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It's Spring (Primary) Time in Wisconsin!

It's Fat Tuesday! Oh, and it's also the Spring Primary.  The primary is not quite as fun, but it's still a very worthwhile 10 minute stop at the Waunakee Village Center.  In Waunakee, there's only one race on the ballot.  It's the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Village Board election (and many others) takes place on April 6, 2021.

Last month, I ran across this article from WEAU TV that gives a very quick view of the candidates for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, along with links to each of their campaign web sites: https://www.weau.com/2021/01/24/breaking-down-the-candidates-for-state-superintendent-of-public-instruction/

After reviewing the numerous candidates, I chose to vote for Sheila Briggs.  My reasoning was simple:

  1. Sheila is local.  Granted, she's from DeForest - one of Waunakee's biggest rivals - but also a school district that is very similar to Waunakee (although we all know Waunakee still has the better football team, right?).  I have faith that the actions Sheila takes if elected will be in the interest of raising all schools to the level of districts like Waunakee, rather than aiming for the lowest common denominator statewide.
  2. Sheila is already involved in the job she's running for.  Simply, she has been the Department of Public Instruction's Assistant State Superintendent - Division for Academic Excellence since 2011. She can hit the ground running with the experience to work throughout the department and with elected officials at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
  3. Sheila is prepared to lead.  Her priorities are broad, but well organized, and well thought out.  From a short exchange with her, I believe she has a deep understanding of the complexities of trying to accomplish some of her priorities, but isn't afraid to lead change rather than go with the status quo.
As I said before, today's election is only a primary.  The goal is to narrow the field from seven candidates to two. But it's still important to vote. With roughly 8% turnout for many spring primaries, failing to vote today could easily mean that your preferred candidate doesn't make it to the general election in April.  And they can't win if they're not even on the general election ballot!

Go vote.  And don't forget your ID. Then celebrate Fat Tuesday!

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