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Tuesday is Primary Election Day

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9, is the date of the partisan primary election in Wisconsin. Voters will choose the party nominees for the Nov. 8 general election for a variety of statewide offices, including U.S. Senator, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer and secretary of state. 

In addition, nominees will be chosen for other partisan races, including all Assembly seats and 17 of the 33 seats in the Wisconsin State Senate—the odd-numbered districts. This will be the first primary election to take place after redistricting following the 2020 United States census. 

Three school referenda asking voters for permission to exceed the state-imposed revenue limits will be on the ballot, including one in the Independence School District and two in the Monticello School District.
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Mt. Horeb Area, New Glarus, Verona Area school districts to jointly hold candidate forum

Announced by Mount Horeb Area School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Salerno, seven candidates (5 Democrats and 2 Republicans) that are on the August 9th primary ballot for the 80th Assembly District have been invited to participate and answer questions regarding K-12 education.

Great job by these school districts to make this event happen! The forum is slated for Monday, July 25, 2022, from 6:00-7:30 at Mount Horeb High School’s cafeteria. (more…)

Numerous current and former school board members are off and running for legislature, governor

Every two years, after nomination papers are filed and the field of candidates is set, the WASB government relations team tries to identify and recognize all the current and former school board members who are running for the state Senate and state Assembly.  These candidates bring with them a working knowledge of the issues and challenges facing school boards and can be valuable contacts for you and your boards.

This year, we have identified a bumper crop of nearly twenty current and former school board members seeking election to the Legislature and the Governor’s seat. If we may have missed any candidates with a background of school board service that you are aware of, please let us know so that we may properly recognize their candidacy. 

This year’s group of candidates includes the following: (more…)

Fields set for state races: an ideal time to make advocacy inroads

Fields set for state races: an ideal time to make advocacy inroads

Following the June 1 deadline for filing nomination papers, the field of candidates for the governor’s race and Wisconsin Legislature (as well as other statewide offices) is set, barring any unexpected glitches or challenges to nomination papers. Despite a substantial number of unopposed incumbent state legislators (see below), a near-record thirty lawmakers did not seek re-election. This guarantees that the Legislature will have many new faces sworn in in January.

This an ideal time for school leaders to begin building relationships with those likely to be members of the new crop of lawmakers as well as incumbents, especially those in seats where those incumbents are certain or highly likely to be re-elected. In areas where there are contested legislative races, the Capitol Watch column in June-July issue of the Wisconsin School News provides tips for school leaders on how to host a candidate forum. You can access that column here. (more…)

Preliminary April 5 School Referendum Results: 65 of 81 Questions Approved

Preliminary (unofficial) results reported to the DPI indicate that 65 of the 81 school referendums on the April 5 ballot were approved by voters of the districts where those questions were presented. That translates to a passage rate of slightly more than 80 percent.   

Referendums asking voters to approve borrowing for school construction or renovation passed at a lower rate (71 percent) than the overall passage rate, as 25 of 35 were approved.  Overall, 10 of the 16 referendum questions turned down by voters asked for approval to issue debt. (more…)

School Board Races, Referenda Highlight April 5 Election Ballot

A total of 81 local school referenda are scheduled to be voted on at the April 5 ballot. Of the 81 scheduled referendum:

  • 35 are to Issue Debt, totaling $1.1 billion if all are approved
  • 8 are to exceed revenue limits on a Recurring basis, totaling $13.5 million if all are approved
  • 38 are to exceed revenue limits on a Non-Recurring basis totaling $193 million if all are approved.

Here is a breakdown by district (in alphabetical order): (more…)