WI Primary Voter Guide Candidates

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Attorney General

Adam Jarchow

Biography

Husband, father of two school-aged kids, attorney of nearly 20 years, small business owner, volunteer firefighter, and former state representative. Raised in Northwest Wisconsin. Attended the University of Florida Law School. I've been practicing law for nearly 20 years - from large national law firms to partner at a regional law firm to owning my own private practice. I've worked with clients big and small, from Wisconsin municipalities to small business owners who had their doors shuttered by Governor Evers' illegal ˜Safer at Home Order". I represented Northwest Wisconsin in the State Assembly from 2015-2018, where I was a champion for personal liberties.

What motivated you to run for public office?

My two kids, Bo and Megan, are the reason I decided to run. When I left the State Legislature, I never planned on running for office again. That changed in the last couple of years when I saw the direction our state and country were headed. Crime is through the roof, repeat criminals are arrested and almost immediately returned back to our streets, cops are retiring in droves because nobody has their back, schools think parents of their students are the enemy, and the bureaucrats in Madison and D.C. have no regard for the letter of the law. I want my kids to grow up in a state and country that they're proud of. That's why I got in the race.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

As the father of two school-aged kids, I've experienced the frustration of what our children are being taught in schools, and I worry about them not having the same opportunities in Wisconsin that we had growing up. As a state representative, I proudly worked with constituents who were dealing with out-of-control Madison bureaucrats while also writing the laws of our state, formulating the state budget, and championing personal liberties for the people of Wisconsin. Like many small business owners, I've signed the front of paychecks and not just the back; I've worried about the wellness of my employees and their families; and most importantly, I succeeded through a results-oriented leadership style. We need an Attorney General who knows how to manage the close to 750 employees at the Department of Justice, and I have the broad career and life experience necessary to achieve results while doing it.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Out of control crime, hands down. In April, I introduced my Make Wisconsin Safe Again plan where I outlined four policy proposals to address violent crime and protect our communities. To reduce crime, I would work with the Legislature, many of whom are my former colleagues, to fully fund our police and address hiring challenges. I would create a Violent Crimes Taskforce at the Department of Justice, composed of agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecutors from Criminal Litigation, who would deploy at a moment\'s notice to assist local prosecutors in combating violent crime. I would work with the Legislature to give the Department of Justice original jurisdiction over violent gun crimes in Wisconsin's counties with first- and second-class cities, allowing the DOJ to hold violent criminals accountable when District Attorneys can't or won't do their jobs. Finally, I would transform the Office of School Safety into a standalone Division of School Safety, allowing for dedicated resources and staffing to address the mental health and physical safety for our teachers and students.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

If elected, I would do everything that my predecessor has refused to do. I'll fill the prosecutor and Division of Criminal Investigation vacancies at the DOJ, fix the issues at the crime lab, and hold criminals accountable for their actions. While my predecessor has weaponized the DOJ for political reasons, that is not how our justice system should operate. In contrast, I will defend the rule of law and leave politics at the door.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

The primary responsibility of the Attorney General is to ensure the safety of all Wisconsinites. We will right the wrongs that Josh Kaul has endured on our state starting day one. As Attorney General, I will work with the Legislature to give DOJ original jurisdiction over certain violent gun crimes. If prosecutors around our state can't or won't fulfill their duty of keeping violent criminals behind bars, I will. We will also work with the Legislature to make sure Wisconsin law enforcement agencies have the resources needed to hire officers and address recruitment challenges.

Who are your political role models?

Thomas Jefferson

Clerk of Circuit Court - Marathon County

Kelly Schremp

Marathon County

Biography

I am a lifelong resident of Marathon County and am passionate about making a difference in the community I grew up in. I have had the pleasure of working for Marathon County for 12 years. I started working as a Court Clerk and was promoted to Judicial Assistant within 6 months. In 2015, I was promoted to the position of Administrative Supervisor. I was happy with my role as Supervisor, but within a year my ascent up the administrative ladder took me to the position of Chief Deputy Clerk of Court. In 2021, I was appointed to my current role as Acting Clerk of Court. I live in the Village of Rothschild and have been happily married to Retired Police Chief, Bill Schremp, for 29 years. Community service has always been a passion and priority for our family. Bill and I have been blessed with a beautiful, blended family of 4 adult children, and 7 grandchildren. My experience at all levels of the Clerk of Court system has given me a unique perspective on what it takes to manage and maintain a flourishing Clerk of Court's office. I have set achievable goals to improve our office. Some of those goals are, continuing the process of updating technology in the courtrooms and working with the Judges and court staff to alleviate the current backlog of pending court cases. I believe the continued use of technology in the courtrooms will increase the efficiency of the courts. Lastly, I will continue to maintain a professional, efficient, and positive culture within the Clerk of Court's office. The last 8 months as your acting Clerk of Court has been my honor. I am dedicated to my staff and the citizens of Marathon County. I will work hard to improve the way we do business. When elected, I will continue to persevere and proudly service the citizens of Marathon County as your Clerk of Court.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I am running for public office because I truly enjoy working in my current position. In this position, I have the opportunity to make a difference. I believe that no matter the reason an individual has contact with the Clerk of Court's office, they can expect to be treated with dignity and respect by our knowledgeable staff. I intend to continue building upon that.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

In my 12 years working in the Clerk's office, I have been fortunate to work in all aspects of the department, including the last 7 years in management positions. I work closely with all stakeholders within the court system to make positive changes to the court process. I pride myself on my integrity, leadership experience, professionalism, and strong work ethic.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Since this is a local primary, the residents I have spoken with in Marathon County have expressed concern about the length of time it takes to navigate the court system. I believe that continuing to use technology to allow litigants to appear via electronic means for certain hearings will help alleviate this issue. We are currently working on technology updates in all 6 Branches. Also, there is a statewide shortage of defense attorneys. Marathon County is experiencing this first-hand. As a member of Marathon County's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), we as a group are looking into ways to help to alleviate this issue.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

I have been Acting Clerk of Court for 8 months now. I engage in open and honest communication with staff members. I will encourage personal & professional growth by offering training opportunities for staff as they become available. I believe that a strong leader creates loyalty, trust, credibility, and a strong office culture.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

I would encourage all staff to be further cross-trained. There should never be an interruption in service to the public because of the absence of an employee.

