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A Correction

In a quick piece about the GOP candidates for the 59th Assembly District, I said:

My concern with Ramthun is that he has also been on the Kewaskum School Board for the past several years and helped push though a massive school building referendum. The process leading up to that referendum used all of the shady techniques we’ve come to expect from some school boards and Ramthun was in the thick of it.

Upon speaking with Mr. Ramthun, I mischaracterized his involvement. He was off the school board from 2014 to 2016 when the committee work and biased survey took place. He was reelected to the board in the Spring of 2016. He did vote “yes” to put the referendum on the ballot in August of 2016. He says that he opposed the referendum and thought it would fail. He also voted against borrowing more money when the project costs exceeded the referendum amount.

GOP Primary in the 59th Assembly District

There is a very interesting primary election happening in the 59th Assembly District. There are four very different Republicans vying for a very Conservative district. In a different summer, I would have spent a lot more time digging into the race. These are the ones I enjoy evaluating. But alas, I’ve been busy and haven’t had the time. That being said, below are some general thoughts and impressions as a casual observer.

As I said, the 59th district is very conservative and has been represented by strong conservatives for a generation. The incumbent, Jesse Kremer, has decided to return to the private sector, so it is an open run. I don’t think there is even a Democrat running. Even if there was, history would tell us that whoever wins the GOP primary election will be the next representative. There are four GOP candidates, so the winner could be elected by just 26% of GOP primary voters in a low-turnout summer election

The district has an odd geography. It covers the City of Hartford (its largest city at 14,000 people), and then winds to the north and east to include Kewaskum, Campbellsport, Eden, and all the way up to New Holstein. Here’s the map. So it is mostly rural with a couple of small cities.

I have been on the receiving end of countless letters to the editor (I’m on a lot of distribution lists), private comments, and met a couple of the candidates. Here are my general, casual-observer-from-the-neighboring-district thoughts on the four GOP candidates.

Ty Bodden is a young guy who worked for the incumbent, Jesse Kremer, on his campaign and as a legislative aide. He is a doctrinaire conservative with all of the appropriate credentials. He is actually endorsed by Representative Kremer, which is a bit unusual, but clearly Kremer trusts his steadfast conservatism. My worry with candidates like this is always the lack of life experience. Given the choice between a conservative with a lot of experience in the world and one whose primary experience is from the perspective of political office, I tend to lean toward the more experienced conservatives. That being said, I don’t think the voters would be disappointed with Bodden as their representative.

Ken Depperman is a Fond du Lac County Supervisor who touts himself as a “Fiscal Conservative with a Social Conscience.” I’m not sure that what means, but apparently his social conscience led him to sign the recall petition for Governor Walker a few years ago. That disqualifies his for office as a Republican in my book.

Rachel Mixon hails from the largest city in the district, Hartford, and currently serves on its Council. She’s a 20-year teacher at a private religious high school. She also has all of the requisite conservative credentials and endorsements, including a former holder of this seat, Don Pridemore. I did have a chance to meet with Mrs. Mixon at some event. We spoke about a few top-of-mind issues and I thought she was thoughtful with a conservative approach to problem solving.

Timothy Ramthun is a Kewaskum (second largest community in the district) native whose experience is primarily in the private sector. He touts himself as a conservative and has a pro-life endorsement. His strength is several decades in the private sector in various leadership positions. My concern with Ramthun is that he has also been on the Kewaskum School Board for the past several years and helped push though a massive school building referendum. The process leading up to that referendum used all of the shady techniques we’ve come to expect from some school boards and Ramthun was in the thick of it. He lists as one of his issues, “Supports Improving Public Education / reform the out-dated State subsidy formula.” Given his record on the Kewaskum School Board, he seems to be one of those folks who thinks that the problems in our education system can only be fixed with more money. We don’t need another Republican in Madison looking to increase spending.

So, there’s my two cents. If I had to vote in that election, I would vote for Mixon or Bodden. I encourage the Republicans in that district to do some homework and get out and vote. you have an interesting choice to make.


Forum for Candidates For 59th Tomorrow

FYI. Common Sense Citizens of Washington County are hosting a forum tomorrow:

Wednesday night, July 11th will be the voter forum for the four candidates running for the open 59th Assembly seat. The forum will begin at 7:00 and is at the West Bend Moose Lodge.

