“And In This Corner…” 7/7/22

“And In This Corner...”

Russ Otten, RPSC Chair


Fellow RPSC Members and Freedom Fighters, this summer is heating up with activity. Here is the latest.

The Fourth of July Parade was a huge success! Nearly 90 people joined our group along with a vintage fire truck, patriotic Jeep, and several other vehicles. Incumbents and candidates that walked with us were Dr. David King and Kyle Yudes (Lt. Gov.), Ruth Villareal (9th District Senate), Terry Katsma (27th District Assembly), and Amy Binsfeld (26th District Assembly). We were all well received with many affirmative yells, fist pumps, and smiles. Small American flags and flyers promoting "2000 Mules" and the RPSC were handed to willing recipients along the way. It truly was a touch of Americana. Thanks to Terry Katsma, Drew Petry, Jeff Preder, and James Evraets for their vehicles! Thanks also to Ted Keneklis, John Winter, and Katie Checolinski for their wonderful photos. A full set of pics will be posted on our website!

The Brat Days Parade is Saturday, August 6. This is another tremendous opportunity to show our community that we are active and growing. Let's see if we can hit 100! More details will be sent soon!

We are aggressively building a youth movement! Nate TenBroeke recently met with Turning Point, which targets young adults. One of the keys is to start a conservative group on each college campus. You can help, too! If you know a current student at Lakeland University, please let me know. It just takes one student to start the team. We know they are out there. Please let me know asap! Thanks.

HOWSE Round 3 is meeting on Monday, July 18, at Braveheart Pub. Initially named How to Win Spring Elections, HOWSE is developing a comprehensive process that includes identifying local issues that are on the minds of voters and then recruiting candidates who can run on these issues and win next Spring. You are all invited to either participate or observe. There is a lot of passion in these meetings! Arrive early for your favorite sandwich and beverage and enjoy the lively discussion! Check out the details under Upcoming Events.

The RPSC Board meets on Monday, July 11, at 7:00PM at the HQ. Attached is the packed agenda. Please check out the topics and plan to attend. All are invited! I want to personally thank Jeff Preder who made the arrangements for our June Board meeting at Globe Lanes in Random Lake. It was so good to see new faces and be in the southwestern part of the county. We will have more "On The Road" Board meetings this year!

I close with this thought. It's so easy to get caught up in activities and lose sight of our goal - To elect Freedom Fighters and hold them accountable! Parades, movie nights, and volunteering at the HQ may seem trite. But if just a few are inspired to join our fight after seeing us in action, it is meaningful! Don't underestimate the influence that you have! Just look at the recent Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v Wade. That took nearly 50 years! But it happened. You may never see the results of what you do today. But generations to come will be so grateful!

God bless you all!





Dennis Gasper Receives Alvan E. Bovay Award

Congratulations to Dennis Gasper, former RPSC Chair, for receiving the Alvan E. Bovay Award at the State GOP Convention on May 21, 2022. His tireless efforts were recognized at the Chairmen's Luncheon with comments by Darryl Carlson, RPSC Vice Chair and a sweet pic of him with Darryl and RPW Chairman, Paul Farrow.

Open Letter to Bob

Open Letter to Bob

"Open Letter to Bob"

Russ Otten 4/19/22

Background: I received the following email on April 5 via our form submission on the RPSC website, which at the time did not require an email address from the sender. Since I have no way to directly respond to Bob, I thought you might like to read it along with my response.

Name: bob

Message: hello, just curious, has the Gop given up in the city?. six years living here, never a candidate visit. I get planty of unwanted dem visits. not muct info on who to vote for. nothing on ballet so who can tell the gop candidate. are you just thinking the average voter knows the dems in charge always put gop peeps second? thought that the court stopped the gerry- mandering attempt yet the wards are changed. whats the info on this? I mean who wants to sign up for a news letter and get hammered three or four times a day asking for money. I made that mistake with Trump. now I cant stop the endless unwanted texts trying every tactic they can to steal my money. I am not GOP. I am conservative and the GOP is the best option. ROBIN VOSS is not only a GOP traitor, he is supporting a coup and is a national traitor.

Dear Bob, thanks for your note. I share your passion for conservatism and want you to know that in no way have we given up on Sheboygan or Sheboygan County. We exist with the single goal of electing freedom fighters for local offices and those in Madison who represent us. In fact, for the first time in our history, we supported candidates in the recent Spring local elections. Many made calls, did literature drops, and put up yard signs. Though these are called non-partisan offices, those who are elected have a set of values that determine how they vote on issues. We want those offices filled with people who share our values and will fight for them. Several of our candidates beat liberal incumbents. It was a good start. We learned a lot and will be making major upgrades to the campaigns of our candidates next Spring. This includes what we post on our website regarding districts, maps, voting polls, and, of course, our candidates.

