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Incumbent Doug La Follette (D) elected to 12th term as Wisconsin secretary of state

Incumbent Doug La Follette (D) defeated Amy Loudenbeck (R), Neil Harmon (L), and Sharyl McFarland (G) in the election for Wisconsin secretary of state on Nov. 8, 2022. County canvass results published by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Nov. 21 showed that La Follette had received 7,442 votes more than Loudenbeck, a 0.3 percentage point margin. Loudenbeck did not request a recount—an option due to the close margin—and conceded on Nov. 21.

La Follette’s new term beginning in 2023 will be his 12th term in office.

Duties of the Wisconsin secretary of state include recording the official acts of the governor and the executive department, compiling and keeping laws and resolutions adopted by the legislature, having custody of the state’s records, and authenticating certain documents. According to Wisconsin Public Radio’s Shawn Johnson, “[M]ost of the office’s responsibilities have been outsourced to other state agencies that answer to the governor.”

The responsibilities of the office were a central issue in this race, particularly concerning election administration. Wisconsin is one of five states where the secretary of state has no election-related duties. The legislature transferred election administration responsibilities from the secretary of state to a nonpartisan elections board in 1974. Since 2016, the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission has overseen the state’s election administration. La Follette and Loudenbeck disagreed about whether the secretary of state should have a role in the state’s election system.

La Follette was first elected secretary of state in 1974 and served one term before an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 1978. He was elected secretary of state a second time in 1982 and has since served 10 consecutive terms. La Follette said that maintaining the state’s independent election system was “[t]he critical issue in this campaign for Secretary of State.” He said, “The state of Wisconsin has been a pivotal battleground in several of the past presidential elections. … For this reason, it’s more important than ever that we elect a Secretary of State that will defend our democracy over party. As America’s longest-serving incumbent Secretary of State, I have the track record and deep well of experience to do it.” La Follette also said he wanted the secretary of state’s office to again have responsibility for business-related functions.

Loudenbeck was first elected to represent District 31 in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. Her campaign website stated, “The Secretary of State’s office has fallen into disrepair and disfavor thanks to the neglect of Democrat Doug La Follette who has been in that office for forty-four years.” Loudenbeck said, “[M]y goal would be to modernize the office, to be responsive to requests for authentication of documents, to be a billion dollar board member for the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and actively engage in the role that currently exists for the secretary of state that I see as being neglected right now.” Loudenbeck said she would advocate for abolishing the Wisconsin Elections Commission and moving election administration duties such as training, guidance, voter roll maintenance, and voter outreach to the secretary of state’s office.

In 2018, Democrats gained a state government triplex in Wisconsin when Democratic candidates defeated Republican incumbents in the elections for governor and attorney general, and La Follette was re-elected. All three offices were up for election again in 2022, and each Democratic incumbent was re-elected.

This was one of 27 secretary of state elections held in 2022.



All candidates for Attorney General of Ohio complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Attorney General of Ohio—incumbent Dave Yost (R) and Jeff Crossman (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

This is one of 30 attorney general seats on the ballot in 2022. All 50 states have an attorney general who serves as the state’s chief legal officer. The attorney general enforces state law and advises the state government on legal matters. Ohio is one of 27 states with a Republican attorney general, and one of 23 states with a Republican party triplex.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?  

Yost:               

  • “Protecting the unprotected”
  • “Upholding the rule of law”
  • “Defending the Constitution”

Crossman:           

  • “Ohioans are constantly being ripped off and our cost of living is rising due in part to the inept Columbus politicians, statehouse corruption, and bad faith politics.”
  • “Protecting our civil rights and inherent freedoms is paramount as Attorney General.”
  • “We must fight for Ohio workers and make sure Ohio remains a “workers first” state.”

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All candidates for Nevada Board of Regents District 11 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Nevada Board of Regents District 11 — Jeffrey Downs and Steve Laden — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The Nevada State Board of Regents is an elected executive agency of the Nevada state government, responsible for managing the state’s system of higher education.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Downs:   

“I would like to see NSHE focus on growing its mission to serve the people of Nevada through educational opportunities. Too often the focus of the board has been on the two universities and especially the sports teams. NSHE is supposed to serve Nevada by offering programs to help people to include workforce development. NSHE, through the colleges, has been expanding dual enrollment connections for high school students, but this, too, can be expanded.”

Laden:               

“I am most passionate about public policy relating to education at all levels. Since the Nevada System of Higher Education is populated mainly by Nevada citizens, what happens at the K-12 level is of utmost importance to Nevada’s colleges and universities. In the long-run, how we educate our students at all levels is one of the primary factors in determining the quality of our state, economy and society as a whole.”

