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Apr 23, 201407:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Progressives move into Verona, run for office

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Third in a series. Click for part 1 and part 2.

“Verona has never seen an election cycle like this,” The Verona Press marveled after the April 2013 municipal election. No one could remember when all four incumbent aldermen in an election cycle had been challenged, much less defeated.

More remarkably, three of their four challengers had just moved to town within the year. Two of them were still in their 20s; another was only 31. All were backed by the liberal machine — the Dane County Democratic Party and the public employees unions. The Gang of Four ran a well-funded, sophisticated campaign borrowed from the state Legislature. The four incumbent aldermen never knew what hit them.

“Some people saw a progressive sweep bringing in new ideas and opening the doors to more public interaction. Others saw big-city politics coming in to play, with Dane County, public unions and other outside groups attempting to influence the newcomers,” The Verona Press wrote. On paper, spring elections are nonpartisan, but you wouldn’t know it watching from ground level. In Dane County, the Democratic Party endorses even in school board elections. The metro news media seem not to care.

The aldermanic challengers were young. Most of them were new to Verona, veterans of politics but inexperienced in governance, arrogant and naive at the same time. All are big-government progressives. Almost fantastically, their Number One priority once in office was to preserve the jobs of the city’s unionized firefighters — all four of them!

  • There was 27-year-old Elizabeth Doyle, who moved into town a scant eight months before her election in April 2013. She listed as her qualifications “Obama for America Verona fellow 2012 and EarthSave Twin Cities organizer 2011-2012.”
  • Another was Dale Yurs, age 25, vice president of the Verona school staff union. He also moved into town the year before his election last year, although he had lived in town as a minor. Yurs announced his candidacy last summer while working on Sondy Pope’s Democratic Assembly campaign.
  • Heather Reekie was a unionized teacher in the Monona Grove district. The only one of the four with any substantial residence in Verona, she was, at age 41, the most mature.
  • Lucas Diaz, 31, was an employee of the sprawling Epic health software campus that, ironically, the old guard had brought into town from Madison. Diaz also moved to Verona only the year before.


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Apr 23, 2014 11:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

"there was some truth to the claims.”

Holy Understatement of the year, Batman!

Apr 23, 2014 02:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How about pointing out that Grothman doesn't live in Petri's district, and Ribble didn't when he beat Kagen. Carpet baggers.

Apr 24, 2014 11:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Young people are flocking to Verona to save the jobs of firefighters!

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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