Endorsements

WI AFL-CIO

WI AFL-CIO

We are the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. Representing union members in the state of Wisconsin, we fight for social and economic justice for all people. We are a democratically elected body dedicated to representing the interests of all working people at the state and local level. As the labor movement, we fight to raise wages, improve workplace safety, protect worker freedom to collectively bargain and for strong contracts that build strong communities. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

State Senate

State Senator, District 04

State Senator, District 06

State Senator, District 08

  • Small business owner and substitute teacher Neal Plotkin is challenging longtime Senator Alberta Darling. Plotkin's priorities include fighting for fair legislative maps, investing in public schools, and improving public infrastructure. He has expressed his support for science based approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Gov. Evers' mask mandate. His opponent, Alberta Darling, has been instrumental in suppressing progressive priorities as the powerful Co-Chair of the Joint Finance Committee. With her hold on the Wisconsin's purse strings, she has done the bidding of monied special interests. She has supported voter suppression, opposed Badgercare expansion, and declined to adequately fund for public schools. In her time as an elected official, she has become far more conservative on choice and gun violence prevention, following her party to the right. She is partially responsible for Republican inaction during the ongoing pandemic and called for the legislature to reconvene to strike down Governor Evers' mask mandate. Plotkin is the more progressive choice.

    Neal Plotkin

    Small business owner and substitute teacher Neal Plotkin is challenging longtime Senator Alberta Darling. Plotkin's priorities include fighting for fair legislative maps, investing in public schools, and improving public infrastructure.

State Senator, District 10

State Senator, District 12

State Senator, District 14

State Senator, District 16

State Senator, District 22

  • Bob Wirch has served 6 terms in the Wisconsin State Senate and is up for re-election to his 7th term. Wirch favors raising the minimum wage, requiring body cameras for police officers, and expanding BadgerCare. He is also in favor of the Governor's mask mandate. He is unopposed.

    Robert Wirch

    Bob Wirch has served 6 terms in the Wisconsin State Senate and is up for re-election to his 7th term. Wirch favors raising the minimum wage, requiring body cameras for police officers, and expanding BadgerCare. He is also in favor of the Governor's mask mandate. He is unopposed.

State Senator, District 24

State Senator, District 26

State Senator, District 28

  • Democrat
  • Entrepreneur Adam Murphy describes himself as moderate and practical. He favors non-partisan redistricting and separating insurance from employment while making health care a basic American right. He strives to be anti-racist and supports labor unions and collective bargaining. Murphy is running against former GOP Chairman Julian Bradley. Bradley is strongly anti-choice, supports strict voter ID, opposes common sense gun reforms, and believes that the state needs to roll back public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Adam Murphy is the progressive choice in this race.

    Adam Murphy

    Entrepreneur Adam Murphy describes himself as moderate and practical. He favors non-partisan redistricting and separating insurance from employment while making health care a basic American right. He strives to be anti-racist and supports labor unions and collective bargaining.

State Senator, District 30

State Senator, District 32

  • Democrat
  • Brad Pfaff grew up on a dairy farm in Western Wisconsin and continues to farm today. He has a son with diabetes, protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and getting the cost of drugs like insulin down are personal for him. Pfaff knows there are many people willing to work hard but who college isn’t the right path for. He’ll push for funding to bring more job training programs and invest in technical colleges. Pfaff is pro-choice and has called for more investment in education. Republican candidate Dan Kapanke served in the Senate before being recalled in 2011. His tenure was marked by votes that favored his corporate donors. He has also been a subject of multiple ethics scandals, including using taxpayer resources to staff a campaign event and using money from a charity foundation to pay down personal debts. Kapanke has voted for corporate tax cuts and defunding BadgerCare and supported repealing the law that protects people with pre-existing conditions.  He also favors repealing the Affordable Care Act. He is anti-choice and has been endorsed by right wing groups that want to outlaw abortion. Brad Pfaff is more progressive than Dan Kapanke.

