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

Thursday, May 24th 2012 please attend Senator Wanggaard / Lehman forum at 7:00pm

Live Candidates Forum for 21st Senate District Race Set for May 24

Patch, with a couple of our media partners, are hosting, broadcasting and streaming live a candidate forum for the recall election in the 21st Senate District. We have a May 24 date at Mount Pleasant Village Hall. Will you join us?

State Sen. Van Wanggaard and former state Sen. John Lehman have both agreed to participate in a live candidates forum for therecall election in the 21st Senate District.

Sponsored by the Caledonia and Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch sites, with help from WGTD Radio, the debate is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 pm May 24 at Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive.

WGTD will broadcast the forum live on 91.1FM.

Lehman came out the winner of the May 8 recall primary against Tamra Varebrook, the "protest" candidate tapped by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Our moderator for the evening will be Patch Regional Editor Mark Maley, and our timekeeper will be Bob Haggarty, president of Haggarty Insurance and Financial Services in Kenosha.

The format will go as follows:

  • 90-minutes, from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Candidates will each have two (2) minute introductions
  • Six (6) questions prepared by Patch and WGTD
  • Candidates will alternate answering questions with three (3) minutes for their primary answer
  • Each candidate will get an additional minute for rebuttal and response
  • Upon entering the auditorium, audience members will be asked to write questions on notecards, which will be delivered to the moderator
  • Moderator will choose four (4) questions that are different than what has already been asked
  • Candidates will each have three (3) minutes to answer, again alternating who answers first
  • There will not be rebuttals during this portion of the forum
  • Candidates will each have two (2) minute conclusions

We hope to see you there.

Wanggaard to hold listening sessions this week

Thursday February 23rd 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Burlington Police Department courtroom, 224 E. Jefferson St. 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ives Grove County Building, 14200 Washington Ave., Yorkville (Paul Jadin, CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., is scheduled to attend this session)

Friday February 24th 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Racine Police Department auditorium, 730 Center St. (Reggie Newson, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary, is scheduled to attend that session)

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Union Grove Municipal Building, 925 15th Ave. (Highway 11 at Highway 45).

Read more:

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


RPW Press Release


December 13, 2011
Contact: Ciara Matthews
Voters Asked to Help Bring Fairness to the Recall Effort
Madison, Wis. – The Republican Party of Wisconsin and Friends of Scott Walker today announced the official launch of a joint recall signature verification effort at The new landing page will be a resource for citizens who want to get involved in the forthcoming process of verifying signatures collected during the recall petition process.
This effort to verify signatures is in response to repeated allegations of individuals signing multiple recall petitions. The Government Accountability Board has ruled that the burden of verifying collected signatures will fall upon Governor Walker, and the Republican Party of Wisconsin. The Friends of Scott Walker campaign will be overseeing a massive statewide volunteer effort to ensure that the recall effort is not tainted by these repeated instances of fraud.
"As the only legal entities able to officially challenge duplicate signatures, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is proud to join Friends of Scott Walker in this joint effort to protect the recall process," said Stephan Thompson, Executive Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "A majority of citizens have grown increasingly frustrated with the recall process, and this effort allows these people to get involved and protect their state from repeated fraudulent activity."
Ciara Matthews, communications director for Friends of Scott Walker also noted that help from the Governor’s supporters in this verification effort allows Governor Walker to continue to get his message out to voters.
"The Governor has spent his first year in office laying the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin,” Matthews explained. “It is important for him to continue talking with Wisconsinites about how his bold reforms are the first steps in putting state government back on the side of taxpayers.”
Citizens interested in volunteering for the signature verification effort are encouraged to visit or contact Friends of Scott Walker at (608) 441-1640.

Recall Integrity Center

Statewide, the Recall Integrity Center is the central location for documenting and investigating any cases of fraud, intimidation, or other shady tactics as the left attempts to recall Governor Walker.

