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Election Day is Tuesday, November 3!

The Wisconsin Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Absentee ballots must be received by your municipal clerk by Tuesday, November 3 at 8PM. Vote in every race on your ballot, then share this guide with your friends and family!

State Senate

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

State Senator, District 04

State Senator

State Senator, District 06

State Senator

State Senator, District 08

State Senator

  • 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 28

State Senator

  • 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 Assembly

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Assembly races on your ballot.

Representative, District 07

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 08

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 09

State Representative

Representative, District 10

State Representative

Representative, District 11

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 12

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 13

State Representative

Representative, District 14

State Representative

Representative, District 15

State Representative

Representative, District 16

State Representative

Representative, District 17

State Representative

Representative, District 18

State Representative

Representative, District 19

State Representative

Representative, District 20

State Representative

Representative, District 21

State Representative

Representative, District 22

State Representative

No Good Choices

There are no progressive choice in this race. Brandtjen's top priorities are the right to bear arms, taxpayer funded private school vouchers, lowering taxes, and opposing a woman's right to choose. She is running unopposed.


Representative, District 23

State Representative

Representative, District 24

State Representative

Representative, District 82

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 83

State Representative

No Good Choices

Democratic candidate Alan DeYoung describes himself as a moderate, fiscally conservative, pro-business Democrat. Incumbent Chuck Wichgers is a right wing, anti-reproductive health care extremist who helped a group that advocates for the death penalty for women who have had an abortion hold a meeting in the State Capitol. Wichgers is also outspoken in his opposition to requiring vaccines for childhood diseases like mumps and measles. While DeYoung would likely be less regressive than Wichgers, there is no genuinely progressive option in this race.


Representative, District 84

State Representative

No Good Choices

Assemblyman Mike Kuglitsch is running unopposed. Kuglitsch has supported voter ID laws that make it difficult for primarily low-income and BIPOC individuals to vote, concealed carry, and wants to eliminate environmental regulations around mining. There is no progressive choice in this race.