Elkhorn, WI - For a democracy to thrive and flourish, healthy debate is indispensable. It’s the bedrock of democracy in our political system.
Tyler August, the incumbent State Assemblyperson for District 32, has refused requests from both the press (Lake Geneva Regional News) and non-partisan non-profit organizations (the League of Women Voters) to participate in any public forums or debates with candidate Dr. Katherine Gaulke.
The Lake Geneva Regional News first approached the candidates in the month of August and the League of Women Voters approached the candidates in September. Dr. Gaulke responded affirmatively immediately. That was plenty of time to schedule and host a forum or debate prior to the election on Nov. 6th. But Tyler August - after ignoring multiple requests from each - eventually made a blanket statement that he won’t be able to fit it into his schedule, despite the fact that the Legislature is not in session and no specific dates were proposed.
Gaulke explained, “I’m raising a family in this district, teaching college, volunteering for nonprofits like Meals on Wheels and Open Arms Free Clinic, and running a campaign. If I can find a few hours to debate, so can he. District 32 residents deserve it.”
This is not democracy.
Gaulke further explained, “As I’ve traveled our community and spoken with neighbors, I hear over and over again that he is an absent representative. This isn’t just my personal experience with August, it is an unacceptable pattern. He rarely attends public events where he could be questioned by constituents who disagree with his record, and he simply ignores or stops responding to folks’ emails and Facebook messages.”
“That’s wrong, and it’s one of the reasons why I’m running - we deserve a responsive Assemblyperson in Madison, one who will engage with us and respond to us regardless of if we agree or disagree. We deserve someone who puts people above party and constituents above special interests,” continued Gaulke.
District 32 residents deserve to hear from their elected officials and candidates, to compare and contrast candidate positions and visions for how to make our community better. August’s refusal to present, on fair and neutral ground, his record and vision to our neighbors shows his arrogance and unwillingness to listen to constituents.
The residents of District 32 are tired of playing “Where’s Tyler?” and are ready for Gaulke, a Mom on a Mission, to be their voice in Madison. The community support for Gaulke, who has raised over $30,000, knocked over 3,000 doors, and gained 11 endorsements from local, national and state-wide groups, is strong and the momentum is growing.
Elkhorn, WI - Dr. Katherine Gaulke has been unanimously endorsed by Our Wisconsin Revolution, “an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist organization that aims to take Wisconsin government back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people.”
This is the 10th organization to endorse Dr. Katherine Gaulke, who is running to represent Wisconsin's 32nd Assembly District. Other endorsements include Run for Something, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Sierra Club, and Clean Wisconsin Action Fund.
“I’m honored to have OWR’s endorsement, as we share a vision of Wisconsin where elected officials work for their constituents, not special interests,” Dr. Gaulke stated. “As your Assemblywoman, I will put people before corporate profit, represent everyone equally, and strengthen voter rights - core tenets of what the thousands of members of OWR across Wisconsin believe.”
She continued, “We must have an economy that works for everyone, which is why I’ve promised to champion legislation to allow students to refinance their loans like mortgages through the state. We must have quality public goods and services, which is why I’m committed to whole person health - including clean water, drinkable water, and safe roads. We must restore our democracy, which is why I support non-partisan redistricting maps drawn by an independent commission, like what is done in Iowa.”
“These are just some common-sense solutions to problems that affect the residents in District 32, and I look forward to bringing them to the State Legislature.”
PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Katherine Gaulke, Democratic Candidate for Wisconsin's 32nd Assembly District, Earns Iron Workers Local #8 Endorsement
Elkhorn, WI - Dr. Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District, has added the Iron Workers Local #8 to her growing list of campaign endorsements, which includes WEAC, Moms Demand Action, BlueWave Crowdsource, Clean Wisconsin Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Action of Wisconsin, Run for Something, and Walworth County Democrats and Kenosha County Democrats.
