Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

GUEST COMMENTARY: County offices should not be partisan

5:52 PM, Dec. 6, 2012  |  Comments
  • Filed Under

As I prepare to retire from the State Assembly, I want to thank the residents of the 53rd Assembly District for their support over the years. I wish Rep.-Elect Michael Schraa and Sen.-Elect Rick Gudex the best as they begin their new duties.

I would also like to express my wish that members of the next Legislature seriously consider reintroducing two proposals I introduced this session. The more important proposal is Assembly Bill 28, which would require out-of-state political organizations that participate in Wisconsin elections to abide by the same campaign finance reporting requirements as in-state organizations.

Currently, a political organization that is based in Wisconsin generally must disclose certain information about all its contributors, while an organization headquartered in another state that attempts to influence a Wisconsin election only has to report its contributions from Wisconsin sources, even if it also acquires funds elsewhere.

I strongly believe that voters have the right to know where the money that influences their elections comes from. This proposal would be a huge step toward improving transparency.

The second proposal is Assembly Joint Resolution 51, a constitutional amendment that would make all county offices nonpartisan.

County clerks, treasurers, registers of deeds, clerks of court, coroners and surveyors generally make few decisions that reflect party ideology, and party identification simply is not a good indication for whether a candidate can do the job effectively. AJR 51 also covers sheriffs and district attorneys. Even in those cases, having to run under a party banner may dissuade individuals who may be excellent public servants from seeking office.

Party labels at the county level can blind voters to the real issues involved in these races. I hope that Wisconsin residents who find these proposals appealing will let their legislators know.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports