Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

Anoop Prakash, John Florsheim and Sachin Shivaram
 |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Editor’s Note: We invited Dan Kelly’s campaign to respond to two points in this op-ed: Why he didn’t respond to the group’s judicial survey and how his legal perform for the Republican Celebration could exert a partisan influence on the court. Study his response right here.

The strength and stability of democracy in America is what tends to make our nation the very best location to do enterprise. Two years ago, we formed the Wisconsin Organization Leaders for Democracy since we firmly think that Wisconsin need to have a vibrant democracy that upholds freedoms for all citizens for us to move our economy forward. 

More than the previous two years, our group has worked to express assistance for frontline election workers and administrators about the state, market civic engagement across the enterprise neighborhood, and ask the candidates for governor to pledge their assistance of democratic principles.  

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Now, we concentrate our focus on the Wisconsin Supreme Court election taking location this April.  

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is an elected physique that exists to defend our freedoms below our state laws and state constitution.  When the court really should be non-partisan, we have noticed rising partisanship on the bench in current years, with justices placing their personal ideologies ahead of the rule of law.  Notably, more than half of the court’s choices in the 2021-2022 session had been split by a four-three vote along celebration lines.

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The winner of the April election will serve a ten-year term and will decide the balance of the court for numerous years to come.  Numerous of the freedoms we delight in as Wisconsinites will come prior to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the subsequent couple of years, such as access to reproductive healthcare, our freedom to participate in the democratic approach, and ruling on the fairness of present or future district maps.  

Maybe most critically, the new court will hear all instances top up to and just after the 2024 presidential election, for the duration of which time the court could be asked to rule on state electors, choose on challenges to the voting approach and even adjudicate the election final results. 

The stakes could not be larger.  As a non-partisan group of enterprise leaders from each political parties, we think it is in the very best interests of all Wisconsinites to elect justices who will uphold our freedoms and assistance the principles of democracy on which our nation was founded.  

Prior to the February key, we asked just about every candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, regardless of celebration affiliation, to respond to a 5-query letter, in hopes of gaining insight into their views on matters significant to democracy that have appeared and will continue to seem prior to the court.  

Of the two remaining candidates, Judge Janet Protasiewicz responded in complete, with a thoughtful articulation of her views and judicial philosophy.  She wrote of her dismay that the 2020 election outcome was upheld by only a four-three vote of the court, emphasizing that “this variety of intense partisanship is 1 of the motives why I decided to run for Wisconsin Supreme Court we want to return fairness and typical sense to this physique.”

In stark contrast, former Justice Dan Kelly did not respond or acknowledge our inquiry just after numerous requests.  Kelly’s refusal to engage in a civil dialogue on simple inquiries of democracy and election law is troubling at very best, and disqualifying at worst.  Combined with current revelations that he received six-figure payments for consulting for the Republican National Committee, we can only conclude that a vote for Kelly would send this court into a partisan tailspin.  

We are encouraged by Protasiewicz’s response in assistance of democracy and invite you to study her response in its entirety at

This election is also significant to vote merely on celebration lines and ignore exactly where we have been the previous couple of years.  We encourage just about every voter to take into consideration very carefully the gravity of the challenges that will most undoubtedly come prior to this court.  Our freedoms and financial prospects for the subsequent decade hang in the balance.  

We encourage all to vote for democracy and move Wisconsin forward.  

Anoop Prakash, John Florsheim, and Sachin Shivaram, are members of the Wisconsin Organization Leaders for Democracy. Prakash is a division president at REV Group. Prior to REV, Anoop held leadership roles in enterprise and government, like in the administration of President George W. Bush. He is a former Marine Corps officer, and serves on the board of the Hunger Job Force. John Florsheim, a extended time resident of Wisconsin, is president of Weyco Group in Milwaukee, a distributor and marketer of footwear brands with more than 250 personnel situated in Glendale. Sachin Shivaram is CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, a 115-year-old loved ones-owned manufacturing enterprise in Manitowoc. He is active in many neighborhood organizations, like the New North and Higher Green Bay Neighborhood Foundation. He is a trustee at Lawrence University and was also elected as a town supervisor in Ledgeview.

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