Each name on this sample ballot links to a full story

WEAU has a good summary of the April 2 election results

State Superintendent of Public Instruction (vote for one)
Tony Evers

Don Pridemore

Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin (vote for one)
Ed Fallone

Pat Roggensack

Court of Appeals — Wisconsin District 3
Lisa Stark

Eau Claire City Council candidates (vote for up to five)
Catherine Emmanuelle

Eric Getten

Luke Hoppe

Steven Judd

Eric Larsen

Monica Lewis

Mark Olson

David Strobel

Michael Turner

Michael Muoa Xiong

Eau Claire Area School Board candidates (vote for up to three)
Mike Bollinger

Christine Hambuch-Boyle

Bob G. Janke

Steven Lange (withdrew from the race)

Richard Spindler

Chue Xiong

Candidate hopes to improve work force for community

After working in the City Council for the first term three years ago, Mark Olson knows that he needs to be in the office for the second term. Olson has worked in the fire department for 24 years before retiring when he got elected in City Council.

“I didn’t feel the council had a real awareness of labor issues,” Olson said when asked about his reason for running for City Council.

Mark Olson running for a second term for City Council said he has what it takes to help improve our city.
Photo by I-May Choo

During his time in office, Olson has developed a façade program for the strip malls to help with improving the looks especially in areas that they are redeveloping. They also are giving loans to others for improving their building’s outside appearance.

Working with the fire department’s negotiating team gave Olson a good working knowledge when he started on the City Council budget process. He had several years of experience working the budget process and felt there could be improvement that needs to be done to fine money and to make it more transparent to the general public. Olson also introduced a resolution to provide insurance for same sex domestic couples within the city this summer.

Olson said labor issues is the main factor for him running for City Council. He feels that the council has a better understanding of labor issues now. Olson wants to make sure the employees get a fair share when setting up the new rules for the work guide.

“Eau Claire possibly could have a shortage of a work force in five to eight years because of the age of our community,” Olson said and hopes to create more jobs in our community. He would like to bring and keep the entrepreneurs in and improve the quality life of the community. He adds that the university and tech school should have programs available for students to take that the companies are looking for in their work force.

Junior Geraldine Tong in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire agrees that Eau Claire is a city that is mostly comprised of the elder generation and feels that graduated students should be involved to improve the work force in Eau Claire.

“I hope that with jobs offered in the community, it would lead to a bigger and better future for both the newly graduated students as well as Eau Claire.” Tong said.

Olson has three main goals that he wants to achieve when elected as City Council member. The first would be getting the work rule set up correctly. The second is figuring out the Confluence Project and whether it is financially feasible and can sustain itself. Lastly, the economic development of Eau Claire by creating more occupations for the community.

By I-May Choo    

Edited by Koreen Greenhow

Video: Turner says he has upper hand in City Council election

Michael Turner has run for State Assembly and Eau Claire County sheriff in previous elections before. Although he did not win either of them Turner says that those experiences will help him in his run for becoming a City Council member. Turner is not only trying to appeal to the Eau Claire citizen but also to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student body as well.

By Adam Ganske

Edited by Mackenzie Miller

Judd Excited for New Projects and Possibilities

Tuesday Eau Claire will elect five City Council candidates to assume the five At-large seats that are available. One of those candidates, Steven Judd, is a current deferred prosecution coordinator for Eau Claire County. Judd is a graduate of UW-Superior with a degree in criminal justice.

Judd has been working in the criminal justice field since he graduated college, working with many different people such as attorneys and public officials. He believes these experiences are going to benefit him as a potential city council member.

The city of Eau Claire has many issues that are being discussed during this city council election. One of which is what to do with the downtown area. One possible solution is called the Confluence Project, this is really the start of some renewal of old buildings downtown. Located in the Haymarket Area, the project would mean taking down a few of the old historic buildings there.

Judd was very excited about the potential of the Confluence Project saying, “It opens the door for future projects and possibilities.” The talk of the Confluence project excited Judd and he said he believes the city of Eau Claire is headed in the right direction.

Reviving the downtown area is also an important thing for students here at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Current student at UWEC, Adam Lange, believes that updating the downtown area will bring a new energy to everyone in the city. “The downtown area looks a little old and run down, it could really use a facelift,” said Lange. “It needs to be done.”

