Waukesha County

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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 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 13

State Representative

Representative, District 14

State Representative

Representative, District 15

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 24

State Representative

Representative, District 33

State Representative

  • 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.

Representative, District 38

State Representative

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.


Representative, District 97

State Representative

  • Democrat
  • City of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry believes in changing the public school funding model, nonpartisan redistricting, and gun violence prevention laws like universal background checks and red flag laws. Perry also believes that healthcare is a human right and that there need to be changes to the tax code to assist the middle class, the elderly, and entrepreneurs. He believes that state leaders have too often passed the buck on taxes to municipalities and counties. Perry was once a Republican but became a Democrat because of his distaste for what the party has become since 2016. Incumbent Republican Scott Allen is anti-choice, in favor of voucher programs, against gun violence prevention laws, and wants to reduce taxes and regulations. Allen, who is white, attempted to pass his own resolution commemorating Black History Month that cited mostly white abolitionists instead of a resolution authored by members of the legislature's Black Caucus. Perry is the more progressive choice.

    Aaron Perry

    City of Waukesha Alderman Aaron Perry believes in changing the public school funding model, nonpartisan redistricting, and gun violence prevention laws like universal background checks and red flag laws.

Representative, District 98

State Representative

No Good Choices

Incumbent Republican Rep. Adam Neylon is running unopposed. Neylon is anti-choice, against gun violence prevention laws, in favor of taxpayer funded private school vouchers, and believes in smaller government. There are is no progressive candidate in this race.


Representative, District 99

State Representative

No Good Choices

Incumbent Republican Rep. Cindi Duchow is running unopposed. She describes herself as "very conservative." Duchow has also responded poorly to the COVID-19 crisis, applauding the end of the Stay at Home order and receiving a forgivable PPP loan for her business after writing a letter to the congressional delegation opposing aid to states. There is no progressive choice in this race.