Please submit videos, recordings, and incident reports documenting the strong armed tactics of big labor and the Democrats so we can ensure they are held accountable for their actions.

An Open Letter to the People of Racine County

An Open Letter to the People of Racine County

First, allow me thank those who called, emailed, and visited me in Madison over the past week. The vast majority of those citizens have been courteous and respectful. I want everyone to know that, and I want to thank you for that. My office has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails from constituents sharing their concerns about the budget repair bill. Our voicemail box has been full since Sunday and impossible to empty. To those who could not get through, I apologize—we did the best we could.

I ran for State Senate because Wisconsin is in crisis. I took the oath of office with the knowledge that the state’s current fiscal path is not sustainable in the long term. Over the last six weeks, as I have been briefed on the state of Wisconsin finances, my thoughts have changed. I now know that Wisconsin’s budget trajectory is not sustainable even in the short term.

Wisconsin has a $3.6 billion deficit. We owe over $56 million to the state of Minnesota, accruing interest daily. We owe $200 million to the Patients Compensation Fund. To continue meeting the health needs of Wisconsin families, Medicaid requires an additional $153 million by June 30th. Our budget crisis is not in six months. It is now.

I never imagined I would be voting on something as emotionally charged as this budget repair bill. This debate is not just emotional for the thousands who emailed, called and visited my office over the last week— it is emotional and personal for me. My daughter is a teacher. My neighbors and friends are union. I was a negotiator for the Racine Police Association and a proud public union member for thirty years. I know, personally, the value of opposing parties coming together to find mutual agreement.

But Wisconsin’s budget shortfall can be ignored no longer. The simple truth is this: collective bargaining is changing because Wisconsin’s fiscal crisis demands it. I have heard the concerns of my constituents that they would lose crucial workplace protections. I have worked with my Senate colleagues to ensure that workers at the state and local level, including teachers, have these workplace protections. It is important to note that:

  • State and local employees who have civil service protections for grievance and discipline retain those rights.
  • Public workers serving without these protections will now have those protections.
  • Progressive Discipline still exists.
  • Just Cause is still required for termination.
  • Workplace safety must be addressed at all levels of government
  • Workers retain the right to have a representative present at any grievance, termination, or discipline hearing.
  • The union still exists.

I would not have supported the bill without these additional worker protections.

I believe this will be the most difficult vote I will ever take. I have lost sleep over this vote, I have agonized over this vote and I have prayed for guidance on this vote. No compromise is perfect and it is said that a good compromise leaves everyone unhappy. That is certainly the case today.

I have debated, argued, fought, and fought some more to retain and add these critical worker protections. The alternatives are no protections and no worker rights or massive worker layoffs. I would much rather have workers keep their jobs and their protections.

This bill has my support because it is better than the alternatives.



AUGUST 25, 2010


Racine County Tavern League Endorses Wanggaard



Today the Racine County Tavern League announced it has endorsed Van Wanggaard’s candidacy for state senate.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Racine County Tavern League,” Wanggaard stated. “Along with working hard to provide jobs to residents of Racine County, the Racine County Tavern League is extremely active with charitable causes locally.

“It is exciting to have this local organization’s backing as I spread my message of fiscal responsibility, and fight to put an end to big-government overregulation and excessive taxation.

“Small business owners are the backbone of our economy, and misguided policies, like the creation of a new income-tax bracket that affected 20,000 small businesses statewide, need to be stopped in their tracks.

“With the Racine County Tavern League’s endorsement, it sends a message to Racine County taxpayers that I will fight for them, and their jobs, as their next state senator.”

The Racine County Tavern League is made up of 51-privately owned taverns in Racine County and elsewhere.

Wanggaard, a Republican, is running against 14-year incumbent senator John Lehman for the 21


st state senate district seat.


