Black Leaders Organizing for Communities
Press Release

Elected Officials Across the State Join Call for Peaceful and Fair Vote Count


By - Nov 2nd, 2020 02:14 pm

Milwaukee, Wis.–From Racine to Hudson and Alderperson to State Treasurer, Wisconsin elected officials from all walks of life are coming together to answer our call for every vote to be counted ahead of the General Election.

These 67 elected officials have united across race, gender, and geography to protect democracy and ensure that the will of the people prevails. Although counting votes may take a little bit longer than usual this year, due to the unprecedented number of Wisconsinites opting for absentee ballots amidst a global pandemic, our elected leaders know that our state and our country must be places where everyone counts and every vote is counted.

Led by Milwaukee-based community organization BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities), grassroots groups statewide are organizing to deliver democracy and swear in a government elected by and for the people. Although certain politicians may try to undermine our democracy and silence our voices, Wisconsinites know that we are stronger together. Urban and rural, Black, white, and brown, we are joining together to vote in record numbers and build a better future.

Said Kyle Avery Johnson, BLOC statewide organizer and coordinator of the effort, “Representatives from all parts of the state are hearing the call for a fair count and have come together with a clear message—every voter must have their voice heard and vote counted and it is the will of the people that decides.”

See the pledge and list of signatories below:

The Pledge:

From Milwaukee to Bayfield, Wisconsinites from all walks of life are uniting to lift our voices and cast votes for an America where everyone counts, and where every vote is counted, no exceptions. People across our state have called* on Wisconsin’s elected officials to protect the integrity of our elections and we have accepted their call. As representatives of the people, we affirm our commitment to ensure a peaceful and legitimate election in which every vote is counted so that we can swear in a government of, by and for the people.

*Link: Wisconsin Count on Us Pledge:

Signatories: full list on Sunday eve/Monday morn
Sarah Godlewski, State Treasurer
Anissa Welch, Mayor of Milton
Tim Kabat, Mayor of La Crosse
Amanda Stuck, State Representative Chris Larson, State Senator
Jeff Smith, State Senator
Tim Carpenter, State Senator
Christine Sinicki, State Representative
Dave Considine, State Representative, 81st District
David Bowen, State Representative
Greta Neubauer, State Representative,
Jimmy Anderson, State Representative
JoCasta Zamarripa, State Representative and Milwaukee Alderwoman
Jodi Emerson, State Representative
Jonathon Brostoff, State Representative
Katrina Shankland, State Representative, 71st District
Lisa Subeck, State Representative
Mark Spreitzer, State Representative, 45th District
Melissa Agard Sargent, State Representative
Jill Billings, State Representative, 95th District
Steve Doyle, State Representative
Bob Peterson, City-wide Representative on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors
Clinton Anderson, Beloit City Council Vice President
John Tate II, Racine Common Council President
Kyle Larsen, Beloit School Board President
Monica Kruse, La Crosse County Board Chair
Kriss Marion, Lafayette County Supervisor
Carolyn Clow, Trustee, Village of McFarland
Chantia Lewis, Alderwoman of the New 9th MKE
Chris M. Zindorf, Juneau County Supervisor District 7
Danielle Bailey, Glendale- River Hills School Board Member
Diane Odeen, River Falls Alderperson at Large
Doug Wilde, Rock County Board Supervisor, District 23
Edwin Santiago, Jr. Racine District 4 Alderperson
Erin Gallagher, Darlington Alderperson
Fabi Maldonado, Racine County Supervisor
Jacob Taylor, Rock County Supervisor
Jennifer Priesgen, Lomira Village Board Trustee
Jessica Carpenter, Shorewood Village Trustee
Jill Gaskell, Member of the Pecatonica Area School Board
Joyce Hall, City of Hudson District 6 Alderperson
Kari Ives, Chippewa County Board Supervisor
Kate Cronin, Alder, City of Verona
Kate Lewandowski, Waterloo Board of Education Director
Kate McGinnity, Dane County Supervisor
Keonte Turner, Member of the La Crosse School District Board of Education
Koby Schellenger, Winnebago County Board Supervisor
Kristen Keyser, West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board
Kristina Shelton, Vice President, Green Bay School Board
Lindsay Lemmer, Madison Alder
Mary Land, Racine Alder
Meagan Holman O’Reilly, Alderperson, City of Wauwatosa
Megan Miller, Vice President of the Beloit Board of Education
Melissa Lemke, Racine City Council
Molly Grupe, Monona Alder
Natalia Taft, Alderperson, Racine 13th District
Nick Demske, Racine County Supervisor
Nicki Vander Meulen, MMSD Clerk
Paula Phillips, Milwaukee Board of School Directors
Robert Hansen, Greenfield School Board Member
Stephanie Aegerter, Rock County Supervisor, District 25
Stephanie Spellman, Winnebago County Supervisor
Tammy Bockhorst, Shorewood Village Trustee
Timothy J. Hall, St, Croix County Supervisor, District 6
Trevor Jung, Alderperson, Racine 9th District
Yuri Rashkin, Rock County Supervisor
Zoe Roberts, Eau Claire County Board Supervisor

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