    Brad Pfaff

    Brad Pfaff grew up on a dairy farm in Western Wisconsin and continues to farm today. He has a son with diabetes, protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and getting the cost of drugs like insulin down are personal for him.

State Assembly

State Representative, District 01

  • Small business owner Kim Delorit Jenson is running for Assembly to represent the citizens of District 1, rather than special interests and large corporations. Although she describes herself as "closer to a Reagan than a Sanders," the first-time candidate has some progressive positions. She is calling for a public option to address healthcare accessibility and affordability, nonpartisan redistricting, and environmental protection. One of the main differences that Delorit Jensen cites between herself and her opponent is her support for small organic farms, as compared to Kitchens' support of large industrial farms. Delorit Jensen is the more progressive choice.

    Kim Delorit Jensen

    Small business owner Kim Delorit Jenson is running for Assembly to represent the citizens of District 1, rather than special interests and large corporations. Although she describes herself as "closer to a Reagan than a Sanders," the first-time candidate has some progressive positions.

State Representative, District 02

  • Democrat
  • Mark Kiley is running to unseat Assemblyman Shae Sortwell. Although Kiley has not taken as many explicit or specific stances as some other candidates, he is concerned about groundwater, supports renewable energy, intends to fully fund public education, and believes infrastructure investments are needed. Sortwell is extremely conservative and has flouted expert opinions on the coronavirus. His radical ideology extends to his professional comportment. In one notable incident, Sortwell displayed his gun to a Democratic legislative aide in another legislator's office, where guns were not permitted. Kiley is the more progressive choice.

    Mark Kiley

    Mark Kiley is running to unseat Assemblyman Shae Sortwell.

State Representative, District 03

  • As the parent of two children with autism who rely on BadgerCare, Emily Voight found that when she needed assistance, her state representative was dismissive and unhelpful. She has decided to run for the office herself. Voight is in favor of expanding BadgerCare, raising the minimum wage, and nonpartisan redistricting. She believes that the Assembly should be listening to science and taking action in response to the pandemic. Her opponent, Ron Tusler, most recently made the news for posting a racist meme. Tusler is also endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life, a right wing group that wants to outlaw abortion, and has consistently supported legislation that limits access to reproductive care. Voight is the more progressive choice.

    Emily Voight

    As the parent of two children with autism who rely on BadgerCare, Emily Voight found that when she needed assistance, her state representative was dismissive and unhelpful. She has decided to run for the office herself.

State Representative, District 04

State Representative, District 07

  • Daniel Riemer is running unopposed. Nevertheless, he is the progressive choice in this race. First elected to the Assembly in 2012, Riemer has been a vocal advocate for BadgerCare expansion and a science-based response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Daniel Riemer

    Daniel Riemer is running unopposed. Nevertheless, he is the progressive choice in this race. First elected to the Assembly in 2012, Riemer has been a vocal advocate for BadgerCare expansion and a science-based response to the coronavirus pandemic.

State Representative, District 08

  • Milwaukee County Supervisor and former small business owner Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is running on a relatively progressive platform. She supports increased funding for public transportation and infrastructure, legalizing medical marijuana, tackling the opioid crisis, and redrawing fair maps. Ortiz-Velez is also advocating for making drivers licenses accessible to undocumented people, expanding BadgerCare, and investing in public education. Her opponent, Republican candidate Angel Sanchez, was endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin.Ortiz-Velez is the progressive choice.

    Sylvia Ortiz-Velez

    Milwaukee County Supervisor and former small business owner Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is running on a relatively progressive platform. She supports increased funding for public transportation and infrastructure, legalizing medical marijuana, tackling the opioid crisis, and redrawing fair maps.

State Representative, District 09

State Representative, District 10

State Representative, District 11

  • Democrat
  • Dora Drake will be a progressive advocate for residents of the 11th Assembly District. In her professional life, Drake works to support people who are re-entering society. She has also emphasized adequate funding of re-entry services in her campaign. Her other priorities include investing in education to eliminate achievement gaps, ensuring workers are paid a living wage, and supporting small businesses and essential workers through the pandemic. Drake is facing Republican Orlando Owens. Drake is the progressive choice in this race.

