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Majority of Wisconsin Sheriffs Endorse Senator Ron Johnson


Senator Ron Johnson’s campaign said today that Johnson has received endorsements from 51 sheriffs throughout Wisconsin.

The list includes independent Tracy Finch of Burnett County and Democrats Nancy Hove of Pierce County and Paul Susienka of Bayfield County.

The announcement comes after Johnson’s opponent, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes was forced to remove the only two active duty law enforcement officers from his original list.

Two Wisconsin sheriffs are endorsing Mandela Barnes. Sheriff Troy Knudson of Rock County and Sheriff Jeff Skatrud Green County both were added this week on the Barnes’ campaign website. WRN has reached out to these two sheriffs for comment regarding their endorsements.

Wisconsin Sheriffs Endorsing Senator Ron Johnson

  1. Brent York (R), Adams
  2. Paul Susienka (D), Bayfield
  3. Todd Delain (R), Brown
  4. Michael Schmidtknecht (R), Buffalo
  5. Tracy Finch (IND), Burnett
  6. Scott Haines (R), Clark
  7. Roger Brandner (R), Columbia
  8. Dale Schmidt (R), Dodge
  9. Kevin Bygd (R), Dunn
  10. Dan Miller (R), Florence
  11. Ryan Waldschmidt (R), Fond du Lac
  12. Nate Dreckman (R), Grant
  13. Mark Podoll (R), Green Lake
  14. Brent Oleson (R), Juneau
  15. David Beth (R), Kenosha
  16. Matt Joski (R), Kewaunee
  17. Jeff Wolf (R), La Crosse
  18. Reg Gill (R), Lafayette
  19. Mark Westen (R), Langlade
  20. Dan Hartwig (R), Manitowoc
  21. Scott Parks (R), Marathon
  22. Jerry Sauve (R), Marinette
  23. Joe Konrath (R), Marquette
  24. Wes Revels (R), Monroe
  25. Todd Skarban (R), Oconto
  26. Grady Hartman (R), Oneida
  27. Clint Kriewaldt (R), Outagamie
  28. Jim Johnson (R), Ozaukee
  29. Joel Wener (R), Pepin
  30. Nancy Hove (D), Pierce
  31. Brent Waak (R), Polk
  32. Brian Schmidt (R), Price
  33. Christopher Schmaling (R), Racine
  34. Clay Porter (R), Richland
  35. Jeff Wallace (R), Rusk
  36. Chip Meister (R), Sauk
  37. Doug Mrotek (R), Sawyer
  38. Adam Bieber (R), Shawano
  39. Cory Roesler (R), Sheboygan
  40. Scott Knudson (R), St. Croix
  41. Larry Woebbeking (R), Taylor
  42. Brett Semingson (R), Trempealeau
  43. John Spears (R), Vernon
  44. Joe Fath (R), Vilas
  45. Kurt Picknell (R), Walworth
  46. Marty Schulteis (R), Washington
  47. Eric Severson (R), Waukesha
  48. Tim Wilz (R), Waupaca
  49. Wally Zuehlke (R), Waushara
  50. John Matz (R), Winnebago
  51. Shawn Becker (R), Wood

Here is the Ron Johnson campaign full press release:

OSHKOSH – Independent, Democratic, and Republican county sheriffs from all across Wisconsin are endorsing U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in his re-election campaign. Johnson is running against anti-law enforcement candidate Mandela Barnes who is running on ending cash bail, cutting the prison population by half, abolishing ICE, and defunding the police. And was caught lying about law enforcement endorsements again yesterday.

“I proudly endorse Senator Ron Johnson. He is a genuine friend to law enforcement and backs the badge,” said Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell. “Senator Johnson has a proven track record of sponsoring and supporting legislation that clearly prioritizes law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. I trust him to always have the back of the hardworking men and women of law enforcement to keep our communities safe.”

“Senator Johnson supports Law and Order and stands with Law Enforcement and Public Safety. He brings a common sense approach to all the craziness in DC and represents Wisconsin the way it should be,” said Florence County Sheriff Dan Miller. “I am glad to support Sen. Ron Johnson.”

“Senator Ron Johnson has seen the violent acts that occur frequently against our law enforcement professionals across this Nation with many of those actions resulting in line of duty deaths. Senator Johnson seeks to ensure the safety of our local and State law enforcement officers through his efforts to further the Thin Blue Line Act,” said Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks. “At the same time, Senator Johnson continues to make a difference in the lives of those persons who can be frequent law enforcement contacts by his continued efforts and support of The Joseph Project, which connects people with opportunities for self-improvement and employment. I support Senator Johnson and would encourage your support too.”

“Senator Ron Johnson cares about the safety of the citizens in Wisconsin. His continued support of law enforcement and those that risk their lives every day to keep all of us safe is appreciated,” said La Crosse Country Sheriff Jeff Wolf. “We need Senator Johnson to continue his efforts for all of us and I am proud to endorse him in the upcoming election.”

“Senator Ron Johnson is concerned about public safety therefore, he is a strong supporter of law enforcement and our efforts to keep citizens safe,” said Clark County Sheriff Scott Haines.

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The poll found only 14% of voters said it was “very likely” Harris would win a general election for president if she became the Democratic nominee. Another 20% said it was “somewhat likely.”

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“I’m proposing today to go two steps further with two important goals: the first, to audit MPS’ programs and operations in their entirety, and the second, to audit the effectiveness of teaching and instruction of our kids in classrooms across the district,” Evers said.

The governor, however, wants to keep the audit within his administration and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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“I’m glad that Gov. Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Gov. Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs [Eric] Wimberger and [Robert] Wittke to discuss authorizing the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and any other involved stakeholders,” LeMahieu said. “The LAB is more than capable of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without the use of outside contractors.”

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