Elections – Spring 2019

Mark your calendars:

Volunteer to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for MTI Endorsed Candidates. Volunteer opportunities listed below under Upcoming Events.

Primary Election Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19

General Election Day

Tuesday, April 2

Polls open 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

General Election (April 2) Endorsements:

Wisconsin Supreme Court: MTI-Voters committee recommends the endorsement of Lisa Neubauer. This seat on the high court will replace retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s post. Ms. Neubauer has dedicated over 30 years in the legal field (in the courtroom as a lawyer and behind the bench as a judge) and she believes in fair representation at every step in our judicial process. As a note, her opponent is former legal counsel to former Governor Walker. Conservatives have a 4-3 majority on the court. The April election could keep that balance in place or potentially widen conservative control 5-2.

• City of Madison Mayor: MTI-Voters Committee recommends the endorsement of Satya Rhodes-Conway in this race. Ms. Rhodes-Conway is an enthusiastic, inclusive leader with experience in policymaking, having served on the Madison City Council as well as her “day job” working with mayors from around the country as Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project. She is a proud AFT 223 union member and is ready to lead on climate, racial equity, housing, transportation, and other issues that matter to working families.

BOE Seat 3: MTI-Voters recommends the endorsement of Cris Carusi as the most qualified candidate in this race. In advancing this recommendation, the Committee highlights Ms. Carusi’s record of active involvement in the MMSD, her stance on issues important to educators, and her commitment toward advancing public education. Carusi is opposed to vouchers and independent charter schools and strongly believes that we need to continuously work to improve our public schools, rather than support alternatives.

• BOE Seat 4: MTI-Voters recommends the endorsement of Ali Muldrow as the most qualified candidate in this race. In advancing this recommendation, the Committee highlights Ms. Muldrow’s advocacy through GSAFE for LGBTQAI youth in our schools, her focus on empowering youth, and her involvement and work to strengthen Madison’s public schools for all students.

• BOE Seat 5: MTI-Voters recommends a dual endorsement of both TJ Mertz and Ananda Mirilli. In advancing this recommendation, the Committee highlights Mr. Mertz strong record of service as a BOE member, his steadfast advocacy for the concerns of educators, and his unmatched expertise on educational policy and financial matters. At the same time, the Committee recognizes the valuable and diverse experiences, insights and expertise that Ms. Mirilli would bring to the BOE. Both candidates are strong supporters of Madison schools, public educators and public education and the Committee determined that a recommendation for a dual endorsement was appropriate in this race.

Thank you for participating in the MTI-Voters endorsement process. Political Action Committee members voted to approve the MTI-Voters recommended endorsements of Cris Carusi; Ali Muldrow; and a dual endorsement of both TJ Mertz and Ananda Mirilli for Madison Metropolitian School Board.

EDITORIAL ARTICLES  

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Cap Times Editorial: Judge Neubauer will be an outstanding Supreme Court justice 

Cap Times: Mertz and Mirilli make their cases for Madison School Board Seat 5

UPCOMING EVENTS  _______________________________________

MTI Phone Bank 

We will be calling fellow union members and encouraing them to vote down the ballot for MTI endorsed candidates.

Wednesday, March 20
4:30 – 7:00pm

Madison Labor Temple, upstairs
1602 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53713

(Let us know what time you can arrive. There’s no obligation to volunteer for the full 2.5 hour shift. Minimum 30 minute commitment.) Please join us as we continue to make change in WI. #peoplepower #1u

Email mti@madisonteachers.org to sign up for Wednesday’s phone bank.

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The Captial Times has organized a full listing of candidate forums for this month. Visit their website for all dates and event details.

EAST SIDE PROGRESSIVES ‘FORUM WITH A TWIST”–Mayor AND school board candidates interacting with each other on city and school issues

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Time:  6:30 -8:00PM
Location: Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 4032 Monona Drive

School board candidate forum hosted by the Simpson Street Free Press

When: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W. Badger Rd.

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Volunteer with Cris Carusi’s Campaign: BOE Seat 3

Canvasses based out of two coffee shops Java Cat, 3918 Monona Drive (Eastside) or EVP Coffee, 555 S. Midvale Blvd. (Near Seqoya Library on the westside).
March 20–Canvass from 4-6 from Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive
March 23–Canvass from 1-4 from Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive
March 24–Canvass from 1-4 from Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive
March 25–Canvass from 4-6pm either from Java Cat or EVP Coffee locations.
March 26–Canvass from 4-6pm either from Java Cat or EVP Coffee locations.
March 27–Canvass from 4-6pm either from Java Cat or EVP Coffee locations.
March 28–Canvass from 4-6pm either from Java Cat or EVP Coffee locations.
March 29–Canvass from 4-6pm either from Java Cat or EVP Coffee locations.

