2020: Election Year, Here We Come!

2020: Election Year, Here We Come!

2019 | Week of December 30 | Radio Transcript #1340

Welcome to 2020—a brand new year that will be an important year for our state and our nation. This is an election year, not only for the national president, but also for a number of local and state positions as well. And if the past year is any indication of what’s to come, it’s going to be a very busy year. The fate of the family in the nation and the state could be decided by the outcome of these races.

Wisconsin voters have some critical races coming up, starting on Tuesday, February 18, with the state Spring Non-Partisan Primary election. On that day, voters will select the candidates for Wisconsin’s spring non-partisan general election. Tuesday, April 7, is our state’s Spring Non-Partisan General Election and the Democratic Presidential Primary, assuming the Democratic presidential candidate has not been chosen by that time.  And, then, Tuesday, August 11, is our Fall Partisan Primary, followed by the Tuesday, November 3, Fall Partisan General Election for state offices and the presidential election.

The spring primary that is fast approaching will have only one statewide race and that will be for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Incumbent Justice Dan Kelly, who was appointed to the state’s high court by Governor Scott Walker when Justice David Prosser resigned, is up for election.  To date, Justice Kelly is opposed by Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone.  The primary will reduce the field to two candidates.  In addition to this statewide race, many areas will have local primaries in addition to this statewide race.

To expand on that April 7 election, Wisconsin voters will elect not only a state Supreme Court justice, but three Court of Appeals judges and 34 Circuit Court judges in areas around the state, in addition to numerous mayors, city council members, town or village supervisors, county officials, and school board members.

Quite frankly, the Spring Election will be extremely important for Wisconsin families, if for no other reason than that much rides on the composition of the high court. Decisions made by that court often impact marriage, family, life and religious freedom in our state. In the next few weeks, Wisconsin Family Council will have an educational voter information publication on the candidates for the state Supreme Court race.

Turning to the fall elections, Wisconsin will hold its statewide Partisan Primary on Tuesday, August 11. Voters will nominate candidates for the November 3rd general election for all of the state-level partisan offices, as well as for local partisan elected offices.

Again, much is at stake.  All eight U.S. Congressional districts will be up for election.  At the state level, the even-numbered state senate districts, which is half of our State Senate, and all 99 state assembly districts are up for election, as are a number of district attorney positions. Of course, in every state we will be casting votes for the next president of the United States.

Voting is the easiest—and one of the most important—ways to get involved in and have an impact on your local, state and national government. We have a responsibility to learn about the candidates and the issues on our ballot and to vote for those individuals who reflect our values and who will fulfill their responsibilities with integrity.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of these 2020 elections. Throughout the world, most people do not have the opportunity ever to elect their officials in a free-and-fair election process. Our ancestors, and our servicemen and women today, have sacrificed greatly for our freedom, for our form of government—for our right to vote into office those who represent us.  The people we elect will write and interpret the law on marriage and family, on our religious freedom, our freedom of speech and our education system and so much more. This is our opportunity to influence the policies that will affect every area of our lives.

Will you join me in determining to make 2020 the year of the family by electing people who will uphold and defend the family in the state and in the nation? The state of the family is also the state of the state and the state of the nation—when our families are strong, our state and our nation are strong as well. May God bless our families, our state and our nation in this New Year.

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council, wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year, and reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

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