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Candidates gather for Picnic for Democracy


September 27, 2018

Kara OKeeffe

Indivisible Sauk Prairie presented, Picnic for Democracy on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Witwen Park & Campgrounds. The evening started with guests bringing their own picnics and enjoying dinner on the grounds. "We feel we need change," said Lynn Breunig. "We are not satisfied with our political situation now and we wanted to do something to help build the blue wave. Our goal with this event is to help fill the coffers of our candidates so we have people here from several of the more competitive campaigns." Attendees heard from John Nichols, journalist and author, Art Shrader, candidate for 50th Assembly District, Jeff Wright, candidate for 51st Assembly District and Kriss Marion, candidate for State Senate District 17. There was also representation from the campaigns of Tammy Baldwin, Tony Evers & Mandela Barnes and Dan Kohl. "People in our group have called and made thousands of phone calls to our representatives and we thought this was a way to go one step further besides telling them what we want or what we would like them to do," said Betty Koehl. "It's kind of a get out the vote effort. We have a chance for people to meet and greet some of the representatives that are here or representatives from the campaigns." Live music was presented by Paul Filipowicz & John Widdicombe and The Honey Pies with Tom Waselchuk of the Dang-Its. The evening ended with a bonfire. Guests could also buy candidate signs or bumper stickers. At left: Attendees, left to right,,Gilbert Williams, Alice Acker, Suzanne Peranteau and Judy Ettenhofer

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