Who are your political role models?

Honestly, I would have to say my husband, Bill. Bill has been in public service all his life. After retiring as Chief of Police in Rothschild, he has continued his role in public service as an integral part of the Rothschild Village Board. It is because of him and his involvement in public service that I became interested in running in this election.

Pam VanOoyen

Marathon County

Biography

I am 48 years old and have been a Marathon County Resident for 27 years. I have 30 years of legal experience, with the last 18 years working as a Judicial Assistant for Judge Moran in Branch 5 Marathon County. I have been on the committee for Sara's Storybook Garden for the past 5 years and enjoy being a part of that committee and working with the local bar attorneys and community members to keep Sara Quirt Sann's memory alive.

What motivated you to run for public office?

Having been working in government for many years, I have become more interested in politics over the past few years. Running for the Clerk of Court position would not only give me a chance to get more involved with politics, it would also allow me to make a difference and bring a positive change to the clerk's office. I had encouragement from people within the judicial system as well as outside the system and decided it was time to bring my knowledge and skills to the table and make a difference for the citizens of Marathon County.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

With many years of legal experience, 18 of them working as a Judicial Assistant, I have extensive knowledge of the court system, requirements and duties of the Clerk of Court. I have worked closely with all six Marathon County Judges, the two Court Commissioners and courthouse staff. I want to provide better customer service and efficiency to the office, and those are qualities that are important to me.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Inflation

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

If elected, one of the first things I want to do differently, would be to commit to improving customer service and efficiency in the clerk's office for all Marathon County citizens. I think a positive work environment would improve the overall morale and would reflect in our customer service. I as Clerk of Court would like to be more involved in helping the Courts and continue to find ways to get court cases heard timely and without delay.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

If elected, I would like to alter some of the responsibilities within the office. Part of the positive change and morale boost would be to move some employees around and perhaps give them a voice and see what they would like to see change. I want to get more employees cross-trained so that several people are able to help out during busy times or when someone is out of the office. And most importantly I want to make the office feel like a team again.

Who are your political role models?

I am so new to politics that I am not sure.. if I had to pick one it would be Donald Trump.

Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch

Wisconsin

Biography

I'm a Wisconsin-proud, conservative mom who believes in turning great ideas into reality - regardless of the odds. I'm running to take back Wisconsin for the people so that we can give our kids a stronger Wisconsin moving forward. I served as Scott Walker's lieutenant governor from 2011-18 and became the first lieutenant governor in American history to survive a recall election. I'm a former journalist, a cancer survivor, and “ most importantly “ the mom of two daughters.

What motivated you to run for public office?

At my core, I'm a Tea Party mom who wants to make our state better for my kids - and yours. That's why I first got involved and why I'm running now. Liberals like Tony Evers are ruining our state, and we must take back Wisconsin. I know how hard it was for Scott Walker to enact conservative reforms in our state because I was right there with him, standing up against the liberal mob. That's why I find it so sad to watch Tony Evers try to undo all of the good work we did. I live in Wisconsin, have raised my family here (unlike my primary opponent), and want what's best for our state. That means taking back our schools, streets, and government - and giving it back to the people of this great state.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

I'm the only candidate running for governor with a proven track record of getting things done. Scott Walker and I worked with the Legislature to save taxpayers billions of dollars, and Wisconsin was the envy of conservatives around the country. We faced screaming mobs of protestors at the Capitol and won. Nobody else in this race can say that.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

We must make Wisconsin affordable. Inflation ballooned because of Evers' and Biden's actions. We need more workers to address supply chain issues, which contribute to higher prices. Welfare reform will allow more workers, and work must pay. I'll enact transformational income tax reform. I will also hold the line on the gas tax, unlike Tony Evers and Tim Michels have encouraged.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

Tony Evers has been a complete failure. He has ignored parents who have cried out for changes in our schools. He's let crime run out of control on our streets. And he's failed to do anything to protect the integrity of our elections. Truly empowering parents is my plan. Passing a universal school choice program and curriculum transparency and breaking up MPS is a strong start. Prioritizing teaching life skills and critical thinking - not Critical Race Theory - will also help make our schools more successful. I'll also crack down on out-of-control crime. We need bail and sentencing reform to keep the bad guys behind bars. We must also put 1,000 more cops on the street and as governor, I'll fire the weak district attorneys who have let criminals terrorize our state. And I will secure our elections. That means no more -Zuckerbucks, -ballot harvesting or central counts. No more unaccountable drop boxes. I will abolish the Wisconsin Elections Commission and return the authority to an elected, accountable office. But we can't stop there - I will create an agency with law enforcement powers to root out fraud before it happens. Wisconsin's elections will be the most secure in the nation.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

Since the beginning of COVID-19, we have seen the powers of the state executive abused and misused. I believe that it is time for us to have a serious discussion in this state about curtailing the powers of the executive branch. Tony Evers unilaterally closed our entire state with a one-size-fits-all mandate. During the Walker-Kleefisch administration, we made great strides in reeling in abusive bureaucracy.