Bob, if you become a member of the Republican Party of Sheboygan (RPSC), you will NEVER receive a message from us asking for money. You may get messages from the state or national Republican Party asking for money, but NEVER from the RPSC! What you will get as a member is an opportunity to make a difference. We have many events and activities with one goal - to elect freedom fighters! If you are up for the fight, join us! We need you, your passion, and your activism.

Bob, I was reluctant to join the RPSC, too. In fact, after the 2020 election was stolen, I checked out completely for several months. When our legislators certified the electoral votes without even the slight bit of a pushback, I was done. But God pushed me back into the world of politics. He told me that to make a difference I had to get back in the arena and fight. I am so glad that I followed His leading. I found out that there are thousands (like you) who just want to know that the RPSC means something, that it will hold our legislators accountable, that doing the right thing is not an option but the only thing. With your view of Voss (which mirrors mine), I know that you will find the RPSC to be your home.

Bob, if you read this, please connect with me directly at [email protected] or (920)207-3894. I would love to carry on this conversation, maybe even inspire you to engage in this fight!


Russ Otten,

RPSC Chair



The following candidates we supported won in their respective races.


Judge Maria Lazar 158,290


Suzanne SPELTZ District 12
James COULSON District 13
Jacob IMMEL District 19


Joseph HEIDEMANN District 10


Mark MANCL Out of city (1) seat


Janell BOHN



Editors Note: After the Tuesday, April 5th Spring Election, Sheboygan City Council District 10 candidate Joseph Heidemann won over Andre Walton 403 to 402 votes. Thursday afternoon Heidemann was informed by the City Clerk that an additional "vote" had been found.

Friday, April 8, 2020

After the Elections Canvas members voted to allow the additional ballot, it was then revealed that it was for......wait for it.......Andre Walton! So, the next step, according to state election law (which is, in my opinion, really messed up), a winner had to be determined by a card draw. Walton drew a 3. Joe drew a KING! So, Joe is the declared winner!

Walton now has the right to request a recount of the election. I believe this request was filed about 12 seconds after he lost the card draw. This recount will be set by the City Clerk for a date and time. I will let you know along with the rules of the recount and who may observe. If the recount shows no changes, Joe is the winner.

For now, say a prayer of thanks that God intervened!

Long live, King Joe!


Lincoln-Reagan Dinner A Smashing Success

Lincoln-Reagan Dinner A Smashing Success

Over 220 patriots gathered on February 25 and were stirred by the passionate words of Sen. Ron Johnson. Those who attended were a wonderful mix of long-time Party members and Freedom Fighters who recently joined the Party.

The Village at 170 was the site of this year’s annual gala. Everyone enjoyed an evening of great food, animated conversations, and a charged atmosphere.

Master of Ceremonies, Regular Joe (Giganti), challenged the guests to be aware of national, state, and local issues and get active.

Former RPSC Chair, Dennis Gasper, was recognized and presented with several gifts for his years of service. New Chair, Russ Otten, closed the evening with exciting news that the Party had grown from 175 to 300 members in just 5 months.

Sheboygan’s local elections are nonpartisan, but Democratic and Republican parties still play a role. Here’s how.

Sheboygan’s local elections are nonpartisan, but Democratic and Republican parties still play a role. Here’s how.

Maya Hilty   Sheboygan Press March 24, 2022


SHEBOYGAN - People who vote in local elections can have powerful sway because not many people do it.

Last year, only 27% of registered voters in Sheboygan County, about 20,000 people, voted in spring elections.

In comparison, 92% of registered voters, about 66,000 people, voted in the prior November 2020 election.

This April, voters will elect the entire Sheboygan County Board, among other school board, city council and town board members. Although these elections are nonpartisan, activating and educating voters are priorities for the county Republican and Democratic parties.

The Republican Party of Sheboygan County is helping the campaigns of several candidates who share conservative values, such as maintaining personal freedoms, party chairman Russ Otten said.

The county Democratic Party is focused on sharing information about voting and candidates from nonpartisan organizations, party chairwoman Maeve Quinn said.

While both parties have members running for office, the GOP’s activation of candidates this spring is most evident, with the majority of contested seats on the county board featuring new challengers who are highlighting conservative issues.

Here’s how the parties have been preparing for the April 5 election and how the party chairpeople view nonpartisan elections.

Activated by local issues, Sheboygan County Republican Party is helping in campaigns


Recent issues on the county board, Sheboygan city council and school boards have activated the conservative base and county Republican Party, Otten said.

For example, more than 100 people protested an ordinance the county board proposed (but eventually dropped) in August 2020 they felt wrongly authorized a nonelected official, the county health officer, to impose penalties on people for violating public health orders.