    Dora Drake

    Dora Drake will be a progressive advocate for residents of the 11th Assembly District. In her professional life, Drake works to support people who are re-entering society. She has also emphasized adequate funding of re-entry services in her campaign.

State Representative, District 12

  • Assemblywoman LaKeshia Myers is running for her second term as the Assembly Rep for the 12th District. The former educator prides herself on her constituent services and has worked towards lowering prescription drug prices and expanding opportunities for student teachers while serving in the Assembly. Improving healthcare, investing in education, and addressing gun violence are among the issues that she intends to continue fighting for. Her Republican opponent, Ozell Cox, is a strong supporter of taxpayer funded school vouchers and is anti-choice. Myers is the progressive choice in this race.

    LaKeshia Myers

    Assemblywoman LaKeshia Myers is running for her second term as the Assembly Rep for the 12th District.

State Representative, District 13

State Representative, District 14

State Representative, District 15

State Representative, District 16

State Representative, District 17

State Representative, District 18

State Representative, District 19

State Representative, District 20

State Representative, District 21

State Representative, District 23

State Representative, District 24

State Representative, District 26

  • Retired tenant's rights lawyer and local elected official Mary Lynne Donohue would be a progressive legislator in the Assembly. The top issue that is driving Donohue's campaign is fair maps and the end of gerrymandering. She is also in favor of legalizing marijuana and ending mass incarceration. Donohue supports expanding Medicaid and would like to see more action from the WI legislature on coronavirus relief. Incumbent Assemblyman Katsma's top priorities include lowering taxes and opposing a woman's right to choose. Katsma is also endorsed by the NRA. Donohue is the progressive choice in this race.

    Mary Lynne Donohue

    Retired tenant's rights lawyer and local elected official Mary Lynne Donohue would be a progressive legislator in the Assembly. The top issue that is driving Donohue's campaign is fair maps and the end of gerrymandering. She is also in favor of legalizing marijuana and ending mass incarceration.

State Representative, District 29

  • John Calabrese is running on a bold, progressive platform. The woodworker has made fighting big money in politics one of his top issues. He also favors a BadgerCare for All healthcare system, repealing Act 10, restoring local control, and strengthening environmental protection and enforcement. His opponent, Republican Clint Moses, does not have a detailed platform available, as evidenced by his position on his website on Gun/Property Rights: "We all understand the importance of this."  Moses has been endorsed by the NRA, Wisconsin Right to Life, and Pro-Life Wisconsin. Calabrese is the more progressive choice

    John Calabrese

    John Calabrese is running on a bold, progressive platform. The woodworker has made fighting big money in politics one of his top issues. He also favors a BadgerCare for All healthcare system, repealing Act 10, restoring local control, and strengthening environmental protection and enforcement.

State Representative, District 30

  • Former District Attorney Sarah Yacoub's platform is simple: Healthy People, Healthy Economy. She believes in expanding Medicaid and creating a BadgerCare public option, while exploring a BadgerCare for All model. Mental health and addiction are also top priorities for Yacoub, which would mean expanding opioid treatment options, and improving access to mental health and addiction treatment. She also favors fully funding public schools, nonpartisan redistricting, enacting paid family leave, supporting affordable childcare, and more. Yacoub has progressive policies to meet every issue facing the 30th district. Also in the race is Republican incumbent Shannon Zimmerman, who was on the Joint Committee on Finance, which considers the state budget. He was a key opponent of Governor Evers' effort to expand Medicaid and increase education funding. Yacoub is the progressive choice in this race.

    Sarah Yacoub

    Former District Attorney Sarah Yacoub's platform is simple: Healthy People, Healthy Economy. She believes in expanding Medicaid and creating a BadgerCare public option, while exploring a BadgerCare for All model.