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All candidates for Colorado State Board of Education District 6 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Colorado State Board of Education District 6 — incumbent Rebecca McClellan (D) and Molly Lamar (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.  

The Colorado State Board of Education is an elected executive agency of the Colorado state government, responsible for managing the state’s public K-12 education. The board’s stated mission is “to provide all of Colorado’s children equal access to quality, thorough, uniform, well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe and civil learning environment.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?    

McClellan:           

  • “Academic growth and achievement are my top priority. I’m pleased to have successfully advocated to prioritize our state’s ESSER funds on proven strategies like high impact tutoring.”
  • “Working with parents, I have supported the bipartisan READ Act to deliver evidence-based literacy instruction to more Colorado students, including students with dyslexia.”
  • “I am endorsed by parents, teachers, and school leaders for my demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and opportunity for all Colorado Students.”

Lamar:       

  • “Parent engagement and partnerships. Across our state we are facing a crisis concerning student performance. Currently, 60 percent of Colorado third graders cannot read at grade level. 70 percent are not proficient in math. What we are doing is not working.”
  • “Improving academic outcomes. School districts are spending exorbitant amounts of money on divisive programs that do little to improve academic outcomes.”
  • “School safety. I will collaborate with school districts and law enforcement in implementing safety measures such as additional cameras, locks on all exterior doors, and School Resource Officers (SROs) to ensure the safety of our children.”

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All candidates for South Carolina Treasurer complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for South Carolina Treasurer— incumbent Curtis Loftis Jr. (R) and Sarah Work (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Treasurer of South Carolina is an elected executive position in the South Carolina state government. As the state’s chief banking officer, the treasurer is responsible for the investment, cash management, and safekeeping of South Carolina’s general and restricted funds.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?    

Loftis:

“My tenure as Treasurer has brought much needed and significant change to the office and it is now widely regarded as exceptionally capable and professional. The best practices are employed to manage, invest and custody approximately $45 billion. As State Treasurer, I am committed to reducing costs and eliminating waste and fraud for South Carolinians, including adopting new technologies for more efficient, secure electronic fund transfers.”

Work:

“Educating constituents from cradle to grave is a personal passion of mine. It is never to early to learn about the power of the dollar and understand how to save for your future or the future of those you love. I also think it is imperative that the state treasurer be able to do the math, understand monetary trends, engage in the broader world, and be open to new ideas and emerging technology. We can only move forward together if we seek to understand each other.”

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All candidates for Attorney General of Rhode Island complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Attorney General of Rhode Island— incumbent Peter Neronha (D) and Charles Calenda (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

This is one of 30 attorney general seats on the ballot in 2022. All 50 states have an attorney general who serves as the state’s chief legal officer. The attorney general enforces state law and advises the state government on legal matters. Rhode is one of 23 states with a Democratic attorney general, and one of 18 states with a Democratic triplex government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?    

Neronha:

  • “We have built a strong Office that is getting out on offense and delivering strong results for Rhode Islanders every day….”
  • “To protect public safety more effectively, we created an Urban Violent Crime Task Force, combining multiple police agencies under our umbrella and using proactive police intelligence, data analysis, and ballistics technology to identify and target violent criminals wielding illegal firearms.”
  • “Our Civil Division is doing unprecedented work protecting Rhode Island’s healthcare systems…”

Calenda:

  • “Law Above Politics”
  • “Independent Check and Balance on Government”
  • “Seeking justice for all Rhode Islanders”

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All candidates for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma — incumbent Matt Pinnell (R), Melinda Alizadeh-Ford (D), and Chris Powell (L) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma is an elected constitutional officer, the second-ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Oklahoma. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two terms.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?    

Pinnell:

  • “Stronger Local and Small Businesses: Local employers and small businesses are the engines of our economy and entrepreneurship is the future.”
  • “Expanding Business Recruitment and Tourism: Thanks to the leadership of Governor Stitt and Lt. Governor Pinnell, we are no longer content to stand by and accept the role of a Midwestern flyover state with little to offer industry leaders of the 21st century.”
  • “Protecting Our Families, Defending Our Values: We’ve seen what happens to other states when the people relinquish too much power to big government bureaucrats.”

Alizadeh-Ford:

  • “Transparency – return of Accountability and Oversight.”
  • “Integrity – I will work for Oklahoma, all Oklahomans.”
  • “Aptitude – I have the work and real life experiences and initiative to work with all Oklahomans for the betterment of our state”

Powell:   

  • “The office of Lt. Governor holds almost no responsibility or authority.”
  • “The Secretary of State, a gubernatorial appointee with numerous specified duties, should replace the Lt. Governor in the line of succession if the Governor’s office becomes vacant.”
  • “If elected, while advocating for elimination of the office of Lt. Governor I will refuse the Highway Patrol security detail and employee no more than one staff member.”

