Lauded for community work

We support Terry Weld for City Council president because we believe in helping to make our city the best possible place to live. We support Terry because we believe it is the most meaningful thing we can do right now to ensure Eau Claire’s continued success.

In 2000, when we began our efforts to create the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, we were young and not well-known or very experienced. We needed a strong community leader who was willing to work unbelievably hard, for no pay, and willing to put their name and reputation on the line for something they believed would become a wonderful addition to Eau Claire. And so we turned to Weld.

We knew Terry to be a good business owner and employer who genuinely cared for and helped people. He helped employees, friends and community members because it was the right thing to do, not for personal gain or recognition. After four years, countless hours and generous personal contributions, we opened the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire with Weld at the helm as our board president.

Our experience is that Terry knows and cares about Eau Claire and the people who live here. He understands the value of being pragmatic and doing things right the first time. He listens carefully to others so he can make the best decision for all involved. We have never seen Terry put his own needs before others. He is a great leader who is both true to his word and tough, but compassionate to those in need. He works harder than just about anyone.

It’s impossible not to like him. Our 20 years of knowing him tells us that Weld will be a great city council president.

Patrick Rebman, Suzie Slota

Eau Claire

Support for Judge Neubauer

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn differ widely in their views and endorsements.

Neubauer affirms, “I am running because I care about making sure our court is fair, impartial, independent, and upholds the rule of law. Now, more than ever, we need our courts to protect the rights of all Wisconsinites and the fundamental principles of our democracy.”

Neubauer has been recognized for practicing these ideals by being elected twice to the Court of Appeals and then appointed its chief justice in 2015. She is endorsed by 331 current and former judges and by 80 current and former sheriffs and district attorneys — support that bridges both parties.

Conversely, Hagedorn is endorsed by six judges and 38 sheriffs, but lost his endorsement from the Wisconsin Realtors Association over concerns of principles and values.

As chief legal counsel for former Gov. Scott Walker, Hagedorn worked to undermine a Wisconsin law providing basic rights for LGBT couples like hospital visitation and inheritance. The state Supreme Court unanimously disagreed, upholding the law in its decision. Hagedorn remains on the board of the private school he helped found which can expel students and teachers for being LGBT.

Hagedorn wrote, “We’re close, very close to a complete Republican takeover of (U.S.) government. We have not been able to pass our Republican agenda in part because we do not have enough power.”

He also has claimed there is nothing in the Constitution to prohibit a state from declaring its own official religion, but now affirms that states may not establish their own religions “under current doctrine.”

How judges interpret the law is crucial.

Every vote for Neubauer for Supreme Court judge on April 2 is vital to uphold the rule of law fairly, impartially and independently.

Kathy Kascewicz