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."
Lake Geneva News Article "Challengers take aim at incumbent state legislators"
Great article - one correction; I'm not a physician; I always say "I'm not that kind of Dr." -- I am a Doctor of Philosophy. My doctorate is in Human Services with an emphasis on Public Service Leadership. You can read my dissertation HERE. The Lake Geneva News will be correcting online soon and print a correction next paper.
Also, please note, I'm not just "now entering politics", I have served as a registered lobbyist advocating for smart health policies. I'm tired of asking others to sponsor commonsense policies to drive down premiums and increase access to quality care. I am running to write these policies myself. #Gaulke4Assembly
Historic Fish Boil Is Fundraiser for Candidate with a Potful of Hot Issues;Dr. Katherine Gaulke is a Mom on a Mission.
What: Historic Fish Boil Fundraiser
Who: Candidate Dr. Katherine Gaulke (32nd Assembly District)
When: Tuesday, July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Fitzgerald’s, 727 Main Street (Hwy B) in Genoa City.
The Fish Boil was borrowed from the Native American fisher people who prized the valuable oils that rose to the surface when the fire was stoked high. Today it’s more of a spectator sport.
For Dr. Katherine Gaulke, a Mom on a Mission, this Fish Boil is not for spectators only; it’s a fundraiser for her campaign for Assemblywoman of the 32nd District of Wisconsin.
The Six Big Issues in her kettle are: 1) access to affordable health care with no preexisting condition exclusions, 2) good paying jobs and the ability to pay off student loan debt, 3) clean water to drink, to swim and fish in, to boat on, 4) food security and stable housing, 5) safe roads and bridges, and 6) quality public schools.
Purchase your Fish Boil tickets HERE. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Katherine R. Gaulke’s campaign committee hosted Gaulke’s kick-off for the State Assembly seat, Sunday, June 24th at Boxed & Burlap in Delavan.
Gaulke told the enthusiastic crowd, “I have been an advocate my entire life, founded the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and am now ready to continue my advocacy for better lives and health in Madison.”
Rep. Mark Spreitzer, Minority Caucus Chair from Beloit, introduced Gaulke. He worked with Gaulke, an experienced health care executive, this past legislative session to improve health-care to all residents of the state.
Katherine R. Gaulke, PhD, MHA is also an educator and mother, who volunteers and lives in the district she will represent. She believes residents of Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha counties must have a representative in Madison who knows the issues that affect them and someone who will fight for them.
She advocates for: 1) access to affordable health care with no preexisting condition exclusions, 2) good paying jobs and the ability to pay off student loan debt 3) clean water to drink, to swim and fish in, to boat on, 4) food security and stable housing, 5) safe roads and bridges, and 6) quality public schools.
Residents who missed the Gaulke for Assembly Kick-Off can meet Katherine at one of her upcoming events:
July 30: Fish Boil at Fitzgerald's Genoa Junction, 727 Main St, Genoa City. GET FISH BOIL TICKETS. Suggested contribution: $30.
Sept. 23: Ice Cream Social at Delavan Lake Store, 2001 N Shore Dr, Delavan. ICE CREAM RSVP! Suggested contribution: $25
Learn more about the Assembly candidate at www.Gaulke4Assembly.com. Event photos by Cyndie Lee Photography.
Walworth, Racine, Kenosha Counties: Representative Mark Spreitzer (District-45 Beloit), the Minority Caucus Chair, will be joining Representative David Crowley (District 17, Milwaukee) as a guest speaker at the Campaign Kick-Off Celebration for Dr. Katherine Gaulke at Boxed and Burlap (2935 WI-67, Delavan) June 24th from 4-7pm. Katherine Gaulke, PhD, MHA is running for Assembly District 32 against Tyler August.
As Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WAFCC), Dr. Gaulke worked with Rep. Spreitzer on AB598, a bill to expand the Heath Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP) to the free and charitable clinic entity. The bill passed the Assembly but was not taken up by the Senate this last term.
AB598 would have allowed local District 32 free clinics such as Open Arms (Elkhorn) and HealthCare Network (Waterford/Racine) to hire psychologists to help address the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. Then after three years of service, the psychologist could have applied for up to $50,000 in loan assistance.
According to The Foundation for AIDS Research (amFar), in 2016, there were 531 drug-related deaths in the 1st Congressional District; which is almost half of all drug-related deaths in Wisconsin (1,074). Sadly, the 1st Congressional District ranks #1 in the state for drug-related deaths.
When she gets to Madison, Dr. Katheirne plans to work with Rep. Spreitzer again to make this legislation a reality.
Candidate Gaulke explained, “It is a huge honor to have Rep. Spreitzer speaking at my campaign kick-off. He has been influential in improving the lives of Beloit and Wisconsin residents.”
RSVP today at www.Gaulke4Assembly.com/events.