Who are your political role models?

I stood with Scott Walker as he took on mobs of screaming protesters and won. I will always remember the lessons I learned serving alongside him during the most conservative era in Wisconsin political history. Then I would say Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady stood up to thousands of bullies, slanderous attacks and countless petty insults; and got results because she was convicted in her principled leadership. Liberals launch slanderous attacks on conservative women all the time, and she stood plainly against them.

Lieutenant Governor

Patrick Testin

Biography

State Senator Patrick Testin has represented the 24th District (parts of Central and Western Wisconsin) in the Wisconsin State Senate since 2016, after winning election to oust an 18-year incumbent in a district that had not elected a Republican since 1968. In 2020, he was re-elected by a margin of nearly 13% despite being a top targeted district with nearly $1.5 million supporting his Democratic opponent. Testin currently chairs the Senate Committee on Health and formerly chaired the Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs, and Senior Issues. He was selected by his Senate colleagues in 2021 to serve as the Senate\'s President Pro Tempore. Outside of government, Testin is a successful sales professional and lives in the Town of Hull with his wife, Hannah.

What motivated you to run for public office?

After being in the Legislature for nearly six years and spending the last four continuously fighting against Gov. Evers radical proposals and attempts to encroach on our rights at every turn, I came to realize that fighting on defense is no longer enough. It is time that we go back on offense, take the fight to the Democrats, and put in the work to get our conservative message out to non-traditional Republican voters, while also winning back the voters we lost in 2016 and 2020. I have been outspent during every race that my name has been on the ballot, however, I have never been outworked and it is going to take every bit of effort by our gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial candidates on the ballot this November for us to be able to beat Tony Evers. I am ready to be that partner for our gubernatorial nominee, and look forward to putting in the work to bring new voters into our party.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

In all likelihood, our next Republican Governor will be someone without any experience in the Legislature, but a new Administration will have to be ready to fire on all cylinders on Day 1 to bring about some real conservative reforms to our state once again. We need to be ready to effectively and efficiently pass things like universal school choice, Constitutional Carry, and an elimination of the state income tax. I bring to our ticket six years of experience in the Legislature, the respect of my Republican Senate colleagues shown through my being elected Senate President Pro Tempore, and the endorsements in my race for Lt. Governor of nearly 40 current members of the Legislature. This experience will be invaluable to whomever our gubernatorial nominee is, and I can provide crucial support in working to get legislation passed in both the Assembly and the Senate.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

We have a looming workforce crisis coming to our state with a rapidly aging workforce, particularly in our largest economic sectors of agriculture and manufacturing. That fact, coupled with inadequate recruitment of our Wisconsin high schoolers to these trades, will very quickly lead to our state facing an even worse worker shortage than we currently have. We must be actively going beyond our state and working to recruit recent graduates and trained workers to come make their home in Wisconsin. Looking at the states that experienced the largest amount of growth during the last census, the growth was nearly all in states that did not have a state income tax. That would be a massive step in re-positioning Wisconsin as the it-state in the Midwest to attract new workers to come live in the Badger State. I would like to act as an ambassador for the Governor and be out across our country, selling people on why Wisconsin is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

With Mandela Barnes currently serving as Lt. Governor, there are few ways that I would like to govern similarly to his use of the office for the last four years. Firstly, I want to actively work at my job as Lt. Gov. and not spend my days pandering to the woke-left on Twitter, and would not use half of my term to seek office in the US Senate. Next, an area of particular note that LG Barnes has made his presence known is in regard to his disrespect of and want to defund the police. I am a strident supporter of our police, and will seek to use the LG bully pulpit to help call for additional respect for our law enforcement officers. With crime in Wisconsin reaching all-time highs, numbers of police recruits at all-time lows, and respect for law enforcement reaching newly found lows, we need government leaders that are calling for support and respect of our men and women in blue.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

While I certainly do not seek to utilize the example of Mandela Barnes in my tenure as Lieutenant Governor, during my tenure I would seek to emulate many of the responsibilities that former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch expanded the office to include. I hope to be an engaged LG and be not only recruiting out-of-state people and businesses to move to Wisconsin, but I want to take that responsibility to another level with an in-state, education component. Since I took office in the State Senate, once a month, I have been conducting my On The Job Series, where I spend a full day working a job in my District to showcase and highlight the job opportunities available. I have done everything from cleaning septic tanks, working on a buffalo ranch, cleaning hotel rooms, and working construction. I hope to take this series statewide and implement it in conjunction with traveling our State's schools to sell students on considering jobs in the trades and in agriculture. We can no longer be content to sell all students that a four-year college degree is everyone's best choice, and with our workforce shortage on the horizon, we need to be making efforts to educate people across Wisconsin that there are good, family-supporting jobs available without a degree.

Who are your political role models?

I worked on my first campaign in 2010 for Sean Duffy, and that experience has shaped my political goals and abilities. As the only person in the race for Lt. Governor that has ever beaten an incumbent Democrat, I know how hard we are going to have to work in order to be victorious in November against Tony Evers. I learned a lot about just how hard you have to work, in 2010, when Sean Duffy flipped a district that had been held by Dave Obey for 42 years.