The Iron Workers Local #8 has a long and storied history of fighting for worker’s rights. On June 26, 1896, the National Association of Bridge and Structural Ironworkers issued a charter to the Milwaukee chapter, and the organization now covers northeastern and southeastern Wisconsin as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
“One of the many ways I stand with Wisconsin workers is in their fight for prevailing wage,” Dr. Gaulke stated. “Prevailing wage is a legacy of the trade union movement, and delivers a fair market, local wage to the hard-working men and women who repair our bridges and roads. Prevailing wage keeps skilled workers on the job and helps improve our economy by providing quality infrastructure at an efficient cost.”
“I look forward to representing the many construction workers in my district when I get to Madison by reinstating the prevailing wage law, legislation my opponent co-sponsored to repeal as of Jan. 1, 2017. He wants to see workers make less, whereas I stand with my future constituents and want to see workers make more,” Katherine added.
PRESS RELEASE: Run for Something endorses Dr. Katherine Gaulke for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District
Dr. Katherine Gaulke is proud to receive the endorsement of Run for Something (RFS), the groundbreaking organization that recruits and supports strong voices in the next generation of progressive leadership.
“I’m grateful for Run for Something’s endorsement, which shows the growing momentum in Wisconsin’s 32nd District for a community leader who will champion us in Madison,” Dr. Katherine Gaulke said. “We are rebuilding our democracy one door knock at a time.”
Dr. Gaulke continued, “I’m running because we need leaders who believe healthcare is a right, regardless of someone’s insurance status or ability to pay. I’m tired of asking my representative to write common sense healthcare policies that cover pre-existing conditions and include maternity care coverage. I’m not going to wait any longer - as a college professor and the Founder of the Wisconsin Free and Charitable Clinics, I can write these policies myself,” Dr. Gaulke continued. “And voters in my district are responding to my message that Wisconsin can and must be a leader in national health reform.”
“RFS endorses candidates on two major criteria: heart and hustle. That’s what defines viability to us,” said Ross Morales Rocketto, RFS co founder. “These are candidates who are going to work hard to run grassroots, community-led campaigns. We are at a critical time in history and the momentum these candidates generate will have a lasting impact for years to come.”
This month’s endorsements also mark a milestone for the organization. With 500 endorsed candidates, RFS has grown into a powerful, nation-wide movement, which is celebrated in a video. Take a look.
By the numbers:
- 78 candidates endorsed this month
- RFS has endorsed 631 candidates total, from 48 states
- Campaign budgets range from $3,000 to $300,000
- Win numbers range from 645 to 100,000 votes
The endorsement process includes an extensive internal review with background check, staff interview and insight from local state experts.
Amanda Litman and Ross Morales Rocketto launched RFS on Jan. 20, 2017 with a simple premise: help young diverse progressives to run for down-ballot races in order to build a bench for the future. RFS aims to lower the barriers to entry for these candidates by helping them with seed money, organization building, and access to trainings needed to be successful. So far, about 18,000 young people from across the country have signed up as candidates and gained access to RFS resources.
PRESS RELEASE: CLEAN WISCONSIN ACTION FUND ENDORSES DR.KATHERINE GAULKE FOR WISCONSIN's 32ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Delavan, WI - Dr. Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District, has earned the endorsement of the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund, a non-partisan environmental entity, for her commitment to work toward policies that will protect Wisconsin’s precious natural resources and public health while promoting job creation.
“Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District is home to two of the state’s most economically impactful lakes, Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan, and Walworth County is ranked 6th in the state for total tourism impact. Our robust tourism economy depends on protecting clean water resources,” Dr. Katherine Gaulke noted. She continued, “Once elected, I look forward to working with Clean Wisconsin to promote natural resource policies that protect our clean air, clean water and clean energy resources while promoting economic growth.”