This is shaping up to be a very interesting race. I’ll have more on it in the days to come.

Another Candidate Jumps into 59th Assembly Race

It’s getting crowded. Here’s the press release.

Today, Rachel Mixon made it official! She will be a candidate for District #59 of the Wisconsin State Assembly. The 59th includes Northern Washington, Eastern Fond du Lac, Western Sheboygan and Southern Calumet Counties.

She is looking to fill the very large shoes of retiring Representative, Jesse Kremer. Mixon, who is currently serving as an Alderperson on the Hartford’s Common Council representing District 3 since 2012, was asked to run by her peers. She will run as a Republican. A demonstrated and dedicated conservative, Mixon considers it a great honor to even be considered and encouraged by her peers to serve the people of the 59th.

Mixon comes from a long line of family members who have faithfully answered the call to give back to their local communities. After much consideration and soul searching, as well as receiving input from friends, neighbors and the Divine, the decision was made.

Since graduating from Cornerstone University (MI) in 1997, where she obtained her teaching degree, Rachel has been a professional educator at Brookfield Academy for 21 years and has been promoted to Department Chair. In her professional career, Mixon made her mark by demanding excellence from herself, her students, and those around her. In her six years on the Council of the largest population center in the district, Mixon has gotten to know how local government works. She was instrumental in planning the current police building without having to raise taxes. Mixon hopes to take her council experience to Madison.

Rachel Mixon will always make herself accessible to those in the District and plans to visit as many Village and Town meetings as possible before the primary so that she can meet those whom she would be serving, and more importantly, learn of their concerns and needs.

In addition to focusing on Education and Education Reform issue solutions, as a Representative, Mixon will work with the districts’ farming communities! Rachel has lived in the district for over 14 years with her supportive family which includes her husband, Dave and son, Luke, 17.  She will work tirelessly to ease the farm family’s transition from one generation to the next. “Farm families should not be burdened by excessive taxes when transferring farm ownership. The family farm has been and will always be the backbone of this country. I have great respect for farmers who are willing to sacrifice their time, talents, and long hours working the soil in order to feed their families as opposed to those of us who have chosen a much easier and lucrative career.”

The primary election is AUGUST 14, 2018!

Another Candidate Jumps in to the 59th

From the email.

Stockbridge – Ty Bodden has formally announced his bid for the 59th Assembly District. Representative Jesse Kremer recently announced that he will not be seeking a third term in office and will be returning to the private sector. Bodden is currently a member of the Stockbridge Village Board.
Bodden was born in Madison but later moved to Highland Avenue in Kewaskum before residing in St. Cloud. He would return to St. Cloud for a second time later on and still has family scattered throughout the Holyland area. Bodden attended Consolidated Catholic Schools in Lomira & Theresa until 8th grade, where he played basketball against Shepard of the Hills in Eden, St. Matthew’s in Campbellsport and Holy Trinity in Kewaskum. Bodden attended Stockbridge High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration, along with a Business Administration minor, from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. While there, he was the Co-founder and Vice-President of the College Republicans. He will be graduating with his Master’s in Public Administration this May. Bodden married his high school sweetheart, Paige, in July of 2016. The two have been together for nearly nine years.
Bodden served as Representative Jesse Kremer’s Campaign Manager in 2014 and assisted State Senator Duey Stroebel in his special election campaign in the winter of 2015. In addition to those two campaigns, he has worked with countless other candidates around the area over the years. He is currently the Farm and Nonprofit Manager of Cristo Rey Ranch, which is located adjacent to Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mt. Calvary. Cristo Rey Ranch is a farm and a nonprofit organization that focuses on animal therapy for children and young adults with autism and other disabilities. They also provide services for the elderly and have a work-training program for people with special needs. Bodden is also a coach of the Stockbridge 7th & 8th grade middle school basketball team.
Bodden is a pro-life advocate as well as an NRA member and a strong supporter of our 2nd amendment rights. He promises to protect and support the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, as well as the Constitution of the United States of America. One of his main goals is to create and support policies that help farmers. In addition to that, he wants to make sure there are more job training opportunities for our high school and college students, especially tech school students, so we can not only increase graduation rates, but also help those students to be more successful in the workforce. Bodden can be easily reached by phone at (920) 624-2289 or by email at If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email. Bodden pledges to be transparent and will respond to every legitimate call and email he receives!



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