Roger Roth

Biography

Born and raised in the Fox Valley, Roger has learned the values of hard work and personal sacrifice. Roger became active in his family's Appleton-based construction business as a teenager and would later manage all aspects of its operations. Following graduation from UW-Oshkosh, Roger joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard, with multiple deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He continues to serve as an officer in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, holding the rank of Captain. As a state senator, Roger has worked to make the Fox Valley and all of Wisconsin a better place to pursue opportunities, foster economic growth, and help families thrive. He's running for Lieutenant Governor to continue producing results for Wisconsin families.

What motivated you to run for public office?

My five boys are my motivation for running for Lieutenant Governor. I see them, and all of our children and grandchildren, as the future and foundation of our great state.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

My background combines all the elements of an effective Lieutenant Governor - small business experience as a third-generation homebuilder, military experience having served 17 years in the WI Air National Guard, legislative experience both as a state Assemblyman and state Senator, and finally a grounding in the principles of faith, family and freedom.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

An Economy that Works Working on his family's small business, Roger knows that crushing inflation, runaway government spending, and ever-increasing taxes cost families and business owners each and every day. Roger successfully fought off billions in tax increases from the Evers administration, including taxes on federal rescue grants. He voted against the state providing cover to runaway federal spending - spending that has driven the skyrocketing inflation here in Wisconsin and has added trillions to our national debt. Roger has continued the fight for a strong economy with his proposal to eliminate the state income tax, a move that will save Wisconsin families thousands, help retirees remain in Wisconsin, and allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to reinvest those savings in their workers and our state's economy. With families across Wisconsin feeling the stress of rising prices at the pump and grocery store, no other candidate has a record of delivering significant tax reform and fighting against big government's inflationary policies. Ensuring Education Works for Families As the proud father of five boys, Roger knows that children best succeed when their parents are involved. As a strong advocate of choice, Roger is willing to take on the task of finally ensuring that every family in Wisconsin has a choice. But Roger isn't just talking the talk. He has taken on special interests and unions despite their attacks on him and his family. Roger is the author of legislation to establish a Parental Bill of Rights, ensure Curriculum Transparency, and provide Universal School Choice to every family - successfully passing these bills in the legislature for the first time in the history of Wisconsin. Despite some candidates speaking in platitudes, Roger is willing to do the hard work and give every student a fair shake. Roger trusts parents whether a family chooses to send their child to public school, charter school, private school, or homeschool. Reinstituting Election Integrity Wisconsin voters should follow the same rules whether they vote in Ashland or Appleton. Roger is the only candidate to lead the charge to ensure election integrity, authoring legislation, and constitutional amendments to ensure security and consistency in our state elections. From reforming absentee ballot procedures to fighting "Zuckerbucks" buying votes in Wisconsin cities, no other candidate has done more to secure our vote than Roger Roth. Roger authored the constitutional amendment guaranteeing that citizens, and ONLY Citizens, can vote in Wisconsin elections, protecting our state against the radical leftist trends of states like New York and California. Safe Streets and Safe Communities Democrats in Wisconsin have made clear over the past four years that they do not want to hold criminals accountable. Tony Evers has stoked racially divisive rhetoric that supported armed felons over police response, refused to deploy the national guard, allowed our cities to burn in the wake of violent protests, and hired bureaucrats who sought to let murderers out of prison. Our state needs a fighter who will not only stand with the rule of law but also listen to victims rather than pandering to the radical left. Roger trusts our local officers to protect their communities. He has authored legislation to help recruit, retain, and train law enforcement to put more officers on the streets and in our communities. He has stood with the families of murder victims, pushing out radical bureaucrats who let out cop killers and murders. Roger will continue to fight for legislation preventing liberals from defunding the police and constitutionally guaranteeing that law enforcement funding goes directly to law enforcement, not socialist pet projects. Protecting the Most Vulnerable As the proud father of five, Roger and his family don't just say they are pro-life, they live it every day. Roger Roth firmly believes that all babies deserve a chance at life. Despite radical moves from liberals to push partial-birth abortion, abortion on demand, or murdering a child based on their sex, Roger has stood to thwart the left's ruthless ambition to end the life of thousands of future Wisconsinites. As part of his commitment to life, Roger authored the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act to guarantee that abortion survivors have a shot at life and those who would murder them face the full force of law. Standing up for our Constitutional Rights Throughout his time in office, Roger has consistently stood in defense of Wisconsin residents' constitutional rights. From protecting freedom of speech to leading the charge in expanding 2nd amendment protections of WI residents, Roger has worked tirelessly against liberal special interests from Wisconsin and Washington D.C. when others refuse to act. As Lt. Governor, Roger will ensure Wisconsin residents can speak their minds, worship how they want, and protect their families without fear.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

The current Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Mandela Barnes, has openly mocked law enforcement, lied about getting his college degree, routinely failed to pay his taxes and lashes out at anyone that brings it up, stoked tensions and outright made up stories following the Kenosha riots, and thinks the founding of American was "awful." Talk about a low bar! I'll bring honesty and integrity and love of our great country back to the Lieutenant Governor's office. In addition I have the background to work with the Governor to move a bold conservative agenda through the legislature and signed into law.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

The Lieutenant Governor's office doesn't have defined constitutional duties and different Governor's administrations have utilized it in different ways. I've had excellent conversations with past Republican Governors Walker and Thompson along with all of the current candidates running for Governor to discuss what they'd like to see from the office. In the military, we have a saying that you can "write your own billet." You can identify a problem or an area of need, go to your commander, get them to sign off on it and you've got yourself a job. From my experience in the legislature, I expect to help steer the next Governor's agenda through the legislature. Many of the issues that are central to their campaigns like Universal School Choice and the elimination of the income tax are proposals I\'ve authored. In addition, the Governor is in charge of our 10,000 men and women in the National Guard. As the only candidate for Governor or Lieutenant Governor with that experience, I look to be the principal advisor on National Guard matters.

