Racine County Fair Wednesday July 25th - Sunday July 29th

Stop in the Racine County GOP booth at the Racine County Fair! Free parking and reasonable admission, fun for the whole family.

The GOP booth will have TONS of information on DISTRICTS for November (who are your legislators)  Along with information on all of the races in Racine County in 2012.

We will have MANY visits by candidates AND elected officials.  We will have information on all four US Senate candidates and all of them have been invited to the fair booth.

We will have limited quantities of shirts, yard signs, buttons, bumper stickers, etc.

See you at the fair!!!

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer for a 3 hour shift.

GOTV - Volunteer TODAY!

As we reach the last week of the campaign, the office needs a lot of help to Get Out the Vote. We are going to need the phones full and doors knocked at all times.
I will also need the front desk monitored and volunteers fed at all times as well. If you can help or sign up for at least two shifts between now and June 5th in the office please contact Joe at 608-298-8441. Let's not wake up on June 6th regretting that we could have done a little more.

Thank You, Joe Leveratto

Josef Leveratto Field Director
Republican Party of Wisconsin 6211 Durand Ave. Suite 203 Racine, WI 53406

Republican Party to Open Victory Center for Racine County

January 4, 2012 The State Republican Party will officially opened up the Racine County GOP Victory Center, 6211 Durand Ave on Saturday, January 7th.  The Victory Center will be the hub for all GOP candidates in 2012 and will begin to receive collateral material such as literature, signs, bumper stickers and other items immediately.

"Racine is central to ensuring a Republican victories in 2012 and the State Party has recognized that.  In 2010, 56% of Racine County voted for Governor Walker and Senator Johnson and 52% voted for State Senator Wanggaard," stated Racine County GOP Chairman, Bill Folk.  "Racine is ready to do it again in 2012."

The Victory Center will be staffed Monday through Saturday 9-9.

Grand Opening to be held Saturday, January 7th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Please join Senator Van Wanggaard and many other Racine County Elected Officials to learn how you can help keep Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch and Senator Wanggaard in office

Phone: 262-864-1010


Budget Repair Bill is a Good Start

February 11, 2011Contact: Bill Folk, Chairman, 414-975-3600

Budget Repair Bill is a Good Start

Representative Mason remains out of touch with the people of Racine

Today Governor Walker introduced an Emergency Budget Repair Bill that will immediately addressthe $137 million dollar deficit in our state's current budget. Additionally this will begin to speak to theDemocrat raid on the Patients' Compensation Fund of $225 million.

This bill will:

- require all public sector employees that are in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) to contribute50% of the annual retirement contribution - require all state employees to contribute an average of 12.6% (up from only 6%) of the cost of theirhealth insurance – far less than most workers in the private sector contribute. - limit most public employee collective bargaining to wage negotiations only - limit increases in total wage compensation on collective bargaining to the increase in the ConsumerPrice Index (CPI) unless approved by a referendum - prohibit Limited Term Employees (part-time employees) from being eligible for healthcare benefits andparticipation in the WRS

The Racine County Republican Party supports Governor Walker and his attempts to control spending inWisconsin. Without these actions the Governor has made it clear that implementation of furloughs andlayoffs would have to result in order to bring the budget back in line.

"I was shocked to read that Representative Mason (D - Racine) believes that this bill is "an assault onWisconsin’s working families" and that it "is an attack on the hardworking men and women in Racine"stated Bill Folk, Racine County GOP Chairman. "If Representative Mason would spend any time withthe people of Racine who work in the private sector he would quickly realize the he is woefully out oftouch."

"Ask yourself this: how much do you contribute to your own retirement and healthcare plans? Is it fairto ask the taxpayers to foot the bill for those who pay far less than we do?" asked Chairman Folk

Authorized and Paid for by the Racine County Republican Party, Tom Bode, Treasurer

Board Members Individually Endorse LG Candidates

For Immediate Release September 1, 2010

Contact:  Bill Folk, Chairman, 414-975-3600

Board Members Individually Endorse LG Candidates

Racine County GOP does not endorse a single candidate but many


The Racine County Republican Party has not endorsed a single candidate for Lieutenant Governor but the individual board members each have their favorite.

A recent change to the county party’s by-laws has allowed board members an opportunity to endorse state and federal candidates for office.  The following is a listing of the board members that have chosen to endorse.


