Andy Craig (Wisconsin)

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Andy Craig
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Former candidate for
Wisconsin Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHendrix College (2009-2011)
Campaign website
Andy Craig was a Libertarian candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] Craig lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Craig attended Hendrix College from 2009-2011 and studied political science.[2]

Craig is the deputy director for the Wisconsin Liberty Coalition, the Wisconsin state director for Our America Initiative and a member of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin.[3]



See also: Wisconsin secretary of state election, 2014

Craig ran for election to the office of Wisconsin Secretary of State. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Secretary of State of Wisconsin, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug La Follette Incumbent 50% 1,161,113
     Republican Julian Bradley 46.3% 1,074,835
     Libertarian Andy Craig 2.5% 58,996
     Constitution Jerry Broitzman 1.1% 25,744
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,347
Total Votes 2,322,035
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

Political philosophy

Craig submitted the following statement about his political philosophy to Ballotpedia:[4]

I advocate a series of nonpartisan constitutional reforms, including abolishing the heavily marginalized office of Wisconsin Secretary of State, and promise to consistently advocate for reason, freedom, and reform in Wisconsin state government during my term.[5]

Race background

See also: Background on La Follette's time in office

Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette faced Republican challenger Julian Bradley and two third-party candidates, Constitution Party candidate Jerry Broitzman and Libertarian Party candidate Andy Craig, in the general election for Wisconsin Secretary of State. La Follette has held this seat since 1983 and is running to extend his winning streak once again. During his time in office, the powers of the Secretary of State's office have been reduced by the Wisconsin Legislature.[6]

Both Republican primary candidates, Bradley and State Representative Garey Bies, argued that the office had become ceremonial and that the current state was unacceptable. While Bies wanted to eliminate the office and give its remaining powers to other agencies, Bradley's platform was to reform the office and regain its former powers.[6][7]

Bradley won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 12 by a large margin, though Republican primary voters do not necessarily prefer the office's reform to elimination, considering this issue's relative obscurity. Some of Bradley's support may have come from his emerging status as a candidate with future potential in the Republican Party, which was underlined in late August 2014 when the Republican State Leadership Committee named this race as "one of 14 races to watch" across the country.[8] La Follette was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION," accessed July 4, 2014
  2. Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on July 7, 2014
  3. Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on July 7, 2014
  4. Information submitted on Ballotpedia’s biographical information submission form on July 7, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. 6.0 6.1 THOnline, "Bradley wins GOP primary for Wisconsin secretary of state," August 12, 2014
  7. Julian Bradley for Secretary of State, "Platform," accessed September 12, 2014
  8. WKBT La Crosse, "Julian Bradley gains national attention running for secretary of state," August 28, 2014