Who are your political role models?

Winston Churchill (we even named one of our sons Winston!), Abraham Lincoln and Cincinnatus.

Secretary of State

Amy Loudenbeck

Biography

My husband and I live on a farmette in rural south-central Wisconsin. We met while serving on our local volunteer fire department almost 25 years ago. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. For the next several years I worked in environmental project management for a variety of clients in three states helping businesses navigate the complex regulatory process. After getting married, I traded in my hardhat and a lot of time away from home for a local opportunity at the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce. I was elected to the Wisconsin state Assembly in 2010 and currently serving out my term.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I enjoy public policy immensely and enjoy working to resolve complex policy issues. I saw a need for someone with conservative values, great ideas, and a strong work ethic to represent my Assembly district back in 2010 and was successful in winning a seat that had been held by democrats for 20 years. It was an honor to be elected to the Wisconsin state Assembly but after 12 great years in the legislature, it's time for someone else to earn that opportunity. I am now ready to bring that same self-determination and can-do attitude to compete for a seat held by a 40 plus year democrat incumbent (Doug La Follette). We must replace him in November with someone with conservative values, great ideas and strong work ethic and I know I am the person who can be successful where many others have failed.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

During my 12 years in the Legislature, I authored over 50 bills that were enacted and served 8 years on the budget-making Joint Finance Committee, the last 4 years as committee Vice Co-Chair. I get things done. I identify problems, work with stakeholders to find solutions and make a case for change. This experience and collaborative approach will allow me to be an agent for change on day one.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

As I travel the state, the economy and dealing with inflation are on voters' minds but unfortunately, the Secretary of State doesn't have constitutional authority in those matters. What I see as an important issue I can address as Secretary of State is making that office work for the people of Wisconsin once again. The people want and deserve a Secretary of State who actually earns their paycheck by performing duties in a timely, transparent, and professional manner.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

The Secretary of State's office has fallen into disrepair and disfavor thanks to the neglect of Doug La Follette who has been in that office for forty-four years. The less he did, the more people forgot there was such an office. My strong work ethic and record of success as an elected official are unmatched by any other candidate in this race. As Secretary of State, I would pro-actively engage in efforts to make this office work again so that it provides value and service to the people of Wisconsin.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

Starting on day one, I will open the door to the office and start working as a member of my team. I will help perform the existing duties and work to modernize them by implementing fast, secure electronic processes and providing real customer service. In addition, I am committed to serving with distinction as one of three members on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands which oversees $1.5 billion in assets and 76-thousand acres of public lands, to make sure these assets are protected and maximized. I plan to work with the Legislative and Executive branches to restore traditional Secretary of State duties to this constitutional office such as registrations, filing of deeds, preservation of documents and elections duties. Voter confidence has been shaken thanks to the actions of the unaccountable Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC). I would advocate a model that disbands WEC and involves the Secretary of State's office in administrative elections duties as it once did, and as most other states currently do. This includes providing consistent and legal guidance to locally elected clerks who actually "run" elections in Wisconsin.

Who are your political role models?

Former WI Lt. Governor, the Honorable Margaret Farrow Former WI Governor and United States DHS Secretary, the Honorable Tommy G. Thompson

State Assembly

Scott Soik

District 71

Biography

Education: Stevens Point Area Senior High School: 1990-1993 United States Marine Corps: 1993-1997 Colorado School of Trades: 1998-2000 EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: 1997-2007 Earth Inc. 2006 to Present: OWNER OF RIVER VALLEY SPECIALIZED MACHINING POLITICAL HISTORY: 2004 to 2006: Town of Linwood Board Supervisor 2004 to 2012: Town of Linwood Plan Commission 2011 to 2017: Portage County Board of Adjustment 2011 to 2017: St. Paul Lutheran School Board 2017 to 2020: Town of Linwood Plan Commission Chairman 2020 to Present: Portage County Board of Supervisors

What motivated you to run for public office?

I have a servant's heart. From my enlistment in the United States Marine Corps to serving as a local government official, to serving as County Board Supervisor, I find myself compelled to give more to my community.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

Through my years of community service and my enlistment in the Marines, I've learned creative ways to solve problems with thoughtful solutions. In these times, Portage County needs a new voice to make sure the solutions that come out of Madison work for us in Central Wisconsin. I have also been involved in local politics for almost 20 years.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Wisconsin families are struggling with inflation and high prices and our economy is still struggling from the government's lockdown of many of Wisconsin's businesses. We need new leadership who won't allow government to break the back of small business and drive-up costs for everyone. I will work in the legislature to ensure the state budget is balanced, wasteful spending is reduced, and our communities our safe.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

The incumbent's party has changed to favor the values of Madison and Milwaukee over the last 30 years, even more so in the past 10 years. I will continue to focus on issues that matter in Central Wisconsin like leaner, less costly government that respects the individual liberty of all the people and their employers.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

As your Assembly Representative in the 71st Assembly District I will certainly alter how the office has traditionally operated! I'm a go-getter and I'm going to show up and burn the midnight oil for the people of the 71st. I will work hard to make sure the voters get exceptional service in Madison.

Who are your political role models?

