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Kenosha News editorial: Your vote on Tuesday is no less important

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There was massive turnout for the presidential election on Nov. 3: 81,268,924 million people voted for Joe Biden, and 75,216,154 million voted for Donald Trump. Turnout was an estimated 66.7 percent of eligible voters nationally.

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Turnout was even stronger locally:

Of Racine County’s approximately 120,000 registered voters, nearly 106,763 participated in the presidential election. That puts Racine County’s 2020 registered voter turnout at 89%, up from 86% in 2016, according to County Clerk Wendy Christensen.

In Kenosha County, about 70% of voting-age residents in the county cast ballots in the election.

We have no illusions that turnout will be nearly as strong for Tuesday’s elections.

That is unfortunate. Because the elections on Tuesday will have far more impact on your daily life than the ones held in November.

School board elections? If you’ve ever closely inspected your property-tax bill, you know how much of that annual check-writing is related to your local school district. If you have school-age children, don’t you want to make sure people whose values align with yours are on your district’s school board?

As for municipal elections, those are the people who are deciding on whether the road near your house will be widened, on whether that new business is going to be allowed to move into your town.

There also are judicial elections, including two hotly contested Circuit Court races in Kenosha County and a state Appellate Court race for the district that includes Kenosha County.

A statewide office — superintendent of schools — is also on the ballot. Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly have presented differing visions of how public education should operate in Wisconsin; you may find yourself strongly agreeing, or strongly disagreeing, with one or the other.

With the spring election happening on April 6, Milwaukee Press Club and WisPolitics.com hosted a forum with the State Department of Public Instruction Superintendent candidates Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly to discuss issues affecting public education in Wisconsin. This segment focuses on their responses to bills coming out that limit the participation of transgender students in sports. Kerr said that she does not support transgender participation in specific gendered teams but would support bills that focus on coed sports participation. Underly commented that Kerr's response was transphobic and emphasized the need to enforce anti-bullying and anti-harassment in schools and in society.

Watch the full program: https://wiseye.org/2021/04/01/milwaukee-press-club-candidates-for-state-dpi-superintendent/

Subscribe to Morning Minute: https://wiseye.org/morning-minute/

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We’re here today to encourage you to take some time between now and Tuesday to make a plan to vote. You’ve still got time to get up to speed on your local elections. This newspaper has, over the past month, published stories on those elections; you can find all those stories on our website.

Every four years, millions of people show up to vote for president of the United States. But the election for the president of your local school board, or for president of your municipal government, is no less important.

Exercise your right to vote on Tuesday.

Spring Election Guide: Information on candidates for state and local races, referendums

Attached are articles and reports related to the April 6 general election.

This collection will be regularly updated, so check back at kenoshanews.com.

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The mix of contested state and local races for judgeships, education leadership roles and municipal government seats across Kenosha County sho…

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Judge candidates vying for seats in Kenosha County’s first and sixth circuit court branches in the April 6 election tackled issues of equal ac…

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Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Kenosha Unified School Board in the April 6 election.

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MADISON — The race to become Wisconsin’s top education official that is open for the first time in more than a decade pits a rural superintend…

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Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Kenosha Unified School Board in the April 6 election.

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Four west county school districts will ask voters for additional funds via referendums in the April 6 general election. Two districts are seek…

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Racism, mental health and virtual learning’s effect on education post-pandemic were among the issues district residents asked candidates vying…

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In-person absentee voting starts Tuesday, March 23, for the April 6 general election.

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The Kenosha News posed several questions to the candidates and will run their answers to the questions over the next several days.

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Perhaps the most high-profile local race in the coming April 6 election is the one for Kenosha County Circuit Court Branch 6 judge.

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TREVOR — Three newcomers to elected office are vying for two seats on the Trevor-Wilmot Board of Education in the April 6 election.

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TWIN LAKES — A registered write-in candidate, who will not appear on the April 6 general election ballot, has emerged to challenge incumbent T…

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The Kenosha Unified School District is scheduled to livestream and video record a School Board candidate panel discussion, hosted and moderate…

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NAMI Kenosha County is planning to host its fifth circuit court judge candidate public forum via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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WILMOT — Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Wilmot Union High School Board of Education in the April 6 general election.

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TWIN LAKES — Three incumbents and a newcomer will vie for three Twin Lakes Trustee seats in the April 6 general election.

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PADDOCK LAKE — Four candidates are vying for three trustee seats on the Paddock Lake Village Board in the April 6 general election.

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PADDOCK LAKE — John Poole has challenged incumbent Cheryl Baysinger for the Paddock Lake seat on the Westosha Central High School Board of Edu…

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WHEATLAND — Longtime Town chairman William Glembocki is being challenged by Diane Grenus in the April 6 general election.

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Judge Larisa Benitez-Morgan, appointed to the Kenosha County Circuit Court early last year, will have a challenger in her first run for electi…

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Candidates for the Kenosha County Circuit Court Branch 1 judgeship recently spoke on issues of equity and equality, technology in the courtroo…

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A Kenosha defense attorney and the county’s deputy district attorney will square off in the April general election in the race for the Kenosha…

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The majority of contested races throughout Kenosha County in April will be to fill school board seats, the slate of candidates announced this …

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State superintendent candidates Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly will advance to the spring election which will determine who will be Wisconsin’s next top education official.

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Judge Larisa Benitez-Morgan, appointed to the Kenosha County Circuit Court early this year, will have a challenger in her first run for electi…

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MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin state schools superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr is proposing decentralizing the Department of Public Instruction and…

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