2012 spring election endorsements
Fair Wisconsin PAC is committed to advancing and achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Wisconsinites through strategic electoral activity.
We endorse candidates running for office who advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. To earn a Fair Wisconsin PAC endorsement a candidate must participate in our endorsement process and state that they will publicly accept our endorsement.
This spring, Fair Wisconsin PAC reached out to over 200 candidates for local office across Wisconsin to gauge support for fairness and evaluate individual candidates. We were pleased that there were several districts in addition to those listed below where we had multiple pro-fairness candidates to consider for endorsement. In some cases, the PAC Committee decided not to endorse one candidate over another, but does want to recognize these additional pro-fairness candidates for their support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. These candidates are not endorsed, but are noted in the list below.
If you don’t see your candidate on our endorsement list please do reach out to them and ask them if they participated in our endorsement process. If they did not participate, please tell them how important it is to you that they receive Fair Wisconsin PAC’s endorsement.
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MAYOR: Timothy Hanna
COMMON COUNCIL: John Robin Hill, District 2
SCHOOL BOARD: John Mielke, At-large*
CITY COUNCIL: Mike Zoril, At-large
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
District 1: Scott McDonell
District 3: Nick Zweifel
District 4: Kyle Richmond
District 6: John Hendrick
District 7: Matt Veldran
District 8: Carousel Bayrd
District 9: Dianne Hesselbein
District 11: Al Matano
District 12: Paul Rusk
District 13: Chuck Erickson
District 14: Melanie Hampton
District 15: Susan Bailey
District 17: Jeff Pertl
District 18: Melissa Sargent
District 22: Maureen McCarville
District 24: Robin Schmidt
District 25: Tim Kiefer
District 26: Sharon Corrigan
District 30: Pat Downing
District 31: Roe Parker
District 32: Erika Hotchkis
District 33: Jenni Dye
District 34: Patrick Miles
District 37: Bob Salov
Districts where there is no endorsement, but all candidates participated, scored the highest rating and are competing for open seats: District 2, Heidi Wegleitner and Adam Plotkin; District 5, Leland Pan and John Magnino; District 35, Carl Chenoweth and Paul Lawrence
JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH 11: Ellen Berz
Jim Farrell, At-large
Angela Smillie, At-large
Michael Southers, At-large
LA CROSSE COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Bill Brockmiller, District 11
MAYOR: Tom Barrett
CITY TREASURER: Tim Carpenter
District 3: Nik Kovac
District 14: T. Anthony Zielinski
District 15: Willie Hines
District where there is no endorsement, but all candidates participated and scored a high rating:District 12, Jose Perez and Jim Witkowiak
COUNTY EXECUTIVE: Chris Abele
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
District 1: Theodore Lipscomb
District 2: Nikiya Harris
District 3: Gerry Broderick
District 4: Marina Dimitrijevic
District 8: Patricia Jursik
District 12: Peggy Romo West
District 13: Willie Johnson, Jr.
District 14: Jason Haas
District 15: Dan Cody
District 16: John Weishan, Jr.
District 18: Tracey Corder
District where there is no endorsement, but all candidates participated and scored a high rating:District 7, Michael Mayo and Jermaine Buckner
JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH 17: Carolina Stark
JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT BRANCH 23: Lindsey Grady
VILLAGE TRUSTEE: Thad Nation, At-large
*NOTE ABOUT SCHOOL BOARD ENDORSEMENTS: Traditionally, Fair Wisconsin PAC has not made endorsements in local School Board races. In this case, however, Mr. Mielke is a pro-fairness incumbent who is being challenged by a candidate endorsed by a local organization with extreme, public anti-fairness views. The Fair Wisconsin PAC Committee decided that it was appropriate to make an endorsement in this race to show our support for an incumbent who has been a strong ally of the LGBT community.