Thomas Sowell is my biggest role model. He dropped out of high school and joined the Marines and still elevated himself to degrees from Harvard and Columbia to become one of the most respected economists in the world. He recognizes the harm government programs cause for the people they pretend to help. We can do better for all people by creating policies that keeps government from interfering with economic growth. Ronald Reagan's economic and tax reforms demonstrated that smaller government can increase economic growth and grow the middle class. Creating pro-growth policies that help people achieve prosperity is the greatest role of government.

John Spiros

District 86

Biography

Current member of State Assembly, elected in 2012. Chairman of Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Vice Chair of Transportation, member of Joint Committee on Rules; previously elected to Marshfield Common Council 2005-2013; Veteran of US Air Force 79-85; Police Officer Texas, Rowlett and McKinney; has worked in the trucking industry since 1989.

What motivated you to run for public office?

Lowering taxes, and working to help our district and constituents.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

This is my 10th year being elected to the State Assembly plus 8 years of City Council experience.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Worker shortage in the workforce in all business segments. Continuing to work on programs to get workers back into the workforce.

Who are your political role models?

Ronald Reagan as he was the Commander in Chief when I served in the US Air Force.

State Senate

Sandra Scholz

District 23

Biography

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am a registered nurse of 30 years. I received my degree in Louisiana. I have been visiting Wisconsin for years, and became a permanent resident 13 years ago. I am married to a Wisconsinite, and all my family lives in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is very special to me. I love the people of Wisconsin.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I realized in 2020 that there was issues with our elections. I decided to stand up and get involved in fighting for our freedoms. I held a freedom rally, organized a protest, protested for healthcare workers, attended rallies at the capital for election and healthcare freedom, and went to the capital to discuss election integrity with Representatives. among other events. Because of my dedication to show up and support, I was asked to run for the senate seat. I prayed about it and The Lord said to run. I am being obedient . I realized that our representatives, at least the majority of them, do not listen to the people.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

I am a registered nurse of 30 years. I have been an advocate between a patient and doctor for all of those years. This is no different. I have never run for office. As I have journeyed throughout the state, I have learned so much, we all need to get involved and become educated on issues that are important to us. I have seen our representatives ignore the great people of Wisconsin and refuse to do the will of the people. I am willing to stand up and do the right thing. I think it time for us to have someone who is fresh and has listened to the people of Wisconsin, who has worked in Wisconsin and is connected with the people instead of those that have seemed to have forgotten about us.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

I believe the 2020 election is the most important issue that we are facing at this time. As I am knocking doors, attending events and just out and about, the majority of people that I have talked with believe that the past election was fraudulent and that their vote was cancelled by illegal activity. If we don't have the elected official in office that we voted for and we believe was to receive the office, then they are selected. I believe that if we don't have free elections then we are enslaved to dictatorship and selected individuals that will not represent the most important issues we face in Wisconsin. I would put forward a resolution to decertify the past election. It should have never been certified due to the WI Supreme Court ruling the ballot boxes were illegal and all ballots that were put in the boxes were null and void. I would eliminate WEC, the illegal ballot boxes, indefinitely confined voter status for everyone, the machines, tabulators and ebooks. I would place video cameras in all polling places with real time viewing.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

If elected, I would listen to the people. I will only be in office for 4 years. I do believe in term limits. I feel that we need people to stand up and represent us, and not become complacent in their role. I would do the right thing and represent the people. I am no better than anyone else. This position is to serve and not to be served. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and I will follow His leading. I will not bow to, "I will give you this, if you will give me that." In my opinion, that is what is wrong with our state, as well as with our country. We have allowed The Lord to be taken out of everything, and that isn't working out to well for us. I lived my plushy life and voted for who I thought would do a good job for us. I am to blame for not standing up and getting involved, as well as many others. Not anymore.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

My slogan is "It's not about me, it\'s about we." That's how I would do things differently. I will talk with the people of my area, get their opinion of situations that come up. I will pray about issues and decision that need to be made. I will consult the One True Living God for advice. I have never run for office before, and I believe that is exactly what we need. I will fight for our freedoms that are being stripped away from us day by day. That's what I would differently. You can't pay me enough to do what is being done to our state and our country.

Who are your political role models?

President Ronald Reagan, President Donald Trump, Governor Ron Desantis, Rep. Timothy Ramthun.

Brian Westrate

District 23

Biography

I was born and raised in Eau Claire before attending Bethel College in St. Paul where I earned a bachelor's degree in business and political science. After college I moved back home, married my high-school sweetheart, started a business, and then started a family. For the last 22 years in addition to being a husband, father, and business owner, I have been a conservative grassroots volunteer leader in Central Wisconsin serving in various roles within the Republican Party at the county, district, and state level. Those roles have included serving as the Eau Claire and 3rd District GOP Chairman, a national delegate to the Republican National Convention, Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, and I currently serves as the Treasurer for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In addition to my political volunteer roles I have served in many other volunteer roles in our community. I believe a life lived in service to others is a life well lived. When not at work or volunteering my wife and I love to watch our kids compete as student athletes. With any time I have left over I like to hunt whatever is in season, a passion I have passed on to our kids.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I have been a Constitutional conservative since I was 10 years old. For the last 22 years I have helped men and women win elections, some have been solid conservatives, while others have simply been Republicans who were better than the liberal choice on the other side. In 2020 when Governor Evers used his covid declaration of emergency to egregiously violate the Constitutional rights of our citizens and very few elected officials stood up to him, that was the last straw. I can think of no more important a role a member of the legislature can perform than the defense of the Constitutional rights of citizens, and yet we heard almost nothing out of the Republican controlled legislature. It is no longer enough to elect Republicans, we must elect Constitutional conservatives who will stand up and be counted when the rights of citizens are under attack. Additionally, I am running because government is too big, ineffective, and inefficient. For too long politicians have seen government as the solution, when it is more often the problem. I am a Constitutional conservative who will seek to limit government and restore prosperity. I ask for your vote in the August 9th Republican primary.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

