Monday, May 23, 2016
Twelve people are running for the Wisconsin Dem Party's four slots on the national committee. But the elections at next month's convention won't impact the superdelegate count in the presidential race.
That's because the new terms don't start until the conclusion of the national convention in Philadelphia in July, a state party spokesman said.
Three of Wisconsin's current DNC members have endorsed Hillary Clinton: Christine Bremer Muggli, Michael Childers and Martha Love. The fourth, Jason Rae, has said he will back the candidate with the most pledged delegates going into the national convention.
Love and Rae are seeking re-election, while the other two are not. Under party rules, two slots are reserved for women and two for men. The top two vote getters in each gender category will win four-year terms.
The women running are: Love, a former state party chair; Kristin Hansen, development director for the Wisconsin ACLU; state Sen. Janet Bewley, of Ashland; Jamie Shiner, chair of the party's LGBT Caucus; and Tammy Wood, a cannabis activist who owns a smoke shop in Reedsburg.
Kaja Rebane, a graduate student at UW-Madison, filed to run, but said she is dropping her campaign because she may move out of state in the next year or two and could not commit to a full four-year term.
The men are: Rae, Gary Hawley, the Portage County Dem chair; Andrew Werthmann, an Eau Claire alderman; Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy; Jake Burns; Eric Quam; and Michael O'Connell.
Overall, six of Wisconsin's 10 superdelegates are backing Hillary Clinton. State Rep. David Bowen, the party's vice chair, is supporting Bernie Sanders, while the other three have not endorsed anyone publicly yet.
-- By JR Ross
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