The near-unanimous election of an activist and executive director of a progressive organization to the Sheboygan city council by other council members last October was another controversial issue for conservatives, Otten said.

On the school board, masking and critical race theory are examples of issues that have driven people to get involved, he said.

In response, the Republican Party has recruited people for local office and helped them learn how to become candidates, Otten said.

The party has hosted several events this year where people could meet conservative candidates.

“That really puts our group of freedom-fighter candidates out there for everyone to see,” Otten said. “We’re trying to educate people as to those candidates we believe share our values.”

He added: “We did not set any kind of a platform for them to sign off on. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about freedom fighting — people who are wanting to put their views into action.”

One example of an issue some conservative candidates are rallying around is opposition to proposed wind turbines in Sheboygan County.

“We have three county board candidates that are making it a campaign issue, so it’s getting a lot of traction,” Otten said. “What that group is trying to do is say, ‘Let’s do this as a county and say we don’t want these monstrosities in our county.’ I think a county board who took that strong stance would be heroes, but a lot of people don’t want to make that an issue.”

In candidate interviews and on social media, candidates have identified things such as medical freedom, Second Amendment rights, fiscal responsibility and protection of constitutional freedoms as key campaign issues.

Seven freedom-fighter candidates are running for county board, which is a lot, Otten said. Ten seats on the 25-member county board are contested.

The county's Republican Party website links to a Sheboygan County for Freedoms “Guide to spring elections,” which are the personal choices of Judi Pool and not formal endorsements from Sheboygan County for Freedoms, it says.

Democratic Party is sharing voting information and candidate interviews by nonpartisan organizations

The Sheboygan County Democratic Party does not support candidates in local elections, Quinn said.

Ahead of spring elections, the party is focused on sharing information about how to vote and directing voters to nonpartisan groups to learn more about local candidates, she said.

“Within Sheboygan County, we have a pretty low voter turnout for the spring," Quinn said. "I sometimes think that people don’t quite realize how low voter turnout is."

She added: “Our focus is very much to get the vote out and make sure people know that there’s an election and local elections matter. Local elections have the biggest impact on the quality of life that we have here in our city, and it’s the same for other municipalities."

The party is spreading awareness that some polling places have changed after redistricting, including in Sheboygan, and that citizens in every municipality have the option to vote early.

People can call their municipal clerk to find out when and where early voting is, which has already started.

People can find the name and phone number of municipal clerks using myvote.wi.gov.

The Democratic Party is also letting people know where to learn more about candidates, including reading Sheboygan Press candidate profiles, watching the videos of the American Association of University Women candidate forums, and going to vote411.org, a League of Women Voters site with candidates’ responses to questions, Quinn said.

Those organizations are all nonpartisan and give candidates the same questions.

Quinn said it's “troubling” some candidates declined to participate in the AAUW forums and fewer than half of candidates running for office in Sheboygan County responded to the vote411.org questions.

“We’re just trying to make sure we share information so that people can research it, learn about their options, and then they can make an informed choice of who they think would be a good candidate to fulfill the duties of that office,” Quinn said.

Local elections are nonpartisan. What does that mean?

Parties don’t endorse candidates in local elections, but voters should know where candidates stand on the issues.

Those are two things on which the county Republican Party and Democratic Party chairs agree.

The Republican Party is not trying to make local races partisan, Otten said.

“I think we’re trying to catch up to reality," he said. "These bodies that are having major elections are not filled with people that have, in my estimation, conservative values. For so long, people have said these are nonpartisan offices. OK, but when partisan people run, it’s pretty obvious.”

Voters don’t know what candidates stand for when candidates use vague language like, “We’re for the people,” Otten said.

“There’s no such thing as nonpartisan anymore. Everybody has a view," he said. "I would say this: It’s not an endorsed election. We’re not endorsing candidates, we are just identifying people that we feel share our values. I think we should make clear distinctions between people and how they would vote on certain issues.”

For the Democratic Party, Quinn said the “essence” of nonpartisan forums is inviting all candidates who are running to answer questions.

“We don’t know what party affiliation candidates are, and it really does not matter because they have been elected to do the best that they can for their community based on conversations they’ve had with the citizens they represent,” she said.

“I think (nonpartisan races) are a wonderful tradition here because it really focuses on who has the knowledge, skills and experience for a position, and it’s not about them being part of a party,” Quinn added. “Local spring elections are my favorite because these are all people who really want to make a difference in their community.”

How to vote

To vote, people must be registered and present a photo ID. People can register to vote online at myvote.wi.gov or at the polling place the day of the election.

People can also register to vote by mail by printing out the voter registration form on elections.wi.gov.

In-person voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 5.

Reach Maya Hilty at 920-400-7485 or [email protected]