Dave Ross is endorsed by:

Derek Adams – elected board member


Rebecca Kleefisch is endorsed by:

Kevin Cronin – appointed board member

Mike Gabbey – appointed board member


Brett Davis is endorsed by:

Bill Folk – county party chairman

Scott Rausch – elected board member and past chairman

Sue Ermert – elected board member

Nancy Milholland – appointed board member

The remaining five board members have opted not to publicly endorse a candidate for this office.


Racine County Republican Party Welcomes Elected Officials and Candidates

For Immediate Release

July  27, 2010

Contact: Kevin Cronin, County Fair Volunteer Coordinator, 262-497-7379

                   Bill Folk, Chairman, 414-975-3600

Racine County Republican Party Welcomes Elected Officials and Candidates

Racine County GOP will be hosting elected officials and candidates at our County Fair Tent

Once again the Racine County Republican Party will have a large showing at the County Fair.  The tent is located just inside Gate 5 and will host a variety of elected officials and candidates for office the entire weekend.

"This year people were calling or emailing daily asking how they could get involved and if they could volunteer at the fair.  People are motivated to see Racine and Wisconsin turn 'Red' this year," stated Kevin Cronin, GOP board member and this year's County Fair Coordinator.  "Candidates for office and elected officials will be here nearly the whole time and we welcome them all."

Schedule of Confirmed Guests:

Candidate for Sheriff - Gonzalo Gonzalez: Wed-Sun 10-7

County Supervisor & candidate for Sheriff - Ronald Molnar: Wed-Sun 10-7

Candidate for State Assembly - Chris Wright: Wed-Fri 4-7, Sat 7-10, Sun 1-4

County Supervisor & candidate for the State Senate - Van Wanggaaard: Wed-Sun 5-7

County Register of Deeds Jim Ladwig: Wednesday 10-4

County Clerk Wendy Christensen: Wednesday 7-10

State Representative Samantha Kerkman: Thursday 10-4

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor - Rebecca Kleefisch: Friday 5

Candidate for State Treasurer - Kurt Schuller: Friday 1-4

Candidate for State Senate - Bob Gulan: Friday 7-10

District Attorney Mike Nieskes: Saturday 10-1

Congressman Paul Ryan: Saturday 12-4

State Representative & candidate for Lieutenant Governor - Brett Davis: Sat no specified time

State Representative Robin Vos - No set time

Candidate for US Senate - Ron Johnson - No set time

Candidate for US Senate - David Westlake - No set time

Candidate for Secretary of State - David King - No set time

Candidate for State Treasurer - Scott Feldt - No set time

Other Invited Guest Included:

State Attorney General JB Van Hollen

Mayor of Superior & candidate for Lieutenant Governor - Dave Ross

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Robert Lorge

Candidate for Sheriff - Chris Schmalling - has his own tent

State Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus

American's for Prosperity, Wisconsin Chapter Chairman Mark Block

The Racine County Fair is Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 1 for more information on the Racine County Fair visit: 



Obama is Coming to Wisconsin to Talk About the Economy

Please join the Racine TEA Party tomorrow Wednesday, June 30th as we rally to welcome Barack Obama to Racine.

Bring signs to tell the President what you think of his job on the economy.

We will meet at NOON in front of Festival Hall - 5 5th Street, Racine WI…Map link:

Response with Paul Ryan to follow - Location TBD

  • Take the Racine Journal Times Presidential job rating online poll:

Hope to see you there!!!

Press Release: Mason & Turner vote to table expulsion of a five-time OWI recipient

For Immediate Release     April 21, 2010                                                                                      

Contact: Chairman Bill Folk

Mason & Turner vote to table expulsion of a five-time OWI recipient

They opt instead to issue a stern note to Rep. Wood.

The Racine County Republican Party was shocked to hear that five-time drunk driver and currently sitting State Representative Jeff Wood (I - Chippewa Falls) was not expelled by the State Assembly last night.  In a move that was both stunning and telling the bill that would have removed Rep. Wood from the legislature was tabled by assembly democrats including Racine's very own Cory Mason and Robert Turner and only a censure was issued.

"Censure is the equivalent to sending a note home with a grade-schooler," stated Racine County Republican Chairman Bill Folk.  "I simply cannot believe that any representative from Racine would want to keep someone who is both dangerous to the community and irresponsible in his actions in the state legislature."