I have been studying Constitutional government and Austrian economics my entire life. My education, experience, and the set of skills and connections I have developed during more than two decades of operating a small business while simultaneously fighting for liberty in the public square will all allow me to be effective on day one in Madison as I seek to limit the size and scope of government.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Our most pressing issue is hyper-inflation and a labor force that is currently unable to meet the demands of our business community. We need to remove state regulatory burdens from our marketplace so that the business community can operate more efficiently, and better meet the needs of their customers. Wisconsin should also set the example for Washington D.C. by cutting wasteful spending. In addition the state needs to stop paying able-bodied people not to work. This will help our business community hire enough staff to begin to grow us out of this economic malaise.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

I will govern differently because I am a different person with different experiences, knowledge, and priorities, and I will be governing in a different four-year period of time than my predecessor.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

I won't speak to the responsibilities or operations of the office in the past. I will tell you that if I am elected I will focus solely on governing in the best interests of the people of my district.

Who are your political role models?

George Washington because after winning the Revolutionary War he could have been king, and he didn't even want to be President. That's the sort of person we need serving in government. Thomas Jefferson because he did not allow purity of ideology to get in the way of significant accomplishment. Winston Churchill because he proved that the right leader makes all the difference in times of crisis. Ronald Reagan because he knew the power of persuasive speech.

Cory Tomczyk

District 29

Biography

I am a lifelong Central Wisconsinite. My wife Becky and I have two grown kids and three grandchildren. We've made our home and our living in the Mosinee area since 1988. Thirty-two years ago, while working full time on the second shift at Kolbe and Kolbe, I started IROW (Industrial Recyclers of Wisconsin). My wife and I know the value hard work, risk taking and perseverance. Together with our wonderful employees we nurtured what is now a thriving Central Wisconsin business. In 1998 IROW was the recipient of the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, "Small business of the Year Award". God has blessed me and my family. Consequently, I have been able to contribute time and treasure to local republican representatives and to local republican causes. But like someone who I admire deeply, Senator Ron Johnson, I decided that wasn't enough. I decided to run for office myself. And just like Senator Johnson has done for us in Washington DC, I promise to do the same, to bring honest business "know-how" and tenacious conservative principles to Madison, not just a bunch of political rhetoric!

What motivated you to run for public office?

I'm sick and tired of Republicans who, once elected, find a way to compromise and fail to act like conservatives once in office. I want reliability and someone who will stand their ground and fight, not "go along to get along".

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

59 years of life experiences. 39 years of marriage. 32 years of starting, running and growing a business. And probably the most important, not being an "experienced" or practiced politician.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

People are upset about the economy and election integrity. In the Senate I will work to reduce the expenses that the state places on its people. My mantra is "Spend less. Tax less. Regulate less." On election integrity I will support or author continued legislation to strengthen the electoral process. Voters can simply do this quicker by replacing Governor "Veto" Evers.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

I would be more visible in ALL areas of the district. I would have feedback teams in every county that I would look to for keeping me informed and current on the life issues facing the counties in my district.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

Other than being more accessible and visible, I wouldn't change anything right away.

Who are your political role models?

Ron Johnson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

Brent Jacobson

District 29

Biography

I was born and raised in Mosinee, WI, where I live today with my wife of nearly 7 years and our nearly 6 month old daughter. Since 2015, I have been honored to serve as Mayor of Mosinee. I have also served my constituents as a supervisor on the Marathon County Board. I have experience chairing a multi-jurisdictional fire and EMS department, chairing a planning commission and tourism commission, vice chairing the Marathon County Public Safety Committee, and serving on the Central Wisconsin Airport Board. Outside of public service, I am a small business owner and a full-time practicing attorney for over 12 years.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I was motivated to run for State Senate to ensure that the residents of Central and Northern Wisconsin continue to have common sense leadership in Madison. Unfortunately, over the last three plus years, Tony Evers' failed policies have ruined Wisconsin businesses, exacerbated a mental health crises, and make a mockery of public education. We can do better. That means not only replacing Tony Evers in November, but electing experienced, proven conservatives to the Legislature who will advance policies and craft legislation to get Wisconsin back on track. I have truly enjoyed my time serving at the local level, and I know that the lessons I have learned will serve us well as your next State Senator.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

I have experience in both the public and private sector, which I think is essential to being a good representative in Madison. As a locally elected official, I have gained a wealth of experience on issues facing our local cities, villages, and towns. As a county supervisor and through my committee work, I have gained a solid background on issues facing the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement. On the private sector side, I have learned the challenges of running a small business from taxes to regulations to government policies that affect hiring and retention. I know these life lessons will be put to good use as I work with colleagues in the Legislature to advance productive policies for local government and local businesses that will move Wisconsin forward.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

We have a qualified worker shortage. People are leaving our state for better economic environments. People are also taking advantage of the unemployment system. We can improve our economic environment by working toward eliminating the personal income tax. We are losing out to states like Florida that do not have a personal income tax. The personal income tax takes more money out of the pockets of hard working Wisconsinites that would put the dollars toward more economic activity. We can also address the worker shortage by eliminating fraud and abuse in the unemployment insurance system. We need increased audits, increased job search requirements, and increased re-training requirements. We also need to consider tying the duration of unemployment insurance benefits to regional jobs numbers.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

Senator Petrowski has served us very well as a member of the Senate and, previously, the Assembly for nearly 24 years. While there may be differences in areas of interest initially, which I believe is simply a factor of different backgrounds, I would not want to govern any differently. Speaking from personal experience, Senator Petrowski was always immediately responsive to his constituents, searched for common ground to advance good policy, and was never afraid or disinterested in taking the time and effort to learn a new area or new issue that was important to those he served. I would approach the job with the same attitude and determination.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

No. We have three branches of government - the executive, the judiciary, and legislature. When one attempts to do the job of the other, nothing good can come of it. Our framers crafted the structure of government we have after much deliberation, and our state followed its model because it works, even if frustrating at times.

