College Democrats are extremely pleased with the midterm results. In total, six Democrats were elected to Wisconsin statewide offices. 92.9 percent of pre-registered voters — 145,510 Madisonsians — turned out to cast a ballot on or before Tuesday. We could not be more proud and grateful for all those who volunteered by knocking doors, making phone calls and texting countless people to remind them to vote.
In one of the closest races in recent memory, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and his running mate Mandela Barnes were elected to the office of the governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. As a lifelong educator, Evers has pledged to restore funding for public education as well as post-secondary education. He has also promised to restore adequate compensation and professionalism for public school teachers in Wisconsin. It’s no surprise many college students and those who support education and our state’s future were excited to turn out for Evers Nov. 6. As Democrats, we are extremely enthusiastic to reclaim the office of governor for the next four years.
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Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, easily clinched her re-election Tuesday. Baldwin has shown a steadfast commitment to Wisconsin’s progressive values, particularly in working to make post-secondary education and healthcare more affordable for working families. She has admirably served as a legislator at all levels of government, clearly demonstrating her experience and effectiveness. She has also made history by being Wisconsin’s first female senator and the first openly gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Tammy’s reelection was not a given and we feel extremely accomplished for helping her in the fight against powerful out-of-state special interests.
Doug La Follette has dutifully served as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State since 1983 and has once again secured re-election. We believe La Follette will continue to serve as a progressive voice for Wisconsinites.
College Democrats are ecstatic that Josh Kaul successfully defeated the Republican incumbent Brad Schimel and will become Wisconsin’s next attorney general. The office of attorney general is crucially important, as they have the power to use the courts and stand up to President Donald Trump and his deplorable policies. Kaul is the right individual to check and challenge a deranged federal government on behalf of Wisconsin. Additionally, Kaul has made it clear as attorney general, he will deliver justice to the backlog of sexual assault victims that Schimel has neglected.
Lastly, we are pleased to announce the victory of Sarah Godlewski for state treasurer. Godlewski has made a career as a businesswoman — making socially responsible investments that not only make a return but also make society better. In 2018, Godlewski successfully led the fight against Scott Walker’s referendum to eliminate the office of the treasurer — a power grab that would have given himself direct discretion over billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Godlewski will fight alongside our other elected officials to ensure the refinancing and affordability of student loans in a time of student debt crisis.
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College Democrats are proud to say we swept the 2018 midterm elections. We are pleased to present you with Gov. Tony Evers, Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Here’s to Wisconsin’s progressive values and moving Wisconsin forward.
Sam Schwab ([email protected]) is a junior majoring in political science and English. He is also the Press Secretary of the UW College Democrats.