John Kerry Understands What John Lehman Doesn't

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            AUGUST 04, 2010                                                             

Contact: Van Wanggaard

(262) 930-6503

John Kerry Realizes What John Lehman Doesn’t

[RACINE] – Earlier this week, several Democrats on Capitol Hill hinted at the possibility of allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to continue.  The tax cuts, which liberals ardently bashed as “tax cuts for the rich,” are set to expire, but some Democrats (most notably Sen. John Kerry) are changing their tune and admitting that the cuts need to remain in place to stimulate the nation’s economy. 

Just last year, a similar debate took place during the 2009-10 state budget deliberations.  Incumbent Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) and his liberal allies argued that to close the multi-billion dollar budget deficit, tax increases on Wisconsin’s top-earners were necessary. 

A new income tax bracket was created that increased the top marginal tax rate to 7.75%, which was estimated by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau to affect over 28,000 taxpayers. The problem with Senator Lehman’s logic is that this $287 million tax increase doesn’t just pull money from the wallets of “rich people.”  It is a direct tax increase levied on our state’s job creators: small businesses.  70% (or almost 20,000) of those affected by the tax increase are small businesses filing as S-Corps or sole proprietors.

“Senator Lehman has repeatedly attacked me for supporting tax cuts for the rich, but that is nothing more than desperate election-year rhetoric to deflect attention away from the huge tax hit that he levied on Racine’s small business community,” Wanggaard stated.

“We can’t trust Senator Lehman to do what’s right for Racine.  He has proven time and time again that he will sacrifice local jobs to pay for pet projects backed by liberal special-interests.  Lehman is spinning his wheels to figure out how to justify this job-killing tax assault to his constituents.” 

As Racine County suffers from nearly double-digit unemployment, this move is yet another blow to companies that are struggling to make ends meet.  It will certainly lead to lost jobs, and will likely lead to businesses shutting down or moving out of the area.

“John Kerry realizes that hammering job-creators with tax increases is bad economic policy.  It is unfortunate for Racine that John Lehman doesn’t.”


PRESS RELEASE - Wanggaard Statement on Lehman's Dismal Job Creation Rating


JULY 28, 2010

Contact: Van Wanggaard

(262) 930-6503

Wanggaard Statement on Lehman’s Dismal Job Creation Rating

 [RACINE] – Recently Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’spreeminent business lobby, released their rankings of all state legislators' performance on job-creation efforts during the 2009-10 legislative session.  Incumbent Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) scored a 19%, tying him for the lowest ranking amongst all 33 state senators. Challenger candidate Van Wanggaard commented on the ranking:

“The fact that the state’s most prominent pro-business group tagged Senator Lehman as Wisconsin’s worst state senator when it comes to fighting for job creation and retention is disturbing, but not surprising.  Racine, with its large manufacturing sector, is currently enduring a 14.3% unemployment rate, the second highest in the state.

“The ranking is symbolic of a greater problem with Senator Lehman’s approach to representing Racine County at the state level. Over his 14-year tenure, his out-of-touch liberal agenda has repeatedly gotten in the way of providing direction and leadership on issues that are vital to Racine’s economic health.

“While Senator Lehman decided to focus his legislative efforts on outlawing text messaging while driving and banning popular mail-in rebate offers, he apparently lost sight of the most pressing issues facing Racine County. Senator Lehman must be held accountable for his job-killing votes in November.”


Wanggaard statement on IPFCF ruling - PRESS RELEASE


Wanggaard statement on IPFCF ruling

[RACINE] – Following today’s ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that the $200 million raid of the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund was unconstitutional, state senate candidate Van Wanggaard released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling reaffirms my charge that my opponent, Senator John Lehman, has been reckless with the state’s budget.  Senator Lehman voted to raid the ‘Injured Patients Fund’ in 2007, even while level-headed legislators warned that the raid was improper and possibly unconstitutional. 

“This is yet another example of my opponent’s irresponsible stewardship of Racine County citizens’ tax dollars.

“Using accounting gimmicks to balance the budget is bad enough.  But when the quality of our state’s health care suffers because of these gimmicks, it takes on a whole new level of seriousness.