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UWEC student Jacob Weber puts change into the parking meter after a long search for a parking spot. On campus parking is a big issue among students at UWEC.
Photo by: Slade Tranel

Parking on the UW-Eau Claire campus also is a main issue as it has always seemed to be a problem and is a big topic of discussion among UWEC students. The issues are anywhere from having to pay to park anywhere near campus, to the lots not being big enough, specifically the one for McPhee. Judd states that it is something that needs to be worked on. “Parking in itself is a big issue here,” said Judd, “especially in the downtown area.”

Judd says that parking is an issue on not just at university but also in the downtown area since that is where many students often are. Current Eau Claire student Jacob Weber is also concerned about parking on the university’s campus and is unhappy with the structure of it. “There always seems to be a problem parking here,” said Weber. “There never seems to be any spots, the lots just are not big enough.”

Judd is excited for an opportunity to be a part of the city council and is happy that Eau Claire is headed in the right direction.

By Slade Tranel

Edited by Ben Schneider

Candidate Fallone to end high court ‘dysfunction’

Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone is running in the Tuesday election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. If elected, Fallone plans to rebuild Wisconsin’s Supreme Court system.

UW-Eau Claire sophomore Annie Laskowski likes the knowledge that Fallone has gained through his academic teachings.

UW-Eau Claire sophomore Annie Laskowski likes the knowledge that Fallone has gained through his academic teachings.

“The first thing that we need to face is the dysfunction on the court, and how that has affected how decisions are handed down,” Fallone said. “I will work with my colleagues on the court to resolve the personal bickering and partisan decisions to move the court forward to instill confidence back into our Supreme Court.”

Fallone practiced corporate law for more than 25 years and has been a law professor for the past 20 years.

“With him being a professor he has a feel for what the upcoming generation’s views are on things,” UW-Eau Claire material science major, Annie Laskowski said. “I like how he is trying to make it fairer and how he feels big businesses shouldn’t have more power over the courts decisions.”

Fallone is very active within his community, as he has founded two organizations. Centro Legal helps working families get legal help that would normally be too expensive, and Wisconsin Stem Cell Now is a group that educates and advocates the promotion of stem-cell research.

“This race is all about experience and judicial philosophy,” incumbent Pat Roggensack, Fallone’s opponent, said.

Through his academic background, Fallone said he has learned the intricacies of constitutional law, as well as how to put theories of various famous legal scholars and constitutional Supreme Court justices into the way he understands the law.

“I think that is a very useful perspective to bring,” Fallone said, “and (it) is something that will assist the deliberations of the court.”

By Samantha Griffin

Edited by Amelia Kimball

Justice Roggensack says she will win Wisconsin with ‘experience’

Sitting inside the Haas Fine Arts Center on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus, sophomore music major Teresa Wolfe works on finishing an email while researching the 2013 Wisconsin Supreme Court election to be held Tuesday.

Wolfe said she found out about the election in February, and through her research, has found the election will have an impact on all of Wisconsin based on the decisions and influence of the person elected.

“I look for a Supreme Court justice who is concerned with upholding the laws of Wisconsin, but also changing them if it’s morally or ethically right to do so,” she said.

Teresa Wolfe, sophomore music major, says incumbent Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack's pro-life values and experience are important to her.

Teresa Wolfe says incumbent Supreme Court Justice
Pat Roggensack’s
pro-life values and experience are
important to her.

Because of her time in the court, Roggensack said she knows where in a record to look if there’s a mistake, and she can give the public a thorough review of questions that come to the court. Roggensack also had the unique opportunity to sit on the Court of Appeals, and no other justice has that background. During her time as a justice, she said she has had conversations with her colleagues on how to move the court forward and make it more responsible. She said the Supreme Court, which has existed since the 1800s, is in charge of the budget for the entire judicial branch of government. She felt the court needed to be more careful with the people’s money.

“In February 2011, I got the Supreme Court, with a vote of 7-0, we all agreed, to set up the first Supreme Court Finance Committee in the history of the state of Wisconsin,” Roggensack said.

Roggensack is proud of this accomplishment. She said she loves her job, the opportunity, and the people she works with.

Elijah Freeman, freshman communication and journalism major said experience is one thing he would look for in a justice, along with confidence in their opinion.

“I would want someone who sticks to what they believe in,” he said. “I could stand for someone who even if I don’t necessarily agree with them, I at least know what they’re going to do, and they have a firm set of principles.”

Roggensack said experience is necessary to have on the Supreme Court, and with it comes a job well done for the people of the state.

By Amelia Kimball

Edited by Samantha Griffin