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Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney Endorses Mahlon Mitchell for Governor PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Mahlon Mitchell Press   
Friday, 08 December 2017 18:55

police-officersFirst Law Enforcement Endorsement in Race for Governor.


MADISON - Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney announced his support Friday for Mahlon Mitchell in his campaign for governor. Mahoney has served as Dane County Sheriff since 2006. The Dane County Sheriff’s office is the 4th largest law enforcement agency in the state of Wisconsin.

“It’s time for change in Wisconsin. That’s why I’m supporting Mahlon Mitchell for governor,” Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said. “He has shown the leadership that we need to move Wisconsin forward, and he has always stood with law enforcement throughout the years. I know that he put Wisconsin’s public safety first, and give our first responders the tools they need to do their jobs.”

mahlon_mitchellMitchell, a 20-year firefighter and President of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, thanked Mahoney for his support, and pledged to continue to stand with law enforcement when he is elected governor.

“Sheriff Mahoney has been on the front lines of public safety in our state. He knows the challenges that law enforcement faces—whether in dealing with our state’s opioid crisis or trying to keep communities safe in the face of budget cuts in Madison. Keeping our communities safe is critical to the future of our state, and it requires all hands working. I look forward to working with him to ensure that law enforcement has the resources they need to effectively carry out their jobs."

About Mahlon Mitchell:

Mahlon Mitchell was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Delavan, Wisconsin. He now lives with his wife, April and two children, Sie’anna and Karson, in Fitchburg.

Mahlon followed in his older brother’s footsteps when he became a fire fighter in Madison twenty years ago. His two brothers are fire fighters in Atlanta and St. Paul. These careers came out of a family that instilled values of service and working for others.

This sense of service is also exemplified in Mahlon’s other activities. He was a counselor at the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety’s Burn Camp, which he also directed for five years. This summer camp worked with burn-injured youth to help them cope with their unique situation and build a network of support.

Mahlon also worked as a street outreach coordinator with Briarpatch and Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, where he linked at-risk youth with services from their community.

Recently, Mahlon was instrumental to passing two pieces of legislation that were a huge victory for fire fighters across the state. The Infectious Disease Presumption fought to make sure fire fighters are covered if they contract a disease or disability on the job. Additionally, the legislature passed a bill that ensures families and spouses of fire fighters who die in the line of duty will have their health insurance premiums covered.

When the fight over collective bargaining began in 2011, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants. Despite being exempted from the bill, Mahlon and his fellow fire fighters marched on the Capitol with fellow working families that were threatened by the Budget Repair Bill.

Mahlon took the opportunity to travel the state as a fire fighter spreading the words about Scott Walker’s divisive policies.

In addition to his service in the community, Mahlon was a real estate agent for six years at First Weber in Madison. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the post.

 
Gronik Releases New Online Video: "20 Miles" PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Andy Gronik Press Office, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 08 December 2017 18:15

andy-gronikMILWAUKEE - Those closest to gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik know he'll put people ahead of special interests, that's why they stand behind his campaign one hundred percent in Gronik for Wisconsin campaign's new web video "20 Miles" released this afternoon.

"He's the real deal," said Shar Borg a Milwaukee Realtor and community leader. "He loves the state. He loves people. He sees that we are in a crisis and he wants to make a difference." 

Some of Andy's biggest supporters have seen him in action his entire life and watched him build businesses, solve problems, and fight tooth and nail for what he believes in. At a time when hard-working families in our state continue to be left behind, they need someone fighting for higher wages, affordable health care, and to make public schools the best choice for our kids. 

"Andy's got the ability to distill those problems into manageable objectives to get people from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party working together - to get staff behind it - to really focus on pulling the levers that move the state of Wisconsin forward," said Mark Kohlenberg a Wisconsin entrepreneur who has worked with Gronik in the past to launch a new brand of children’s shoes in the United States.

Watch "20 Miles" on Youtube below.

Gronik's vision for Wisconsin focuses on creating good-paying jobs in science, technology, manufacturing, and agriculture by executing statewide community and economic development plans that make Wisconsin the global leader in all industries surrounding food production, processing and packaging; fresh water, clean air, and renewable energy - the things were already good at in our state.

As Governor, Andy Gronik will continue to do what he's always done: bring people together, listen, solve problems and get things done. He knows what it takes to create jobs that sustain a family, advance a public education system that connects with businesses statewide in innovative ways to prepare our kids for the jobs of tomorrow, and ensure everyone in Wisconsin has affordable access to health care.

"I'm old," said longtime acquaintance Freda Adashek. "But I would walk 20 miles to see [Andy] become Governor. He is what I would like to see, as a person, helping the people of this state."

 
Matt Flynn Presses for Automatic Voter Registration PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Forward with Flynn, Bryan Kennedy   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:46

voterDemocratic candidate for Governor vows to protect voting rights outside the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


MADISON – Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn today addressed news media outside the Wisconsin Elections Commission to propose automatic voter registration in Wisconsin and to protect voting rights.

Flynn said, "Scott Walker and his Republican legislature have intentionally made voting more difficult and confusing in Wisconsin. By passing a Voter ID law, limiting access to DMV centers, curtailing early voting, and gerrymandering the state beyond comprehension, they have waged an all-out assault on the spirit of democracy. It led to a dramatic drop-off in voting in 2016, especially among students and minority voters, just as the Republicans intended.

matt-flynn"I believe in fair elections and in leveling the playing field. As governor, I will restore our progressive tradition of expanding voting rights and simplify how we conduct elections.

"Today I want to discuss one way we will simplify elections: by creating automatic voter registration. I propose automatically registering to vote all U.S. citizens who legally reside in Wisconsin, are over the age of 18, and have a driver's license or state ID issued by the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.

"A new resident who moves to Wisconsin is already required to go to the DMV to obtain a new driver's license or state ID. Automatic voter registration would remove the extra step she needs to take to register to vote. A young adult who has a driver's license or state ID will automatically be registered when he turns 18, making it easier for him to start exercising his right to vote.

"Not all states have the same voter registration laws. New voters are often confused about when and where to register. Automatic registration will eliminate that confusion.

"All residents will be made aware that they are automatically being registered to vote. If they choose, they will be allowed to opt-out of voter registration.

"Automatic voter registration has already been adopted by 10 states in the past three years. Wisconsin should join that growing list.

"Of course, this is only one of the policies we will need to pass to protect voting rights. We also need to eliminate the state's voter ID law, encourage more early voting and mail balloting, and require a paper trail for electronic touch-screen voting terminals. We also need to create an independent redistricting commission made up of neutral judges so that voters can choose their politicians, instead of politicians choosing their voters."

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Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He attended law school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

For additional information, visit www.ForwardWithFlynn.com.

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