A Candidate



Doug La Follette: Democratic candidate for secretary of state

October 10, 2014 4:30 am

Greetings. I am Doug La Follette and I am asking for your vote on Nov. 4 for secretary of state.

My qualifications include:

— college chemistry teacher

— owner/operator of a successful small business

— state senator representing the Racine/Kenosha area

— deputy director of the Mid-American Solar Energy Center

— public affairs director for the Union of Concerned Scientists a national nonprofit

Please check my website for much more: douglafollette.com

As Wisconsin secretary of state I modernized the office and made it one of the leading SOS offices in the nation until Republican governors, my opponent’s party, removed many responsibilities — making Wisconsin different from the rest of the country and hurting our business climate.

The campaigns this year talk a lot about creating jobs. My position of restoring the important business responsibilities to the office is part of that effort. All across the country secretaries of state handle corporations, trademarks, Uniform Commercial Code and notaries.

For years I successfully oversaw these business services, enhanced the use of technology to better serve the business community, and improved online access and functions to facilitate processing and reduce turnaround time and paperwork and streamline business services.

It is time to return those duties to the Wisconsin SOS.

If we want to really be open for business, it was a mistake to remove these duties from the office, and I will work with the governor and legislators to restore them.

I care about our state and want Wisconsin to provide good opportunities for new business and the important jobs that come with them. Restoring these duties will ensure that Wisconsin is truly open for business and end the confusion and problems for those attempting to obtain business services in our state.

I am also very concerned about the environment and will continue to work to protect our state’s air, water and land. Whether it is sand or iron mining, eutrophication of our lakes or the contamination of our ground water, we all need to fight to protect and improve Wisconsin’s environment.

One of my important responsibilities is chairing the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. We wisely use the almost billion-dollar principal to provide loans to schools and municipalities. The interest from these loans, around $30 million each year, is given to the public school libraries of our state.

I look forward to the campaign and listening to people's thoughts and opinions.

I always say that my most important job is being there when you need help, and I ask for your vote so I may continue to work for the people of our state.


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