Contribution limitations apply cumulatively to the entire primary and election campaign in which the candidate participates, whether or not there is a contested primary election.

    Political Action
    Committee and Other
    Governor $20,000 $20,000 $86,000
    Lieutenant Governor $20,000 $20,000 $26,000
    Secretary of State $20,000 $20,000 $18,000
    State Treasurer $20,000 $20,000 $18,000
    Attorney General $20,000 $20,000 $44,000
    Superintendent of Public Instruction $20,000 $20,000 $18,000
    Supreme Court $20,000 $20,000 $18,000
    State Senator $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    State Assembly Representative $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
    Appeals Judge (Populous Districts) $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
    Appeals Judge (Other Districts) $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
    Circuit Judge (Populous Area) $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
    Circuit Judge (Other Area) $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    District Attorney (Populous Area) $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
    District Attorney (Other Area) $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
    Local Offices* For districts with a population of 25,000 or fewer, $500

    For districts with a population of 25,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $6,000
    For districts with a population of 25,000 or fewer, $500

    For districts with a population of 25,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $6,000
    For districts with a population of 20,000 or fewer, $400

    For districts with a population of 20,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $5,000
    *The latest federal census or the census information on which the district is based should be used to determine population (§ 11.110(1)(h)2).


  • published ENDORSEMENT: JODI HABUSH SINYKIN in Elections 2023 2023-03-31 12:34:59 -0500


    Grassroots North Shore enthusiastically endorses Jodi Habush Sinykin in her bid for Wisconsin State Senate District 8.

    As an environmental attorney and policy expert, Jodi built coalitions focused on achieving long-term results. She was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of the Great Lakes Compact, a far-reaching law that ensure protection of the Great Lakes. Jodi initiated and shepherded the passage of the Wisconsin Puppy Mill bill, which ended the inhumane conditions of puppy mills around the state.

    Jodi will fight to protect:

    • Reproductive health care and women’s rights. In Madison, she will fight to repeal Wisconsin’s archaic 1849 abortion ban and expand health care access to all Wisconsinites.

    • Democracy from the kinds of physical and ideological attacks witnessed after the 2020 election.

    • Voting rights and equitable, efficient access to the ballot.

    • Our precious environment and expand access to our state’s natural places while holding polluters and those seeking to take advantage of our resources accountable.

    • Public safety in the district and across Wisconsin. She will work to direct needed funding and resources to appropriate agencies so they can keep our communities safe.

    • Business owners’ needs, producing legislation that will create an economic environment in Wisconsin that keeps talent here, and provides fair deals to workers across the state.

    Jodi reflects the values of Grassroots North Shore and will work to fulfill the needs of the people of Wisconsin.

  • published Voting Absentee in Elections 2023 2023-02-09 15:22:43 -0600

    Requesting and Completing an Absentee Ballot

    Voting in every election is vital to our freedoms, our families, our futures and to good government in our communities. On, you can 

    • check your registration status;
    • request absentee ballots — we suggest asking for the whole year's worth;
    • review your ballot;
    • find contact information for your municipal clerk;
    • find your polling place.

    This video from the Wisconsin Election Commission steps through filling out an absentee ballot and completing the certification envelope:



    This video shows you how to complete the ballot and the certification envelope for returning it by mail or in person.



    The video does not cover how to make sure your witness fills out part of the certification envelope correctly. So here is the complete information required of the witness:

    1. Witness signature
    2. Date
    3. Street address
    4. City 
    5. State
    6. Zip code

    Make sure your witness does not abbreviate the name of the city or neglect to put a full address on the envelope.

  • published Northern Ozaukee School Board in Elections 2023 2023-02-02 15:50:08 -0600

    Northern Ozaukee School Board

    Town of Belgium, 1 seat
    Dan Large, Incumbent  
    Town of Fredonia, 1 seat
    Suzanne Miller, Incumbent  
    Jason Stielow  
    Town of Saukville, 1 seat
    Rick Hamm, Incumbent  


    2023 Referendum
    NOSD seeks a five-year, $1.7M operating referendum to manage stagnant per-pupil funding and projected budget deficits. Details

  • published Port Washington-Saukville School Board in Elections 2023 2023-02-02 15:45:10 -0600

    Port Washington-Saukville School Board

    City of Port Washington, 3 seats
    Kierstin M. Cira Candidate Forum
    Richard R. Sternhagen Candidate Forum
    Town of Port Washington, 1 seat
    Melissa Alexander, Iincumbent email
    Justin A. Meyers  
    Village of Saukville, 1 seat
    Sara McCutcheon, Incumbent email
    Dawn Brooks  


  • published Ozaukee County Supervisor, District 2 in Elections 2023 2023-02-02 15:11:18 -0600

  • published Advisory Referendums in Elections 2023 2023-02-02 15:09:11 -0600

    Wisconsin Advisory Referendum

    Wisconsin Work Requirement for Welfare Benefits Advisory Question

    Question 3, the state-wide advisory question, would ask voters if able-bodied childless adults should be required to look for work in order to receive welfare benefits. The question is not legally binding and would not enact a work requirement law for welfare benefits. Currently, state law requires able-bodied individuals without dependents to look for work in order to receive unemployment insurance. There is also a work requirement for Wisconsin's food stamp program, Wisconsin Foodshare, but the requirement has been waived since October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ballot Wording Shall able-bodied, childless adults be required to look for work in order to receive taxpayer-funded welfare benefits?
    YES A "yes" vote supports advising the state legislature to require "able-bodied, childless adults... to look for work in order to receive taxpayer-funded welfare benefits."
    NO A "no" vote opposes advising the state legislature to require "able-bodied, childless adults... to look for work in order to receive taxpayer-funded welfare benefits."


