Two important contests on state ballot

By Judy Gasper for the Republican Party of Sheboygan County

The snow banks that line our streets do not change the fact that the spring elections will take place on April 2nd. The low level of interest in these non-partisan elections is unfortunate, because the stakes are high, especially in the state-wide elections.

There are two very important contests on the ballot. In the most important race, current Supreme Court Justice Pat (Patience) Roggensack is facing a challenge by Ed Fallone. Justice Roggensack has not weighed in on partisan issues; however, as she views her role as that of a neutral referee and avoids legislating from the bench, she is viewed as a conservative judge. After receiving her law degree from UW in 1980 and practicing law for 16 years, she was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996, was re-elected in 2002, and was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2003. She is the first and only justice to have served on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She frequently lectures at the UW and Marquette Law Schools. She has been endorsed by both Democrat and Republican sheriffs and police associations throughout the state.

Ed Fallone, a graduate of Boston College Law School, practices law with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, specializing in civil litigation. He has also taught courses at Marquette Law School for twenty years. He has no judicial experience. He signed the Walker recall petition and frequently blogs for left-leaning causes, opposing voter ID laws and tax cuts and supporting gay marriage and “full access” to government funded abortion and birth control. He stated in a Marquette interview, “I think that it is appropriate to blog on political issues because it is no longer possible to maintain any significant separation between the political and the legal realms."

To those of us who believe that the courts are for interpreting the laws of the land and not legislating from the bench, Judge Roggensack is the obvious choice.

The other state-wide race on the ballot is for State Superintendent of Schools. That race pits current Superintendent Tony Evers against Don Pridemore, Republican state assemblyman for district 22. Prior to being elected to the assembly in 2004, Don served in the US Air Force, graduated from Marquette University with an electrical engineering degree, and worked as an electronics design engineer, research technician, and senior project manager. Don believes that most public employee unions and the educational establishment have a vested interest in protecting the failing status quo at great cost to the taxpayer. His campaign advocates returning the control of schools to local school boards and encouraging innovation through virtual schools and the expansion of the voucher program. He opposes the centralized control of the educational system and the imposition of a “common core,” one size fits all, curriculum.

Tony Evers has spent his career in the public school system as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent. He advocates increasing the funding for schools and opposes Act 10, which shifts power from the state education bureaucracy and the union to the local school board. He opposes the expansion of competition to the public school system in the form of vouchers, and supports centralized control of education and a “common core” curriculum. As our schools continue down the slippery slope of political correctness, white privilege theory, and centralized control, too many of our children are not receiving the education they need to succeed in the real world of work. DPI is not working under Tony Evers. Don Pridemore is the obvious choice for Superintendent of Schools.

Make sure you know the candidates, and then vote on April 2nd.

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