GOTV (Get Out The Vote):
March 30–Canvass from 12-3pm AND 3-6pm from both Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive or EVP Coffee at 555 S. Midvale Blvd
March 31–Canvass from 12-3pm AND 3-6pm from both Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive or EVP Coffee at 555 S. Midvale Blvd
April 1st–Textbanking from 1-3pm and 3-6pm location TBD
April 1st–Canvass from 3-6 location TBD
April 2nd–TBD

Sign up to volunteer online: crisforschools.com/volunteer/ or contact crisforschools@gmail.com

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Volunteer & Events for Ali Muldrow’s Campaign: BOE Seat 4

Eastside canvassing for Ananda and Ali
Saturday, March 23
10am-12pm
2401 Oakridge Ave
Madison, WI 53704
https://www.facebook.com/events/398846094267815

Westside canvassing for Ananda and Ali
Sunday, March 24
1pm-3pm
4901 Sherwood Rd
Madison, WI 53711
https://www.facebook.com/events/2044997665553638/?ti=icl

GOTV Southside Canvass for Ali and Ananda
Saturday, March 30
10am-12pm
Lakeside St Coffee House
402 W Lakeside St
Madison, WI 53715
https://www.facebook.com/events/355579431720624/?ti=icl

GOTV Eastside Canvass for Ali and Ananda
Sunday, March 31
1pm-3pm
946 E Johnson St
Madison, WI 53703
https://www.facebook.com/events/342038939764848

Election Night Watch Party for Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli
Tuesday, April 2
7:30pm – 11pm
Robinia Courtyard

Join Ali Muldrow, Ananda Mirilli and the campaign teams on election night for a watch party.

Big screen TVs, delicious drinks, and amazing people united for Madison’s Public Schools with Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow.

Sign up to volunteer at: alimuldrow.com/volunteer

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Volunteer for TJ Mertz: BOE Seat 5

Saturday, March 23: Lit Drop in Fitchburg from 10:00 AM to Noon

5760 Barbara Dr, Fitchburg, WI 53711

We will have literature and maps you to follow to walk available for you to put in people’s door this weekend.  We will just be dropping off lit and not knocking on people’s doors.

We will distribute materials to you (campaign literature and voter walklists), or you can let us know what areas you are doing in your own neighborhood. If you’re new to this kind of work we have experienced canvassers involved that will answer your questions and provide their expertise.

Please RSVP at mertzformadison@gmail.com so we know you are coming.

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Volunteer with Ananda Mirilli’s Campaign: BOE Seat 5

Election Night Watch Party for Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli
Tuesday, April 2
7:30pm – 11pm
Robinia Courtyard

Join Ali Muldrow, Ananda Mirilli and the campaign teams on election night for a watch party.

Big screen TVs, delicious drinks, and amazing people united for Madison’s Public Schools with Ananda Mirilli and Ali Muldrow.

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Volunteer with Satya Rhodes-Conway’s Mayoral Campaign 

  • Mark & Kim’s place (6506 Piedmont Rd Madison, WI 53711) (west side routes)
    • Tanya’s place (4908 Shore Acres Rd Monona, WI 53716) (east side routes)
    Both sites are open Saturdays & Sundays, 9AM – 3PM. You can drop by any time.

(You can also directly email Debby if you’d like to do canvassing or lit drop during the week (M-F). She’ll get you set up with materials.)

We endorsed Satya for a reason: she’s going to get things done in this city! Let’s step up and get this done for her. Sign up to volunteer online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N2739TZ

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Who is MTI-Voters?
MTI-Voters is the political action committee of MTI that seeks to identify those candidates most likely to advance policies supported by the members of MTI, policies that support MMSD staff and students, and advance the quality of public education in the District. The MTI-Voters Committee is a representative body of MTI members, comprised of the Presidents of each MTI bargaining unit, the MTI Treasurer and nine (9) others elected by MTI’s Faculty Representative Council. This member-comprised committee, guides MTI’s political endorsement process and advances recommended endorsements to the thousands of MTI members who contribute to MTI Voters and vote on endorsement recommendations.

This spring we have an opportunity to elect candidates who support and value public education. When voters turnout in high numbers, public education wins!

Below is a list of candidates MTI Voters Political Action Committee will be interviewing for consideration in our endorsement process. Candidates have been asked to complete and return questionnaires by January 11. Visit this page again for the most up to date information.

Candidate / Office Questionnaire 

Madison School Board

Kaleem Caire
School Board Seat 3
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Cristiana (Cris) Carusi
School Board Seat 3
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Skylar Croy
School Board Seat 3 Withdrew candidacy                             

MTI Candidate Questionnaire – Has not submitted questionnaire

David Blaska
School Board Seat 4
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Laila Borokhim
School Board Seat 4
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Albert Bryan
School Board Seat 4
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Ali Muldrow
School Board Seat 4
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
TJ Mertz (incumbent)
School Board Seat 5
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
 Ananda Mirilli
School Board Seat 5
 MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Amos Roe
School Board Seat 5
MTI Candidate Questionnaire  – Has not submitted questionnaire
City of Madison Mayor
Maurice Cheeks
Madison Mayoral Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Nick Hart
Madison Mayoral Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire – Has not submitted questionnaire

Eric Koth
Madison Mayoral Candidate- Withdrew candidacy

MTI Candidate Questionnaire – Has not submitted questionnaire
Toriana Pettaway
Madison Mayoral Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire – Has not submitted questionnaire
Satya Rhodes-Conway
Madison Mayoral Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
Paul Soglin (incumbent)
Madison Mayoral Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire
 Raj Shukla
Madison Mayoral Candidate
 MTI Candidate Questionnaire

Justice of the Supreme Court

Lisa Neubauer
Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate
MTI Candidate Questionnaire

Brian Hagedorn       Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate

 MTI Candidate Questionnaire- Has not submitted questionnaire
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