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Legislative Update


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

by | Jun 13, 2022 | Election, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

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:

Assembly District

Candidate Name

School Board

Party Affiliation

1st

Joel Kitchens (I)

Sturgeon Bay (former)

GOP

10th

Bryan Kennedy

Glendale-River Hills (former)

Dem

20th

Christine Sinicki (I)

Milwaukee (MPS) (former)

Dem

28th

Patty Schachtner

Somerset (former)

Dem

29th

Clint Moses (I)

Menomonie Area (former)

GOP

31st

Maryann Zimmerman

Whitewater (current)

GOP

33rd

Scott Johnson

Fort Atkinson (former)

GOP

33rd

Don Vruwink (I)

Milton (former)

Dem

46th

Andrew McKinney

Monona Grove (current)

GOP

55th

Stefanie Holt

Neenah (former)

Dem

62nd

Robert Wittke (I)

Racine Unified (former)

GOP

68th

Hillarie Roth

Altoona (current)

GOP

73rd

Laura Gapske

Superior (current)

Dem

84th

Lu Ann Bird

Whitnall (former)

Dem

90th

Kristina Shelton (I)

Green Bay (former)

Dem

93rd

Alison Page

River Falls (former)

Dem

 

 

 

 

Senate District

Candidate Name

School Board

Party Affiliation

27th

Dianne Hesselbein

Middleton-Cross Plains Area (former)

Dem

29th

Cory Tomczyk

Mosinee (former)

GOP

31st

David Estenson

Whitehall (current)

GOP

 

 

 

 

Governor

Candidate Name

School Board

Party Affiliation

 

Timothy Ramthun

Kewaskum (current)

GOP

 

 

 

 

(I) denotes an incumbent for that office.

Notes:

–Tim Ramthun is currently an incumbent state representative representing the 59th Assembly District.
–Don Vruwink is currently an incumbent state representative representing the 43rd Assembly District but is running in the 33rd Assembly District under the newly redrawn legislative maps.
–Dianne Hesselbein is currently an incumbent state representative representing the 79th Assembly District.
–Patty Schactner is a former state senator, having once represented the 10th Senate District.
–Sen. Duey Stroebel, a former Germantown school board member, is currently an incumbent state senator representing the 20 Senate District; however, he holds an even-numbered seat and thus is not on the ballot (not up for re-election) this year.

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