“Senator Lehman should be up front with Racine voters and explain why he voted to raid the fund even though there was little hope of the maneuver holding up in court.  He should also explain why he voted to increase spending in the state budget by $3.6 billion while leaving the state with a multi-billion dollar deficit.

“Senator Lehman’s track record of fiscal mismanagement is well established, and today, the highest court in the state shined a spotlight on it.”


PRESS RELEASE - Wanggaard Reacts to President Obama's Racine Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard JUNE 30, 2010                                                                     (262) 930-6503


Wanggaard Reacts to President Obama’s

Racine Town Hall

[RACINE] – “President Obama unfortunately did not find it necessary to provide southeastern Wisconsin workers and families with honest answers regarding the job-killing policies that have left Racine County enduring rampant unemployment.

“Instead, the President seemed to take a page from John Lehman's playbook and blame minority-party Republicans for all of the country's problems.  

“President Obama needs to take responsibility for his policies, just as my opponent needs to take responsibility for the decisions he made over the last four years. The habit of blaming the minority party is a convenient political maneuver that shows a lack of vision and displays a void of constructive ideas.

“While the President won’t have to face the voters until 2012, Wisconsinites have the opportunity this fall to elect new state-level leaders who will tackle the challenges that we face, and eschew excuses in pursuit of plotting a new course for the state.”


PRESS RELEASE - Wanggaard says Obama Owes Racine Answers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard JUNE 29, 2010                                                                     (262) 930-6503 

Wanggaard: President Obama Owes Racine Some Answers

[RACINE] – With President Obama scheduled to hold a town hall meeting in Racine on Wednesday, State Senate candidate Van Wanggaard expressed his desire for an honest explanation regarding the federal polices that have killed thousands of jobs in southeastern Wisconsin:

“It’s nice to know that the current administration realizes Racine County exists.  As jobs leave southeastern Wisconsin faster than Air Force One on its way back to DC, I hope the President uses this trip to answer questions regarding the Bucyrus situation and Chrysler’s abandonment of Kenosha for Mexico.

“These two unfortunate situations are similar in that the federal government played a direct role in facilitating massive job loss.  What’s more upsetting is that in both cases, the administration displayed a disturbing attitude of disregard for the affected communities and our elected representatives who demanded answers. 

“President Obama, as the leader of the Executive Branch, is accountable for these ridiculous and devastating decisions, and he owes Racine and its neighboring counties an explanation that goes further than just placing blame on his predecessor.”


Paid for by Friends of Van Wanggaard, Sandra Keeran, Treasurer

PRESS RELEASE - Wanggaard First Senate Candidate to Qualify for Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard June 08, 2010                                                                      (262) 930-6503

Wanggaard First Senate Candidate in State to Qualify for Ballot

Campaign Collects Nearly 800 Signatures in a Matter of Days

[RACINE] – State Senate candidate Van Wanggaard became Wisconsin’s first state senate candidate to qualify for the November ballot, as his campaign submitted well-over the required number of signatures to the Government Accountability Board on Tuesday.

“I am thrilled to be the first senate candidate to qualify for the November ballot,” Wanggaard said.  “Our campaign turned in almost double the number of signatures necessary to qualify, and I am looking forward to continuing with an aggressive door-knocking plan in the coming months. 

“Our campaign’s success with this door-to-door effort reaffirmed that we are a top-tier organization, and that our grassroots strength will be the key to defeating a special-interest-backed incumbent in November. It also reaffirms that the days of the state senate’s liberal, job-killing, tax-and-spend policies will be over in 2011.

“I am encouraged by the outpouring of support that I received from every corner of the district.  Racine County voters are looking for a new direction, and are seeking someone who will listen to their concerns while representing them in Madison.  I decided to waste no time ensuring my name will be next to John Lehman’s on the November ballot.”

Wanggaard’s campaign recently launched a new website,, in order to better manage the influx of supporters to the campaign.


