By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch
NEENAH – Jay Schroeder (R-Neenah) announced on Wednesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for Wisconsin Secretary of State.
Schroeder, a Mortgage Executive, becomes the second Republican to go for the position of Secretary of State. In an official statement, he said: “Today exactly one year from the general election. I announce my candidacy for Wisconsin Secretary of State. Empowering the electorate for more efficient government will be my number one priority!”
Also, Schroeder mentioned in his press release an article from the Waukesha Freeman written over 60 years ago questioning if Wisconsin should have an elected Secretary of State. The article said: “They wondered why Wisconsin was having an election at all for Secretary of State, the paucity of candidates for this and other offices reveals their diminishing importance and suggests, perhaps, that someday the legislature recognize reality and abolish them altogether. “ A key issue that Schroeder will pursue is asking the Legislature to approve a statewide referendum to eliminate the office of Secretary of State.
The other Republican in the race to for Secretary of State is former Waupun City Councilman Rohn Bishop (R-Waupun).