    Milwaukee County Advisory Abortion Question

    Question 4 is a Milwaukee County non-binding referendum. It asks for a simple yes or no vote on the following question:

    Ballot Wording Should Wisconsin Statute 940.04, which bans abortion at any stage of pregnancy without exception for rape, incest, or health of the patient, be repealed to allow legal access to abortion care?

  • published WI Constitutional Amendments in Elections 2023 2023-02-01 15:48:46 -0600

    WI Constitutional Amendments

    These proposed amendments to the Wisconsin Constitution have passed in two consecutive legislative sessions and are on the April 4, 2023, ballot for ratification by the voters of Wisconsin.


    Question 1: Conditions of Release Before Conviction Amendment
    Ballot Wording Conditions of release before conviction. Shall section 8 (2) of article I of the constitution be amended to allow a court to impose on an accused person being released before conviction conditions that are designed to protect the community from serious harm?
    Legislative Wording The ballot measure would amend Section 8(2) of Article I of the Wisconsin Constitution. The following underlined language would be added and struck-through language would be deleted:

    All persons, before conviction, shall be eligible for release under reasonable conditions designed to assure their appearance in court, protect members of the community from serious bodily harm as defined by the legislature by law or prevent the intimidation of witnesses. Monetary conditions of release may be imposed at or after the initial appearance only upon a finding that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the conditions are necessary to assure appearance in court. The legislature may authorize, by law, courts to revoke a person's release for a violation of a condition of release.
    YES A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to authorize the state legislature to define serious harm in relation to the conditions, designed to protect the community from serious harm, a judge imposes on an accused person released before conviction.
    NO A "no" vote opposes amending the state constitution to authorize the state legislature to define serious harm in relation to the conditions, designed to protect the community from serious harm, a judge imposes on an accused person released before conviction.


    Question 2: Conditions for Cash Bail Amendment
    Ballot Wording Cash bail before conviction. Shall section 8 (2) of article I of the constitution be amended to allow a court to impose cash bail on a person accused of a violent crime based on the totality of the circumstances, including the accused's previous convictions for a violent crime, the probability that the accused will fail to appear, the need to protect the community from serious harm and prevent witness intimidation, and potential affirmative defenses?
    Legislative Wording The ballot measure would amend Section 8(2) of Article I of the Wisconsin Constitution. The following underlined language would be added.

    All persons, before conviction, shall be eligible for release under reasonable conditions designed to assure their appearance in court, protect members of the community from serious bodily harm or prevent the intimidation of witnesses. Monetary conditions of release may be imposed at or after the initial appearance only upon a finding that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the conditions are necessary to assure appearance in court, or if the person is accused of a violent crime as defined by the legislature by law, only upon a finding that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the conditions are necessary based on the totality of the circumstances, taking into account whether the accused has a previous conviction for a violent crime as defined by the legislature by law, the probability that the accused will fail to appear in court, the need to protect members of the community from serious harm as defined by the legislature by law, the need to prevent the intimidation of witnesses, and the potential affirmative defenses of the accused. The legislature may authorize, by law, courts to revoke a person's release for a violation of a condition of release.
    YES A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to authorize judges to consider the following conditions when imposing and setting cash bail:
    • a previous conviction of a violent crime,
    • the probability the accused will not appear in court,
    • the need to protect the community from serious harm as defined by the state legislature,
    • the need to prevent witness intimidation, and
    • the potential affirmative defenses of the accused.
    NO A "no" vote opposes this amendment, thereby maintaining the existing conditions for imposing cash bail.


  • published Milwaukee Public School Board in Elections 2023 2023-01-30 13:46:10 -0600

    Milwaukee Public School Board

    These two races for MPS Board seats will not appear on the February 21 primary ballot but will appear on the April 4 ballot.

    District 3
    Gabi Hart no information
    Darryl Jackson no information


    Jeff Spence no information
    Missy Zombor website | Facebook | email

  • published City of Milwaukee in Elections 2023 2023-01-30 13:35:20 -0600

    City of Milwaukee

    Janet Protasiewicz for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court


    Janet Protasiewicz

    Grassroots North Shore Endorsement

    Website | Facebook

    Instagram | Twitter



    Milwaukee County Appeals Court, District 1


    William Brash, Incumbent

    Website | Linked In


    Sarah Geenen

    Grassroots North Shore Endorsement

    Website |  Facebook


    Urban Milwaukee has an in-depth article on the candidates running for these three Aldermanic seats.

    District 1
    David Bowen Facebook | Twitter | email | donate
    Andrea Pratt Facebook


    District 5
    Annette Jackson Facebook
    Lamont Westmoreland website | Facebook | email


    District 9
    Odell Ball website | Facebook | email
    Larresa Taylor Facebook | Linked In | email

  • 2023 Village of Bayside

    Janet Protasiewicz for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court


    Janet Protasiewicz

    Grassroots North Shore Endorsement

    Website | Facebook

    Instagram | Twitter



    Senate District 8

    Jodi Habush Sinykin

    Grassroots North Shore Endorsement

    Website | Facebook
    Twitter | ActBlue


    Bayside Village President
    Eido M Walny, Incumbent website | Facebookemail
    Elizabeth Levins website | email


    Village Trustee, 2 seats
    Robert Rudman email
    Mark McCormick website | email
    Kelly Marrazza website | email