Who are your political role models?

Ronald Reagan and Scott Walker. President Reagan brought a country back from desperation and laid the ground work for more prosperous times that followed. Further, he approached the job with a cool head and an eye toward the end goal. Governor Walker transformed Wisconsin for the better. Record low unemployment, billions saved following Act 10, historic tax cuts, and multiple investments in our economy. Speaking again from personal experience, he also never forgot about the little guy. He visited my small community numerous times while governor, and he was always listening and always engaged in the issues that mattered to us.

State Treasurer

Orlando Owens

Biography

Husband, Father of two, Minister, Business owner. Co-Founder of the Joseph Project which is a faith-based jobs program. I currently work for US Senator Ron Johnson, for the past 7 years. Being a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) grad from Morris Brown College of Business, I understand how economics work based on a credit and deficit basis to prioritize the allocation of funds to projects and initiatives that are working. Through my 20 years in economic and workforce development, I understand how to make an economy work better to meet the needs of our community on a much more personal level.

What motivated you to run for public office?

I am running to help rid Wisconsin of the Leftist policies and agenda that have brought us turmoil and hardship. I want to protect small Businesses, empower citizens, support school choice, and back law enforcement to protect the state I love. I want to help the people. To give the people a government that is small, but responsive to the people.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

Being a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) grad from Morris Brown College of Business, I understand how economics work based on a credit and deficit basis to prioritize the allocation of funds to projects and initiatives that are working. Through my 20 years in economic and workforce development, I understand how to make an economy work better to meet the needs of our community on a much more personal level. I currently work for US Senator Ron Johnson, for the past 7 years, which I reviewed program dollars and the impact of those dollars mainly from the HUD department on the Federal level as those funds are allocated to local governments in Wisconsin. I am also one the Co-Founders of the Joseph Project.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

Workforce and Crime. I would address these through the Joseph Project, I am co-founder, which helps people find great paying jobs, I support Law enforcement, but the court system has to change. I am open to supporting local law enforcement with funding from the Board of Land Commissions, which the Treasurer sits also as 1 vote of 3.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

Yes, I would govern in a way that serves the people first and gives government back to the people. I will be hands-on leader.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

Just return the original duties of the position, not expand. I will focus on Workforce Development, Economic Development and Transparency in government.

Who are your political role models?

Clarence Thomas, Ronald Reagan, W Bush, Herman Cain, Trump, Ron Johnson

United States Congress

Tom Tiffany

District 7

Biography

Tom Tiffany has deep roots in Wisconsin. He grew up on a dairy farm in Elmwood, Wisconsin, received an agricultural degree from UW-River Falls and went on to be a successful small business owner. He and his wife Chris owned and operated Wilderness Cruises in Wisconsin's beautiful Northwoods for twenty years, and he served as the damtender on the Willow Flowage for twenty-nine years. Tom was first elected in May of 2020 in a special election and currently serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on the Judiciary.

What motivated you to run for public office?

Tom believes that the same common-sense that defines northern and western Wisconsin is sorely needed in Washington DC. Over the past two years we have seen the disastrous effects that one party rule in Washington DC has had on Wisconsin and the nation. The product being record inflation, record crime, and record illegal immigration that has crippled Wisconsin families. Tom is running to offer real solutions to these problems, and he knows taking power from unelected bureaucrats in the Washington, DC "Swamp" and restoring freedom to the people is how we restore the American Dream, prosperity, and happiness for all.

What skills, interests, and experiences have prepared you to be effective in the office that you are seeking?

As a former state legislator, small business owner, and current Member of Congress Tom has demonstrated time and again that he has the skills and experience it takes to be an effective conservative legislator.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing our state and what would you do to address it if elected?

An issue of top importance is securing our Southern Border and stopping the flow of terrorists, human traffickers, and dangerous drugs such as Fentanyl that is showing up in our backyard here in Northern Wisconsin. For reference, last year, the United States recorded its highest number of drug overdoses, totaling over 100,000 deaths. Tom has visited the Southern Border and the infamous Darien Gap in Panama to better understand how to solve the border crisis. If elected Tom will work to reinstate Trump-era polices such as remain in Mexico and will work to finish the border wall.

If elected, how would you govern differently than your predecessor; if you are reelected would you change anything from your most recent term?

When reelected we hope that Republicans will have the majority in Congress and that Nancy Pelosi will also be retired from her role as Speaker of the House. When this happens Tom will shift from simply blocking terrible policy from being passed by the Democrats to going on the offensive. This will include holding hearings on the gross offenses of the January 6th committee and of course on the wrong doings of Hunter Biden. Tom will also work to unleash America's energy independence and grow industry here at home.

If elected, would you seek to significantly alter the responsibilities of the office or how it has traditionally operated in the past? And if so how?

When reelected Tom will operate as a Member of Congress has been constitutionally called to.