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All candidates for Montana Public Service Commission District 5 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Montana Public Service Commission District 5 — John Repke (D) and Ann Bukacek (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Montana Public Service Commission is a five-member board responsible for regulation of energy, telecommunications, water/sewer, transportation, and pipeline utilities in the state. 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Repke:       

  • “Experience Matters – For a position like Public Service Commissioner, candidates should have the experience and expertise necessary to be competent and effective in the job.”
  • “Integrity is a Must – All Montanans should expect that their elected officials carry out their responsibilities with integrity, honesty, and professionalism.”
  • “Professionalism makes it work – For a position like Public Service Commissioner professionalism means taking the work seriously, being fully engaged, keeping an open mind to expert opinions, deliberating in good faith, and fostering a healthy, ethical work environment for the agency staff.”

Bukacek:

  • “Almost every vital component of our lives relies on access to energy and water. Keeping Montana energy-independent is key to keeping the lights on and the water running.”
  • “The combination of business owner, old fashioned doctor and seasoned advocate for citizens is a great combination for the PSC position.”
  • “Having been involved with Montana legislators every session since 2009, I am familiar with the legislative process, have helped craft and draft bills, testified for or against bills and garnered legislative and citizen support for same.”

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All candidates for California Controller complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for California Controller—Malia Cohen (D) and Lanhee Chen (R)—completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The California State Controller is an elected state executive office established by the California Constitution. The controller acts as the state’s accountant and bookkeeper, tracking and controlling disbursement of state funds from the treasury. The controller also administers the Uniform State Payroll System, audits various state and local government programs, and disburses state aid to lower-level governments.

Here are excerpts from the candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Cohen:

“I am passionate about issues involving justice and equity. I want to create a fair and transparent financial system in the state that delivers on its promises to building a California where everyone thrives. This means holding corporations accountable for paying their fair share and improving state technological infrastructure to create a system that everyone can use. I have done this throughout my career and will continue to do so as the next Controller.”

Chen:

“I have a deep passion for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and government accountability. I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and if we give Californians true and full transparency into how their tax dollars are spent, they will demand a more accountable and efficient state government. As Controller, I will put an end to the Sacramento excuses and produce results.”

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Michael L. Fitzgerald and Roby Smith running for Iowa treasurer on Nov. 8

Incumbent Michael L. Fitzgerald (D) and Roby Smith (R) are running for Iowa treasurer on Nov. 8, 2022.

Fitzgerald has served as Iowa treasurer of state since 1983. Before taking office, Fitzgerald worked as a marketing analyst for Massey Ferguson Company. Fitzgerald said, “In times like today, there is no question that experience counts. Through my leadership, I will continue to promote fair government and safe financial strategies.”

Smith has represented Iowa Senate District 47 since 2011. Smith also worked as a banker and small business owner. According to his campaign website, Smith has “never missed a single vote from the floor of the Iowa Senate in eleven years” and “will bring that same dedication and work ethic to the State Treasurer’s office, where he will show up every day ready to work for Iowa’s taxpayers.”

The Iowa Capital Dispatch‘s Kate Kealy said, “If elected as state treasurer, former Republican state Sen. Roby Smith would use the position to prevent federal overreach and ensure Iowa tax dollars don’t aid terrorist organizations, his campaign states. Democratic incumbent Michael Fitzgerald said he hopes to continue building on programs he implemented during his time as the longest-serving state treasurer in the nation.”

Fitzgerald said Iowa should establish a state retirement program for Iowans with no retirement plans through their employer and said the state should protect state pension funds. “With half the people in Iowa approaching retirement age with no pension or retirement benefits, I think it’s a serious problem,” Fitzgerald said. In September 2022, Fitzgerald also announced a $10 million investment in Israel Bonds through the Development Corporation for Israel.

Smith emphasized financial privacy, saying, “Iowa needs a treasurer who understands the challenges of the 21st century and is willing to protect Iowans from a Biden administration that is determined to invade our financial privacy.” Smith also highlighted his support of tax reforms and financial literacy programs while a member of the Iowa Senate.

In the 2018 election, Fitzgerald defeated Jeremy Davis (R) with 55%-43%.

The Iowa treasurer is the state’s chief financial officer. The treasurer is elected to serve a four-year term concurrent with the governor’s term. The Iowa Treasurer’s Office maintains state funds and acts as the state’s bank. The main duties of the office include receiving and distributing state funds, investing state money, maintaining state accounts, and coordinating financial planning.