State Representative, District 31

  • Longtime teacher Elizabeth Lochner-Abel is running for Assembly to represent the rural community that she has served for 37 years. She wants to expand Medicaid and ensure every Wisconsin student gets a quality education by reducing class sizes, equipping classrooms with adequate supplies, and enable districts to recruit and retain quality teachers. She also believes in investing in rural communities by expanding broadband access, repairing critical infrastructure, and supporting farmers. Protecting natural resources is also a value that Lochner-Abel cherishes. She is facing long-time Assemblywoman Amy Loudenbeck. Although Loudenbeck has talked about public health and health care, she has opposed expanding BadgerCare, criticized Gov. Evers' Safer at Home orders and has been a part of the GOP Assembly majority that has not taken action since April on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. While she talks about public health, her actions in the legislature have prevented Wisconsinites from accessing health insurance. Although Lochner-Abel's stances are not as progressive as some other legislative candidates across the state, she is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Elizabeth Lochner-Abel

    Longtime teacher Elizabeth Lochner-Abel is running for Assembly to represent the rural community that she has served for 37 years.

State Representative, District 32

  • Dr. Katherine Gaulke's first priority is affordable healthcare, achieved through the reduction of prescription drug prices and healthcare premiums. She has an extensive list of additional priorities, including curbing mass incarceration, legalizing marijuana, increasing funding for schools, particularly special education programs, enacting non-partisan redistricting, preventing gun violence, protecting reproductive healthcare, and achieving racial equity. Her opponent, Tyler August, is a conservative Republican who favors deregulation, shrinking government and stigmatizing welfare access through excessive barriers to access. August also opposes reforms that would prevent gun violence. Gaulke is the progressive choice in this race.

    Katherine Gaulke

    Dr. Katherine Gaulke's first priority is affordable healthcare, achieved through the reduction of prescription drug prices and healthcare premiums.

State Representative, District 33

  • Fort Atkinson City Councilman and small business owner Mason Becker says that he is running to put working families ahead of partisanship and special interests. He supports Medicaid expansion, local control of natural resources, fully funding public schools while holding voucher and charter schools to the same standards as public schools, legalizing marijuana, and eliminating caps on local taxes so that communities can shift the burden away from high property taxes. He faces incumbent Cody Horlacher. According to Horlacher himself, "a vote for Cody Horlacher is a vote for conservative principles." Horlacher is an NRA supporter and has opposed common sense measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. Mason Becker is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Mason Becker

    Fort Atkinson City Councilman and small business owner Mason Becker says that he is running to put working families ahead of partisanship and special interests.

State Representative, District 34

  • Minocqua business leader Kirk Bangstad is running because he believes that strong values inform good policies and that those values are lacking in the state legislature. Bangstad believes in expanding Medicaid, creating a BadgerCare public option, and ultimately transitioning to BadgerCare for All. He believes that a living wage for all is achievable through a $15 minimum wage, a clean energy economy, and increasing broadband access. Bangstad also supports nonpartisan redistricting, ending mass incarceration, decriminalizing recreational marijuana, directing public funding exclusively to public education, and eventually making technical colleges and 4-year colleges tuition-free. Assemblyman Rob Swearingen is in favor of deregulation and has failed to listen to experts and scientists during the pandemic. He was among the legislators who forced Wisconsinites to choose between their vote and risking their health in the April election and is opposed to the mask mandate. Bangstad is the progressive choice.

    Kirk Bangstad

    Minocqua business leader Kirk Bangstad is running because he believes that strong values inform good policies and that those values are lacking in the state legislature.

State Representative, District 35

  • Lifelong District 35 resident Tyler Ruprecht decided to run for Assembly because he did not see anyone else stepping up to provide the leadership he felt was necessary for the 35th AD. On healthcare, Ruprecht stands for expanding BadgerCare and creating a BadgerCare public option while eliminating deductibles and improving rural hospitals. He also believes in raising the minimum wage, ending CAFO subsidies, legalizing marijuana, nonpartisan redistricting, expanding broadband access, and promoting clean water and clean energy. His opponent, Calvin Callahan, is opposed to red-flag gun violence prevention laws, is anti-choice, and believes that the free market will solve Wisconsin's healthcare problems. Ruprecht is the progressive choice in this race.

