Amy Loudenbeck, the GOP state lawmaker looking to unseat longtime Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette, says she’s not running for a “power grab” or pushing to fully take control of the state’s elections.

“Having unilateral power to be the chief decider is not something that I think the Legislature has an appetite for, and I don’t think the public would either,” Loudenbeck said on WISN’s “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Loudenbeck said if elected she wants to expand the office’s power, which Republicans have all but eliminated over La Follette’s four decades in office, but in partnership with the Legislature.

“I want to be really clear and manage expectations so that people realize that I am trying to open the door to an office to have conversations with people, and I’m not trying to have a hidden agenda,” Loudenbeck said. “This is not a power grab. This is just about using a constitutional office for a duty that most other states recognize belongs there.”

Secretary of state races have gained national prominence in the wake of the 2020 election.

“I’m running against someone who has been in office literally almost as long as I’ve been alive and his built-in name ID because of relatives who served before him,” Loudenbeck said. “For me, I’m building my name ID. I’m out there. I’m meeting people where they’re at. He’s not.”

As Hispanic Heritage months kicks off, Milwaukee alderwoman and former state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa says Democrats can’t take the Latino vote for granted.

“I am a proud Democrat, but I do see the Republicans really trying to make inroads into our Latino community,” Zamarripa said. “And so it is imperative and very important now more than ever that Democrats not take our Latino, Latina community for granted, that we have seen them start to make that exodus to the more conservative side, and we can’t let that happen.”

Zamarrpia said elected officials and the political parties need to do more to engage the Latino population.

“Here in Wisconsin, even though we see this vast population growth in terms of our numbers, it’s not necessarily translating into the vote,” Zamarripa said. “It’s imperative, paramount that our political leaders, that our political parties invest in this electorate. We need to make sure that those that are eligible to vote are getting out to the polls to vote for the candidate they feel reflects their values.”

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School poll, asked in last week’s most recent poll what voters think about the issue of crime, one that has been front-and-center in both the race for governor and U.S. Senate.

“There’s some very striking differences,” Franklin said on the show. “One question we asked was going about your daily activities, do you generally feel pretty safe or do you worry about crime? And on that measure about 75 percent of the public feel safe in their daily activities, only a quarter are worried. Now that is virtually identical whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or Independent. But when we ask how concerned are you about crime, there are bigger partisan differences with more than 70 percent saying they’re very concerned, just barely 50 percent of Democrats say they’re very concerned.”

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https://www.wisn.com/upfront

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