In fact, all but four democrats voted in favor of tabling the expulsion including Racine democrats Mason and Turner (49-48).  Expulsion would have removed Rep Wood from his seat entirely.  The censure passed on a vote of 73-24.

"I believe that this was politics in action. Democrats currently need every vote that they can find and representatives like Cory Mason traded away their care for the people that drive the roads between Madison and Chippewa Falls for Rep. Wood's vote," stated Chairman Folk. "I'm appalled at this blatant catering to a criminal and wonder why MADD, SADD, and the rest of these advocacy groups have been silent on this issue."

Rep. Wood's district is 189 miles from Madison and like most legislators travels to and from his home district on a regular basis.


Racine County GOP Recognizes Dona Poelman as this year's Anita Hunt Award Winner

For Immediate Release February 28, 2010

Contact: Bill Folk, Chairman, 414-975-3600

Racine County GOP Recognizes Dona Poelman as this year's Anita Hunt Award Winner

On Friday, February 26, 2010, the Racine County Republican Party recognized Dona Poelman for her years of continued service to the Racine County Republican Party, State and Local Elected Officials and her ongoing desire to make Racine and Wisconsin a better place to live.

In honor of Anita Hunt, a long time conservative activist for the Racine County Republican Party, this award is given annually to a volunteer that has continued to serve the community, the candidates, and the party in an ongoing role.

"Dona has always been active in her own way and recently came back to us and said 'I'd like to take over the county fair booth,'" stated Bill Folk, Racine County GOP Chairman, "What was I to say?  She organized it, scheduled the volunteers and got things done.  She will be good for the Walker campaign and she remains a tireless volunteer for Racine."

Dona has served the County Party as a past Chairman and Vice Chairman and is currently the county co-chair for the Walker for Governor campaign.


Racine County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner

We are proud to announce that our Racine County Lincoln Day Dinner will be held on Friday, February 26th at the Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave, 5:30 PM cocktails, 6:30 dinner & program. There will be plenty of elected officials and candidates on hand including the following invited guest speakers:

RPW Chairman Reince Priebus, US Senate candidates Terrence Wall & Dave Westlake,  and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann & Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker.  Congressman Ryan was invited to speak however he will be unable to make this event.

In addition our keynote speakers will be:

Mark Block - Wisconsin State Director of Americans for Prosperity


Vicki McKenna - WISN 1130 Talk Show Host

RSVPs are required to attend.

If you'd like to RSVP please print out the form (here) and mail it in. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Press Release: Mason uses donor to write legislation!?

For Immediate Release

January 18, 2010 

Contact: Bill Folk, Chairman, 414-975-3600

Mason uses donor to write legislation!?

The Racine County Republican Party would like to thank reporter Tony Galli of WKOW in Madison for breaking the news that State Representative Cory Mason allowed former legislator Jeff Neubauer, who currently owns a cleaning company, to not only direct legislation but to help write it.

The news report, which can be found online at, shows that in an email from Neubauer to Mason, Neubauer states "Announce and release the bill in the form that is attached on Friday."

"This is simply unacceptable," stated Bill Folk, Racine County GOP Chairman, "The people of the 62nd Assembly District elected Cory Mason, not Jeff Neubauer to represent them.  Mr. Neubauer's interest in this legislation, as well as his contributions to Mason, clearly show that there was a conflict that should have been clearly outlined prior to the introduction of the legislation."

This Saturday Rep. Mason showed his hypocrisy when speaking with a reporter on WTMJ4 about the T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party Bon-Fire in Racine County.  Mason stated "Really we need to have constructive dialog where we pull everybody together."

"We'd like to know where was this dialog before he presented Neubauer's legislation as his own?" stated Chairman Folk


The Racine County Republican Party announces its annual caucus

For Immediate Release January 1, 2010

Contact:  Bill Folk, Chairman

The Racine County Republican Party announces its annual caucus.

The Racine County Republican Party would like to inform all paid 2010 members that on Monday, February 8, 2010, 6:00 PM we will hold our annual caucus. 

The caucus will be held at Tri City Bank; 8710 Durand Ave, Sturtevant.  While there are no board elections this year there will be a proposed change to the constitution as well as the selection of delegates to the District Caucus and State Convention.

To be eligible to vote at the caucus you must be a 2010 paid member as of January 25, 2010.