    Tyler Ruprecht

    Lifelong District 35 resident Tyler Ruprecht decided to run for Assembly because he did not see anyone else stepping up to provide the leadership he felt was necessary for the 35th AD.

State Representative, District 37

State Representative, District 38

State Representative, District 39

  • Izzy Hassey Nevarez is running for Assembly with an emphasis on local issues and local solutions. He believes that healthcare is a right, that tax dollars should fund public schools, and that medical and recreational marijuana should be legalized. Hassey Nevarez favors Medicaid expansion, fair maps, and a science-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbent Republican Mark Born votes consistently with Republican legislative leaders, including for a health care law that created large loopholes for insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Hassey Nevarez is the progressive choice.

    Izzy Hassey Nevarez

    Izzy Hassey Nevarez is running for Assembly with an emphasis on local issues and local solutions. He believes that healthcare is a right, that tax dollars should fund public schools, and that medical and recreational marijuana should be legalized.

State Representative, District 41

  • Democrat Nate Zimdars is focused on the rural issues that most affect his constituents. As a member of a farming family, Zimdars is focused on supporting the agricultural community as it has contended with changing weather patterns, trade wars, and declining prices. He also prioritizes improving rural infrastructure by improving roads, preserving clean water, and expanding broadband access. Zimdars' third priority is ensuring that everyone has access to affordable healthcare. His opponent, Alex Dallman, is anti-choice and opposed to gun violence prevention legislation. Zimdars is the progressive choice in this race.

    Nate Zimdars

    Democrat Nate Zimdars is focused on the rural issues that most affect his constituents. As a member of a farming family, Zimdars is focused on supporting the agricultural community as it has contended with changing weather patterns, trade wars, and declining prices.

State Representative, District 42

State Representative, District 43

State Representative, District 44

State Representative, District 45

State Representative, District 46

State Representative, District 47

State Representative, District 48

State Representative, District 49

State Representative, District 50

State Representative, District 51

  • Farmer and small business owner Kriss Marion is running to unseat Assembly Representative Todd Novak in the 51st District. Marion would be an advocate for rural issues. She believes we must expand BadgerCare in Wisconsin so that our rural hospitals, which are struggling desperately as a result of the pandemic, can be reimbursed adequately for services provided to the poor and the elderly. Marion will fight to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and to bring down skyrocketing prescription prices.She is committed to environmental protection and was named whistleblower of the year for her efforts on the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to ensure the release of studies on groundwater pollution that other politicians were trying to hide from the press and the public. Her opponent, incumbent Todd Novak, has branded himself as an independent legislator. However, he rarely bucks his party when it counts and holds a number of extremely conservative positions. He has voted for Republican budgets, favors private school vouchers, and voted for making Wisconsin a right-to-work state. Novak has taken big contributions from out-of-state pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, and voted against capping the price of insulin. Novak has also abused his position as mayor of Dodgeville. Three sources claim that Novak was drunk at a local event and after being warned he shouldn't drive home said, "It doesn't matter because I have a Mayoral Pass. I won't get into trouble." Kriss Marion is the progressive choice.

    Kriss Marion

    Farmer and small business owner Kriss Marion is running to unseat Assembly Representative Todd Novak in the 51st District. Marion would be an advocate for rural issues.

State Representative, District 54

State Representative, District 55

  • Democrat
  • Longtime union leader Dan Schierl is running on a platform of social justice, changing school funding formulas, supporting small business, closing the Dark Store Loophole, and ending corporate tax giveaways. He also supports a referendum on marijuana legalization, expanding BadgerCare, and overturning Citizens United via a constitutional amendment. His opponent, Rachael Cabral-Guevara, is a pro-life fiscal conservative who supports welfare reform. Dan Schierl is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Dan Schierl

    Longtime union leader Dan Schierl is running on a platform of social justice, changing school funding formulas, supporting small business, closing the Dark Store Loophole, and ending corporate tax giveaways.