“I’m a mom, educator, and fierce advocate of whole-person health. Healthcare is more that just doctor appointments - it’s also clean air, drinkable water, food security, and safe neighborhoods. My family enjoys boating on and swimming in Delavan Lake, and I strongly believe that for everyone to be able to enjoy our natural resources, we must protect them. As your Assemblyperson, I will support policies that preserve our lakes, rivers, and waterways; and I will vote for bills that protect our water quality,” Katherine stated.
In addition to Clean Wisconsin Action Fund’s endorsement, Dr. Gaulke is also honored to be endorsed by Sierra Club, Wisconsin Education Association Council, Bluewave Crowd Source, Moms Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety, Kenosha County Democrats, Walworth County Democrats, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Delavan, WI - Dr. Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District, is proud to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Planned Parenthood provides crucial healthcare services for all Wisconsin residents, including cancer screenings, birth control, testing for sexually transmitted disease, mammograms, and referrals for prenatal care throughout Wisconsin.
Dr. Katherine Gaulke stated, “I’m pro-choice and advocate unequivocally for a woman’s right to make the best healthcare decisions for her body. I also strongly believe in the need to reduce abortions - which is not through escalating culture wars, but by reducing poverty. Studies show abortion rates are at an all-time low, though they remain highest among poor women who lack access to healthcare. We must protect healthcare coverage, in particular maternity care.”
She continued, “I share Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin’s concern regarding health disparities that disproportionately affect the Latino community, and look forward to voting for legislation that will fully fund Planned Parenthood to improve the quality of, and access to, culturally competent health care and education. I also look forward to working with the UW-Medical School residents to get the training they need at Planned Parenthood clinics, so the UW-Medical school can retain its national accreditation for OB-GYN training.”
Katherine continued, “As your voice in Madison, I will work hard to ensure that all District 32 receives badly needed healthcare resources, ensure protections for pre-existing conditions, and that everyone has affordable care.”
PRESS RELEASE: Katherine Gaulke adds Sierra Club to growing list of Endorsements for 32nd Assembly District
Elkhorn, WI - Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District, has added the Sierra Club of Wisconsin to her growing list of campaign endorsements, which includes WEAC, Moms Demand Action, BlueWave Crowdsource, Walworth County Democrats and Kenosha County Democrats.
The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, and Katherine shares their mission of protecting our wild places. The Wisconsin chapter of Sierra Club, called the John Muir chapter, has 15,000 members throughout the state who follow in the footsteps of legendary Wisconsin conservationists like John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson.
“John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson are all huge inspirations to me, not only for their ardent protection of our environment but also in how they worked across the aisle for common-sense solutions. As a graduate of John Muir Middle School in Wausau, I’m especially proud of this endorsement,” said Katherine Gaulke. “I believe a great community protects the environment and fosters an appreciation for the beauty of nature. My family enjoys boating on Delavan Lake and Geneva Lake. As your Assemblyperson, I will support policies that protect and preserve our lakes, rivers, and waterways. I will vote for bills that protect our water quality.”
Katherine continued, “I am committed to protecting our environment and to responsible use of our resources. For example, Wisconsin is currently facing a DNR warden shortage. DNR wardens play a crucial role in protecting our natural resources, including the many beautiful lakes we have here in Walworth County. As your representative, I'll fight for a fully funded DNR, staffed with adequate numbers of wardens and scientists, to ensure District 32 is a place everyone is safe to enjoy our public lands. I will also advocate for an independent DNR, led by someone with extensive experience in natural resources.
“Former Wisconsin DNR Secretary George Meyer has said Wisconsin is regressing on water quality. That’s unacceptable - we can't let what happened in Flint or what is happening in Florida happen in Wisconsin. Clean water is not an infinite resource. I will do everything I can to ensure we have safe and clean water for drinking, bathing, swimming and fishing.”
Katherine added, “We only have one earth. We must protect it. I’m honored to have the endorsement of the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club, and as your voice in Madison, look forward to championing legislation that will restore our great state’s historic and progressive environmental standards.”
