Our Letters To The Election Officials

Given recent attacks on our election administrators, we are sending emails to show our support for the work they do to uphold our democracy. There are two versions: 1) Letter to Meagan Wolfe and the Wisconsin Elections Commission Staff, and 2) Letter in Support of Wisconsin Local Election Officials. These letters will be emailed to each election administrator and will also be made publicly available.

Letter to Meagan Wolfe and the Wisconsin Elections Commission Staff

Dear Meagan Wolfe and the staff of the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC),

 

We, the undersigned, represent business leaders from industries across Wisconsin. We are deeply concerned about the state of our democracy. Although the 2020 elections were among the most successful in American history thanks to your efforts, we recognize election administrators nationwide are facing increasing unwarranted threats and harassment. We hereby offer our sincere gratitude and full support.

 

Since the creation of the WEC in 2016, each of you has upheld our state’s tradition of nonpartisan, expert election administration. In 2020, you enabled over 3.2 million voices from Wisconsin to be heard in the midst of a global health crisis. You also supported and trained over 1,800 local election officials across the state. As the support of your colleagues across the country make clear, your commitment and integrity are a model for election administrators nationwide. We write to voice our support and to thank you for your courageous work and dedication.

 

We are aware that aggressive attempts of legal action, calls for your resignation, and even threats of violence make the job of administering our elections more difficult than ever. As an election official, your work is the glue that bonds our processes and upholds our democracy. We are lucky to have your talent and expertise here in Wisconsin as we head into the 2022 elections. You continue to ensure the voices of voters are heard through an impartial process that allows for accessible and fair elections.

 

We also want you to know that we will continue to call upon our colleagues and peers to stand with us, support the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and commit to efforts that defend our democracy from further attack.

 

Thank you,

Russell Barcelona, Co-Owner of Ascend Talent Strategies

Elizabeth F. Brenner, Former President & Publisher of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sean Cummings, COO of Kacmarcik Enterprises

Jill Enos, Managing Director of TitletownTech

Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum

John Florsheim, President & COO of Weyco Group

Tom Florsheim, Chairman & CEO of Weyco Group

John Kissinger, President & CEO of GRAEF

Matthew S. Levatich, Former President & CEO of Harley-Davidson Motor Company

David Lubar, President & CEO of Lubar & Co.

Barry R. Mandel, Chair & CEO of Mandel Group

Greg Marcus

John W. Miller, Principal of Arenberg Holdings

Paul Miller, Partner of Colectivo Coffee Roaster

Ronald D. Miller

Mark Mone, Chancellor of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Cory Nettles, Founder & Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital

Anoop Prakash, Division President of REV Group

Jeff Rusinow, Chairman of MediCardia Health

Austin Ramirez, CEO of Husco

Sachin M. Shivaram, CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry

Paul Sweeney, Partner of PS Capital Partners

Letter in Support of Wisconsin Local Election Officials

Dear <Official To Be Named> and staff,

 

We, the undersigned, represent business leaders from industries across Wisconsin. We would like to thank you for running successful and safe elections. We want to recognize your hard work and dedication under difficult conditions - such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public scrutiny and harassment - and offer our sincere gratitude.

 

In 2020, you and your colleagues enabled over 3.2 million voices from Wisconsin to be heard in the midst of a global health crisis. We write to voice our support for the nonpartisan, expert administration you provided.

 

We are aware that attempts of legal action and even threats of violence make the job of administering our elections more difficult than ever. As an election official, your work is the glue that bonds our processes and upholds our democracy. We are lucky to have your talent and expertise here in Wisconsin as we head into the 2022 elections. You continue to ensure the voices of voters are heard through an impartial process that allows for accessible and fair elections.

 

We also want you to know that we will continue to call upon our colleagues and peers to stand with us, support election officials across the state, and commit to efforts that defend our democracy from further attack.

 

Thank you,

Russell Barcelona, Co-Owner of Ascend Talent Strategies

Elizabeth F. Brenner, Former President & Publisher of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sean Cummings, COO of Kacmarcik Enterprises

Jill Enos, Managing Director of TitletownTech

Peter Feigin, President of the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum

John Florsheim, President & COO of Weyco Group

Tom Florsheim, Chairman & CEO of Weyco Group

John Kissinger, President & CEO of GRAEF

Matthew S. Levatich, Former President & CEO of Harley-Davidson Motor Company

David Lubar, President & CEO of Lubar & Co.

Barry R. Mandel, Chair & CEO of Mandel Group

Greg Marcus

John W. Miller, Principal of Arenberg Holdings

Paul Miller, Partner of Colectivo Coffee Roaster

Ronald D. Miller

Mark Mone, Chancellor of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Cory Nettles, Founder & Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital

Anoop Prakash, Division President of REV Group

Jeff Rusinow, Chairman of MediCardia Health

Austin Ramirez, CEO of Husco

Sachin M. Shivaram, CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry

Paul Sweeney, Partner of PS Capital Partners

How Can I Get Involved?

Show your support by adding your name to our letter to the Wisconsin Election Administrators. If you have any questions please email us at: info@wibusinessfordemocracy.org