Bill Folk Thanks Supporters from Across the State

Racine GOP Chairman discusses run for Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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(Racine, WI) – “Since December I have traveled the state speaking to voters about the fall elections and it is clear that the majority of people, myself included, are excited to reelect Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch. Along the way I’m proud to say that I have educated people about what the office of Secretary of State once was, what it should be, and the major issues that Wisconsin will face down the road if we continue with unelected and unaccountable boards.

Elections always come down to the following: Are you qualified? Can you defeat your opponent? Can you complete the goals set by the campaign?

As it relates to the race of Secretary of State I've determined the following:

  • Do I have the best resume? There is no contest here; I possess the best credentials to reform the office of Secretary of State.
  • Can I defeat Doug La Follette? Simple answer is yes. La Follette only asks for more duties come election time and expects the people of Wisconsin to ignore the fact that he has done nothing since the last election.
  • Will the Legislature work with me to reform the office of Secretary of State?  Here, I believe, the answer is ‘No.’

We continue to see news related to the unelected and unaccountable Government Accountability Board (GAB) that would indicate that the GAB is in major need of oversight. The legislature continues to discuss alternatives but returning the duties to an elected officer does not seem to be one of them. The decision always seems to come back to putting the power back in the hands of an unelected board similar to the State Elections Board which the GAB was created to replace less than 10 years ago.

So it is with a bit of sorrow that I am announcing today that I will not be continuing to seek the office of Secretary of State.

I would like to thank all of my loyal supporters across the state that have reached out to me and offered me words of encouragement – without you campaigns like mine would not be able to reach the whole state. Thank you!

As the Racine County Republican Party Chairman I will continue my duties to work hard to ensure that Republicans across the state.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 .