Overwhelmingly, our members say they are tired of the partisan bickering in Madison. They are looking for elected officials who are able to set politics aside, bring different stakeholders to the table, and get the job done. Our endorsed candidates reflect those values.
All endorsed candidates were carefully considered and approved by the Board of Directors of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Candidates were evaluated on a set of criteria including their ability to solve conservation problems. The board placed high value on candidates committed to working in a bipartisan way, were good listeners, and deeply valued the concerns of their constituents and local groups.
We are facing such significant and immediate threats when it comes to conservation in Wisconsin. With drinking water wells polluted and running low and unmonitored frac sand mining scarring the lungs of our kids, the threats are just too great to waste time on partisanship and petty politics. We are anxious to get to work with elected officials next session and find pragmatic solutions to our conservation challenges.
2018 Endorsed Candidates
Governor – Tony Evers
Lieutenant Governor – Mandela Barnes
Attorney General – Josh Kaul
State Treasurer – Sarah Godlewski
Senate District 1 – Senator Caleb Frostman
Senate District 3 – Senator Tim Carpenter
Senate District 5 – Julie Henszey
Senate District 7 – Senator Chris Larson
Senate District 9 – Kyle Whelton
Senate District 15 – Senator Janis Ringhand
Senate District 17 – Kriss Marion
Senate District 19 – Lee Snodgrass
Senate District 23 – Chris Kapsner
Senate District 25 – Senator Janet Bewley
Senate District 27 – Senator Jon Erpenbach
Senate District 31 – Jeff Smith
Assembly District 1 – Representative Joel Kitchens
Assembly District 4 – Terry Lee
Assembly District 7 – Representative Daniel Riemer
Assembly District 9 – Marisabel Cabrera
Assembly District 13 – Dennis McBride
Assembly District 14 – Robyn Vining
Assembly District 15 – Lillian Cheesman
Assembly District 18 – Representative Evan Goyke
Assembly District 19 – Representative Jonathan Brostoff
Assembly District 23 – Liz Sumner
Assembly District 26 – Rebecca Clarke
Assembly District 30 – Barry Hammarback
Assembly District 38 – Melissa Winker
Assembly District 42 – Ann Groves Lloyd
Assembly District 43 – Representative Don Vruwink
Assembly District 44 – Representative Deb Kolste
Assembly District 45 – Representative Mark Spreitzer
Assembly District 46 – Representative Gary Hebl
Assembly District 47 – Representative Jimmy Anderson
Assembly District 48 – Representative Melissa Sargent
Assembly District 49 – Mike Mooney
Assembly District 50 – Art Shrader
Assembly District 51 – Jeff Wright
Assembly District 57 – Representative Amanda Stuck
Assembly District 60 – Chris Rahlf
Assembly District 62 – John Lehman
Assembly District 64 – Representative Peter Barca
Assembly District 66 – Representative Greta Neubauer
Assembly District 68 – Wendy Sue Johnson
Assembly District 70 – Cari Fay
Assembly District 71 – Representative Katrina Shankland
Assembly District 72 – David Gorski
Assembly District 74 – Representative Beth Meyers
Assembly District 76 – Representative Chris Taylor
Assembly District 77 – Shelia Stubbs
Assembly District 78 – Representative Lisa Subeck
Assembly District 79 – Representative Dianne Hesselbein
Assembly District 81 – Representative Dave Considine
Assembly District 85 – Alyson Leahy
Assembly District 88 – Tom Sieber
Assembly District 90 – Staush Gruszynski
Assembly District 91 – Jodi Emerson
Assembly District 92 – Rob Grover
Assembly District 94 – Representative Steve Doyle
Assembly District 96 – Paul Buhr
History of Endorsements
Since making our first endorsement in 2002, we are very proud to say Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has helped 239 candidates win elections. Here are just a few highlights:
In 2002, 67% of the candidates endorsed by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters won, including Senator Dale Schultz.
Senator Dale Schultz was one of three endorsements issued in our first foray into electoral politics. Senator Schultz continued to be a consistent voice for natural resource protection until he retired in 2013, and was one of the strongest voices fighting the open-pit mining bill.
In 2006, 77% of candidates endorsed by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters won, including Representative Cory Mason.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters was on the ground for more than a year preparing for this important race. As a result, we were able to engage scores of volunteers to knock on doors and make calls to other conservation voters to help put Cory Mason over the top. Representative Cory Mason has gone on to be a top Conservation Champion – a leader on the Great Lakes Compact, named to the Conservation Honor Roll for his wetland protection efforts, and has a perfect lifetime conservation score of 100%.
In 2010, 55% of candidates endorsed by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters won, including Senator Chris Larson.
In a highly contested Democratic primary, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters went all-in to support Chris Larson against the incumbent senator responsible for killing the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters helped thousands of primary voters make the connection between clean energy and who we elect. Senator Chris Larson won with an impressive 61%. As expected, he is a strong conservation advocate and leader in the state Senate.
In the spring of 2014, 86% of candidates endorsed by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters won.
Those wins happened right where we needed them most – on the front lines of frac sand country in Trempealeau and Buffalo counties. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters – with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers – had multiple conversations with 1,800 voters about the crucial importance of the spring elections. Our efforts helped to significantly increase voter turnout in the districts where we worked. As a result of these key wins, both county boards are in a much better position to protect Wisconsin’s air, land, and water.
In the fall of 2014, 74% of candidates endorsed by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters won, including Representative Joel Kitchens.
Joel Kitchens ran in a strongly contested general election to represent the Door and Kewaunee county area. Because the district contains more shoreline than any other legislative district in the country, water quality played an enormous role in the campaign. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters reached out to voters on the airwaves and by mail to share Joel Kitchens’ strong conservation values and impressive leadership skills. Representative Joel Kitchens won voters over and garnered 56.7% of the vote.