PRESS RELEASE - Wanggaard Campaign Unveils New Website - 05.22.10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard MAY 22, 2010                                                                       (262) 930-6503

Wanggaard Campaign Unveils New Website

[RACINE] – State Senate candidate Van Wanggaard unveiled his campaign’s redesigned website,, to handle the influx of supporters it has witnessed over the last few months.

“I am encouraged and excited about the support my candidacy has received from Racine County voters,” Wanggaard said.  “As I talk to Racine taxpayers at their doors, I am inundated with requests for information and offers to get involved with the campaign. 

“Our new website,, will help us capitalize on the outpouring of support as we take on a special-interest-backed incumbent for the 21st State Senate District seat.”

The new website allows users to view campaign updates, sign up for Van’s email newsletter, and contribute.  It also gives voters an opportunity to share their thoughts on today’s important issues directly with Van.


PRESS RELEASE - Racine Taxpayers Dodge a Bullet - 05.17.10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Contact: Van Wanggaard MAY 17, 2010                                                                       (262) 930-6503

With No Ability to Hold Taxing Body Accountable, Racine Taxpayers Dodge a Bullet

[RACINE] - State Senate candidate Van Wanggaard issued the following statement regarding today’s vote by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA) to put off implementing a car rental fee increase while they await federal approval to start engineering work on KRM:

“Today’s vote strikes at the heart of the problem with giving an unelected board the power to levy taxes.  Even though the decision was made to put off the tax increase until a later date, the decision could have easily gone the other way, with no recourse for voters to hold the decision-makers accountable.  Moving forward with KRM, even while Racine taxpayers are voicing serious reservations about the plan, is exactly the type of thing that happens when unelected officials craft major fiscal and infrastructure policy without having to worry about answering to constituents.

“My opponent, incumbent Senator John Lehman, has already voted to spend $810 million of taxpayer money on high-speed rail in Wisconsin, even in the face of heavy opposition from his constituents.  At least he can be held accountable for his vote at the polls in November.”    


Authorized and Paid for by Friends of Van Wanggaard, Sandra Keeran, Treasurer



March 23, 2010

Contact: Van Wanggaard

(262) 632-0687

Several weeks ago, an initiative to provide reliable transportation for Racine County’s senior citizen population was presented to local officials at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.  As a County Board Supervisor who is always open to innovative ideas, I immediately recognized the merit of this proposal, which was developed by the non-profit Independent Transportation Network (ITN).  ITN’s service provides essential transportation solutions for senior citizens without placing the long-term cost burden on taxpayers. 

While other elected officials are tossing around ideas for new transportation systems with multi-million dollar price tags attached, my colleagues and I on the County Board, County Executive Bill McReynolds, and the County Human Services Department proactively worked to implement a program that delivers a valuable service to seniors at a very small up-front cost to the taxpayers.  I am proud that instead of saying “It can’t be done” or “It can only be done with a large tax increase,” we worked towards an affordable transportation solution that will transform quality of life for our county’s seniors.

The foundation of ITN’s program relies on community-minded volunteers and corporate sponsorships, and will provide a dignified transportation option for seniors that will increase safety on roads and decrease the chances of seniors reverting to a “shut-in” lifestyle.  ITN’s plan has been successful in many other cities, including Chicago, Davenport., Iowa, and Lexington, Kentucky.

The initiative holds great promise for delivering this important service to our county’s aging population.  Seniors need community and county government support to make their doctor appointments, run errands, and visit family & friends.  But the real value in the proposal is that the initial investment is minimal, and the program is self-sustainable after five years.

Racine County residents are tired of politicians making excuses for their ineffectiveness and making decisions to benefit their re-election chances.  Working with ITN to address seniors’ needs is the kind of leadership and problem-solving we need in Racine.  I applaud all of the parties involved in getting this program off the ground efficiently and with an optimistic eye toward the future.

For information on ITN’s service, visit, or call (262) 664-1460.