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Republican Party of Jackson County Awarded the Top County Party in the State of Wisconsin.
Each year the Republican Party of Wisconsin recognizes county political parties who demonstrate a high degree of excellence, outstanding achievement and leadership by issuing The Wisconsin Award to the highest performing parties. State GOP officials perform an in-depth assessment of several key areas including county party organization, support of local and state candidates, community interaction, and membership participation, growth and retention. For 2016, the Republican Party of Jackson County received both The Wisconsin Award and the Top County Award, placing #1 of 72 counties. This surpassed their 2015 ranking as the State’s 3rd best county.
The 2016 awards were presented at the 2017 Republican State Convention held May 13th, at the Wisconsin Dells. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Ron Johnson, and Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney presented the award to Republican Party of Jackson County Chairman, Bill Laurent.
Laurent stated it was an honor to accept the award on behalf of county members, who put forth countless hours to make the organization successful. One of the things that made Jackson County standout was the fact that every Republican on the ballot in Jackson County won election in 2016. Five of the six state legislators representing Jackson County voters are now Republican.
Over the past five years, voters in Jackson County have voted Republican by ever widening margins. Republican margins have groan from a two point margin of victory during the last gubernatorial race, to 12 points during the 2016 Presidential election, a whopping 27 point shift from the previous Presidential election.
Politico Magazine specifically recognized Jackson County as one of 9 counties nationally that really mattered in the 2016 Presidential Election.
The mission of the Republican Party of Jackson County is to improve the life of Jackson County Citizens through the election of knowledgeable, conservative representatives who possess impeccable integrity and are dedicated to protecting life, defending liberty, and upholding the United States Constitution at all levels of public office.
You can learn more about the Republican Party of Jackson County at www.jacksonwigop.org or facebook.com/jacksoncountygop.
Legislators Speak at the Jackson County Lincoln Day Dinner
On Sunday, February 26, 2017 state legislators and local representatives spoke to approximately fifty Jackson County Residents at Max's Club 95 during the annual Jackson County Lincoln Day Dinner. The event was organized by the Republican Party of Jackson County and was open to the general public.
Assemblywoman Kathy Bernier (68th District) gave an overview of the biannual state budget. Bernier stated that state finances were in good shape and that legislators had the opportunity for making some fundamental changes to the tax code that would reduce the residential property tax burden on Wisconsin citizens. Bernier also stated she would be holding some environmental town hall meetings in the near future with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Assemblywoman Nancy VanderMeer (70th District) serves as the co-chair of the Veteran's Services committee and gave an overview of upcoming Veteran's services initiatives state legislators are working on. VanderMeer also stated she recently became the Chair of the Committee on Rural Development and Mining, which covers Wisconsin Sand Mining. She is looking forward to her expanded role in the state legislature and serving Jackson County in this capacity.
Assemblyman Treig Pronschinske (92nd District) was one of two freshman state legislators to speak. Pronschinske is a member of the Committee on Children and Families, the Committee on Environment and Forestry, the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, and the Committee on Rural Development and Mining. Pronschinske stated he is a good fit for these committees and that there are a lot of improvements to be made in social services for the rural counties of western Wisconsin.
Senator Patrick Testin (24th District), the second freshman legislator to speak, is Chair of the Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs and Senior Issues, Co-Chair of the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems, Vice-Chair Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry, Vice-Chair of the committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, and serves on the committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism and the committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government. Testin provided an overview of the election and discussed upcoming agricultural legislation.
Jackson County Board of Supervisors Chairman, Ray Ransom, provided the audience with an overview of the top issues being worked on by the County Board of Supervisors. Specifically, Ransom discussed challenges with road funding, county law enforcement service, and foster care services. Ransom also provided an overview of the improvements made to the county courthouse.
A highlight of the evening was hearing from Dr. Lowell Holtz, candidate for state superintendent of Public Schools. Dr. Holtz gave a detailed presentation on a number of areas where Wisconsin can improve public education and discussed the need to return school control to parents and local school boards. Dr. Holtz also discussed the need to reduce the administrative burden on teachers, so teachers can focus on teaching again. Dr. Holtz received Wisconsin Principal of the Year award for turning around a failing inner city school system and was a district administrator for a suburban Milwaukee School district.
Pictured: Assemblyman Treig Pronschinske, Chairman Ray Ransom, Assemblywoman Kathy Bernier, Senator Patrick Testin, Dr. Lowell Holtz, and Assemblywoman Nancy VanderMeer.