Endorsements

Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Wisconsin Conservation Voters envisions a healthy, beautiful Wisconsin for all to enjoy forever. To achieve that, Wisconsin Conservation Voters advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-conservation candidates who will champion our priority issues. Wisconsin Conservation Voters is committed to ensuring who we are and who we work with reflects the state as a whole.

State Senate

State Senator, District 04

State Senator, District 06

State Senator, District 10

State Senator, District 16

State Senator, District 24

State Senator, District 26

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 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 09

State Representative, District 10

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 18

State Representative, District 19

State Representative, District 20

State Representative, District 21

State Representative, District 23

State Representative, District 24

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 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 43

State Representative, District 45

State Representative, District 46

State Representative, District 47

State Representative, District 49

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 57

State Representative, District 63

  • Joel Jacobsen is challenging Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for the second time to improve access to healthcare, protect the environment, and lower the middle class tax burden. Jacobsen believes in Medicaid expansion, fully funding public schools, investing in technical colleges, and investing in renewable energy. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has been largely responsible for creating partisan gridlock in Madison. He is responsible for the laws passed in the 2018 lame duck session, the weakening of what once were landmark environmental protection regulations, the failure of the Assembly to respond adequately to the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting economic crisis, and much more. Jacobsen is the more progressive choice.

    Joel Jacobsen

    Joel Jacobsen is challenging Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for the second time to improve access to healthcare, protect the environment, and lower the middle class tax burden.

State Representative, District 64

  • Democrat
  • Assemblyman Tip McGuire has helped introduce multiple pieces of important progressive legislation in his first term. He was one of the co-sponsors of the Healthcare Heroes Act, which would provide paid sick leave, hazard pay, and no-cost COVID-19 healthcare coverage for frontline healthcare workers. His first piece of legislation as an Assembly member was to close the Dark Store Loophole. Medicaid expansion has also been a top priority for McGuire. He has proposed legislation providing funding for police body cameras, addressing unemployment disbursement issues, and providing loans for homeowners to prevent eviction. His opponent is Republican candidate Ed Hibsch. McGuire is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Tip McGuire

    Assemblyman Tip McGuire has helped introduce multiple pieces of important progressive legislation in his first term.

State Representative, District 65

  • Democrat
  • Tod Ohnstad was elected to represent workers at AMC/Chrysler for the UAW for 25 years and has since been elected to represent the citizens of the 65th District for 8 years. His priorities are healthcare, education, and tax fairness. He has sponsored bills on those issues and others, including LGBTQ+ rights, environmental protection, criminal justice, and union rights. His opponent is Republican challenger Crystal Miller.  Ohnstad is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Tod Ohnstad

    Tod Ohnstad was elected to represent workers at AMC/Chrysler for the UAW for 25 years and has since been elected to represent the citizens of the 65th District for 8 years. His priorities are healthcare, education, and tax fairness.

State Representative, District 66

State Representative, District 67

State Representative, District 68

State Representative, District 71

State Representative, District 72

State Representative, District 73

  • Democrat
  • Democrat Nick Milroy is a Navy veteran with a background in fisheries and biology, and a record of being a strong adovacte for conservation, hunting and fishing. He's gotten bills passed under both Republican and Democratice administrations as a legislator while also standing up for progressive ideas, opposing Republican efforts to limit collective bargaining, and supporting reproductive freedom and racial equity. His opponent, City Counselor Keith Kern, who became a Republican after the 2016 election, most recently was the only City Counselor to oppose a mask requirement for the City of Superior. Kern is the Local Director of the powerful Tavern League, which has urged bars to reopen. Milroy is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Nick Milroy

    Democrat Nick Milroy is a Navy veteran with a background in fisheries and biology, and a record of being a strong adovacte for conservation, hunting and fishing.

State Representative, District 74

  • Democrat
  • Beth Meyers worked for a non-profit that served senior citizens in northern Wisconsin before her election to the State Assembly. This experience has helped her become a leader in the legislature on aging and long term care, supporting policies like lowering the cost of prescription drugs, stepping up inspections of nursing homes during the pandemic, and cracking down on fraud. She has advocated for fair elections, college affordability, and environmental preservation. She is a union supporter who favors a minimum wage increase, and reinstating collective bargaining rights for state employees. Her opponent, businessman James Bolen, has tied himself to former Governor Scott Walker, and holds many of the same damaging positions as Walker. In contrast to Meyers, who is an ardent supporter of BadgerCare expansion, Bolen opposes accepting federal money to expand access, saying that he views BadgerCare as sufficient. Beth Meyers is the more progressive candidate in this race.

    Beth Meyers

    Beth Meyers worked for a non-profit that served senior citizens in northern Wisconsin before her election to the State Assembly.

State Representative, District 75

  • School counselor John Ellenson is running to overcome partisan polarization and fight to expand healthcare, rebuild infrastructure, protect the environment, and preserve the American dream. Ellenson believes that the foundation of a working family is jobs, healthcare, and housing. Ellenson is opposed to corporate giveaways and believes in Medicaid expansion and BadgerCare buy-in. He also supports affordable housing tax credits and pledges to ensure that more tax dollars flow to Northernwestern Wisconsin. Broadband expansion, confronting climate change, and fair maps are also among Ellenson's priorities. His opponent, Dave Armstrong, is pro-life and endorsed by a right wing group that wants to outlaw abortion. Ellenson is the more progressive choice.

    John Ellenson

    School counselor John Ellenson is running to overcome partisan polarization and fight to expand healthcare, rebuild infrastructure, protect the environment, and preserve the American dream. Ellenson believes that the foundation of a working family is jobs, healthcare, and housing.

State Representative, District 77

State Representative, District 78

State Representative, District 79

  • Assemblywoman Dianne Hesselbein is the Assistant Democratic Leader. Her values include reproductive rights, protecting Wisconsin's natural resources, and supporting working peoples' rights to unionize and bargain collectively. Hesselbein supports Medicaid Expansion and a science-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her opponent, Republican Victoria Fueger has opposed mask-wearing. Hesselbein is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Dianne Hesselbein

    Assemblywoman Dianne Hesselbein is the Assistant Democratic Leader. Her values include reproductive rights, protecting Wisconsin's natural resources, and supporting working peoples' rights to unionize and bargain collectively.

State Representative, District 80

State Representative, District 81

State Representative, District 82

  • 22 year old Jacob Malinowski is running for Assembly to be a more accessible and empathetic representative than he feels has been representing his hometown. His priorities for this term would be expanding the Wisconsin GI bill, covering more seniors on SeniorCare, reducing the gas tax, funding a mental health counselor for all school districts, and making technical college free for high school graduates. He also believes in a $15 per hour minimum wage, nonpartisan redistricting, and closing the Dark Store Loophole that shifts property taxes onto homeowners. His opponent, Ken Skowronski, opposes common sense gun violence prevention laws, is against a woman's right to choose, and in favor of taxpayer funded private school vouchers. Malinowski is the more progressive choice.

    Jacob Malinowski

    22 year old Jacob Malinowski is running for Assembly to be a more accessible and empathetic representative than he feels has been representing his hometown.

State Representative, District 88