PRESS RELEASE: DR. KATHERINE GAULKE, ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 32 CANDIDATE, SUPPORTS LISTENING TO VOTERS ON LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Elkhorn, WI - Katherine Gaulke, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s Assembly District 32, supports allowing the voters of Walworth County have their voice heard via a ballot referendum on the legalization of marijuana, and supports the legalization of both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana for those over age 21.
“We spend more on corrections than on the University of Wisconsin System. The financial burden on our criminal justice system for low-level non-violent marijuana possession offenses is unacceptable,” she said.
Katherine continued, “I will follow the will of the people when it comes to this issue. Counties around the state are putting the issue to a non-binding referendum, which I support; and will vote to both decriminalize and legalize, tax and regulate cannabis when I am elected to the State Legislature.”
“Legalization would free the police up to pursue more serious crimes, help alleviate the societal and financial impact of mass incarceration on our society, and help those in pain get access to much-needed medicine. Marijuana arrests are disproportionately prevalent in minority communities. Wisconsin shouldn’t be the worst place in the country to raise a young black male.”
“While not the main reason for my position, increased revenue via the taxation and regulation of cannabis is a benefit,” Katherine added.
In 2016, Marquette University conducted a poll that found that 59% of Wisconsinites wanted marijuana legalized. “As your next Assemblyperson, I will abide by the wishes of the voters. My opponent told the Janesville Gazette that he won’t necessarily listen to voters,” she said.
“While the legalization of cannabis is not a perfect solution to all of Wisconsin’s problems, but there is a great deal of promise in its medical applications including reducing the reliance on opioids; alleviating the burden on our criminal justice system, the tax revenue it might generate, and for giving Wisconsin farmers a new and popular cash crop to grow,” Gaulke said.
Marijuana has been fully legalized in 9 states with another 30 having medical marijuana legalized. Wisconsin currently has some of the most severe marijuana laws in the country.
Elkhorn, WI--Today the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) endorsed Dr. Katherine Gaulke for Wisconsin Assembly District 32. Katherine earned the endorsement of the state’s largest educators union because of her commitment to Wisconsin’s public school system and fighting for every child’s access to a quality education.
“The Wisconsin Education Association Council is proud to endorse Katherine Gaulke for Assembly District 32,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “We know that Katherine will be a fierce advocate for our public schools in the Wisconsin Legislature. It’s time that all of Wisconsin’s students have someone like Katherine in their corner, fighting to ensure that every child has access to a quality education that ensures they can have the brightest future possible.”
“I’m honored to receive WEAC’s endorsement. As a lifelong learner and higher education instructor, I’ve seen how good public education can transform a life and a community. Every child deserves access to a quality education that meets their unique learning styles, capabilities, and interests,” said Katherine Gaulke. “For the past eight years, Wisconsin’s public education system has suffered because of the failed leadership of folks in Madison. It’s time to elect a new voice to the Wisconsin Legislature that will fight to fully fund our public school system, address funding formulas that unfairly disadvantage districts like ours, and work to restore our schools back to the standards we were once known for."
PRESS RELEASE: "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense" endorse Katherine Gaulke for Wisconsin's 32nd Assembly District
Dr. Katherine Gaulke, Assembly candidate for Wisconsin's 32nd District, is proud to announce the endorsement of Moms Demand Action/Everytown for Gun Safety.
"Tornadoes are up to Mother Nature, but preventing school shootings is up to us. Like so many Moms, I live in fear of that phone call after dropping my kids off at school. Responsible gun owners, like my family, know that supporting the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with common sense solutions to reduce gun violence. That's why I'm proud to be a "Gun Sense" Candidate," said Dr. Katherine Gaulke. "Reducing and preventing gun violence is a public safety issue, not a political one - and as your next Assembly representative, I will always put our children's safety first."
With a background in public health and advocacy, Dr. Katherine noted "I've always worked to protect our children's future, and this issue is no different. I will champion and support policies that protect our children."