To The Voters of Lincoln County:
We unfortunately find it necessary to write a second letter in regards to the upcoming election and the race that is being run for Lincoln County clerk. In the previous letter we voiced our 1st Amendment right of free speech and endorsed incumbent Sheila Pudelko for the job based on her qualifications and experience. No mention was made of her opponent, Chris Marlowe, and his lack of qualifications and experience.
Last week Mr. Marlowe made phone calls to some of the clerks who signed the letter stating that we were in violation of Wisconsin State Statute 19.59 (br) and saying that we could each be fined $1,000 for signing the letter with our job titles. In response to this, a copy of the letter was sent to the Wisconsin Towns Association with a request to interpret the statute. The attorney who responded stated, “The clerks are fine here. The statute referenced alludes to promises, etc., for someone to support a particular candidate. Instead, merely saying who you are and that you hold a type of position together with an endorsement is fine. So I do not see any ethical wrongdoing here.”
We have great concern with how Mr. Marlowe handled this situation. He has managed to now create feelings of animosity between himself and the clerks as some of those contacted felt he was threatening, harassing and bullying. Is this how he would like to begin a new job?
As for Mr. Marlowe’s qualifications and his comparing himself to Bob Kunkel, he may have the same qualifications that Mr. Kunkel did when he first ran for county clerk, but he does not have the years of experience that Mr. Kunkel gained as county clerk. Mr. Marlowe has stated that he will learn the job. Who is going to provide him with that training? Why should the taxpayers of Lincoln County pay him for on the job training when we have a candidate who is already qualified in Sheila Pudelko?
We are sorry for Mr. Marlowe’s job loss. Would he be so interested in becoming county clerk if he were still employed? Mr. Marlowe’s interest in the election process can be shown by looking at his lack of voting history. This can be found by going to https://vpa.wi.gov
clicking on Voter Search and typing in Mr. Marlowe’s name and birth date which are on his website. Then click on his name and “View Voting History.” We would also encourage you to look at Mr. Marlowe’s history in Wisconsin Courts at http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl
Mr. Marlowe may be a “nice guy” and he may have grown up in Merrill, however, that does not make him qualified for the job of county clerk. Mr. Marlowe has no experience in government, Ms. Pudelko has 30 years. For all these reasons we would like to endorse Sheila Pudelko for County Clerk. Show you care about Lincoln County; vote Incumbent Sheila Pudelko on Aug. 14.
Amy K. Duley, Clerk, Town of Pine River
Mary Baltich, Clerk, Town of Wilson
Ann Eckman, Clerk, Town of Bradley
Cynthia Lokemoen, Clerk, Town of Birch
Judith Buch, Clerk, Town of Rock Falls
Betty Lucas, Clerk, Town of Skanawan
Lou Israel, Clerk, Town of Tomahawk
Naomi Fischer, Clerk, Town of Merrill
Andrea Michaud, Clerk, Town of King
Corrie Schoone, Clerk, Town of Harrison