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."