Monday, March 03, 2008

Winnebago County Labor Council Endorses Candidates for April Elections

The Winnebago County Labor Council, the local AFL-CIO chapter, held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 26th for the purpose of endorsing individuals running for local and State offices in the April 1st election.

Candidates for office were sent questionnaires to answer and the following candidates were endorsed by the WCLC:

Wisconsin State Supreme Court: Louis Butler
Court of Appeals District II Judge: Lisa Neubauer

Oshkosh School Board: Tom McDermott and John Lemberger.

Winnebago County Board District 15: Travis Swanson
Winnebago County Board District 18: Bill Wingren

The questionnaire included individual positions on the Tax Payers Bill of Rights (TABOR), tax incentive accountability and economic development, new ideas for attracting and maintaining good paying jobs, the right to organize, shared revenue reductions, privatization, gender equity, and prevailing wage laws.

Council President Stephen Dedow stated that “All the candidates who returned the questionnaire gave thoughtful, honest and considerate answers to our questions. The individuals we ended up endorsing simply were closer philosophically to our overall position as organized labor and as such would represent our concerns effectively.”


Blogger Cheryl Hentz said...

There are rumors flying around suggesting that the Winnebago County Labor Council did not actually send out questionnaires to local school board candidates soliciting their opinions on various issues. Yet on Sunday, March 2, a press release was issued by the Labor Council, certainly giving every impression that it had and announcing the council's endorsements for a variety of state and local races.

Via email I spoke with John Lemberger - a candidate for the Oshkosh Area School District's Board of Education and one of those who received an endorsement from the council - and he told me he does not remember filling out a questionnaire for them. Other candidates are said to have not received questionnaires either. It leads one to wonder how or on what basis the Labor Council's endorsements were made.

This morning I contacted Winnebago County Labor Council president Steve Dedow requesting clarification; I've not yet gotten a response. At such time that I do, I will post it here for readers.

March 04, 2008 8:42 PM  

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