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.

Not sure what district you are in? Find your district, polling place, registration status and sample ballots here: https://vpa.wi.gov/.

APPLETON

MAYOR: Timothy Hanna

COMMON COUNCIL: John Robin Hill, District 2

SCHOOL BOARD: John Mielke, At-large*

BELOIT

CITY COUNCIL: Mike Zoril, At-large

DANE COUNTY

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

JANESVILLE

CITY COUNCIL

Jim Farrell, At-large

Angela Smillie, At-large

Michael Southers, At-large

LA CROSSE COUNTY

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Bill Brockmiller, District 11

MILWAUKEE

MAYOR: Tom Barrett

CITY TREASURER: Tim Carpenter

COMMON COUNCIL

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

MILWAUKEE COUNTY

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

SHOREWOOD

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.

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