You may not realize this, but there’s an election right around the corner. No, not in November, but in less than two weeks.
Primary elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and many state legislative seats will be held on Tuesday, August 12th.
There are several hotly contested races for State Senate and Assembly on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. In many of these cases the primary will be the only real election as the nominee will face no candidate from the other party or the district will be so heavily weighted toward one party that the other party’s nomine will have little hope of success.
So, primaries are important. To give you the best information on our issues that we can we’ve sent a survey to all candidates who are involved in a primary. Check it out below – search for your candidate by name or by district. For the fall we’ll have a more sophisticated searchable database under “VoteBike.org.”
Keep in mind that our tax status does not allow us to endorse candidates, but we can provide information on where they stand on our issues.
Here’s the questions from the survey we sent out last week. Candidates responded with a 1-5 rating and optional comment. All comments and candidate website submissions are presented unedited and as-is. We also asked each candidate for their favorite bicycling experience in Wisconsin.
- The Bike Fed has established a goal of “Two Wheels, Two Feet, Two Percent.” Our goal is to get 2% of the state transportation budget to be allocated to non-motorized transportation modes. Currently about 0.2% of the budget is allocated to bicycle and pedestrian projects, yet biking and walking make up 4.2% of all trips in our state. How likely are you to work with us in achieving this goal in no more than two budget cycles?
- The Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and the Bike Fed have partnered to hire a consultant to create a state bikeways plan and proposed network. Plans should be done within a year. How likely are you to work with the Bike Fed, the tourism industry and other partners to build out the network within five years?
- The Vulernable Users law (2013 SB-307) would increase penalties for drivers who through carelessness injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians, police officers working in the line of duty, farmers driving farm vehicles and other vulnerable road users. The new penalties passed committees in both houses last session but were stripped out of the final bill. Would you support the vulnerable users bill when it is reintroduced next session?
Check out the responses below – filter by district or race type, or search by candidate name or district number. (Click here to find your district).