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Wisconsin Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

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One down ballot state executive position was up for election in the state of Wisconsin in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

The lone down ballot race in 2014 featured candidates running for Wisconsin State Treasurer. Incumbent Kurt Schuller (R) first won election in 2010 and did not file for re-election in 2014 because he pledged to only serve one term. Five candidates were seeking the treasurer's office, including Democratic candidate David Sartori and Republican Matt Adamczyk. Matt Adamczyk won in the general election.

The hot topic in the 2014 treasurer's race was a failed effort in the Wisconsin State Legislature to eliminate the office. All five candidates made public statements about the issue available here.

The treasurer's office has gone back and forth between Republican and Democratic officeholders since 2002. Wisconsin voters have proven willing to choose challengers over incumbents with incumbents Jack Voight and Dawn Marie Sass ousted in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Learn more about how past treasurer elections fit into the larger political picture in Wisconsin by jumping to the past elections section.

Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]



General election

Republican Party Matt Adamczyk[4]Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party David Sartori[5]
Constitution Party Andrew Zuelke - Constitution Party candidate[5]
Green Party Ron Hardy - Winnebago County Supervisor[6]
Libertarian Party Jerry Shidell - Libertarian candidate[7]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Randall Melchert[7]
Democratic Party David Leeper[5]

Declined to run

Republican Party Kurt Schuller - Incumbent
Republican Party Scott Feldt - Deputy state treasurer and member of the Janesville School Board[8]
Republican Party Jack Voight - Former state treasurer[8]
Democratic Party Dan Bohrod - Budget analyst for the City of Madison[9]
Democratic Party Brandon White[5]


Primary election

Democratic primary
Wisconsin Treasurer Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Sartori 51.5% 119,756
David Leeper 48.5% 112,584
Total Votes 232,340
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
Republican primary
Wisconsin Treasurer Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Adamczyk 61.8% 132,598
Randall Melchert 38.2% 82,117
Total Votes 214,715
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

General election

Wisconsin Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Adamczyk 48.8% 1,120,140
     Democratic David Sartori 44.7% 1,026,548
     Green Ron Hardy 2.9% 66,120
     Libertarian Jerry Shidell 2.3% 53,113
     Constitution Andrew Zuelke 1.2% 28,053
     Nonpartisan Scattering 0.1% 1,244
Total Votes 2,295,218
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.


The Wisconsin treasurer serves as the chief banking officer of the state. The treasurer is responsible for managing the unclaimed property program, college savings program and a local government investment funds pool.[10]

Campaign themes

Proposed elimination of treasurer's office

The continued existence of the treasurer's office has been an issue since the 2010 campaign, when former Treasurer Kurt Schuller (R) campaigned to eliminate the position. Supporters of a constitution amendment to eliminate the state treasurer cite the official's $68,000 per year salary and limited responsibilities. The Wisconsin State Assembly approved the amendment in February 2014, but the Wisconsin State Senate did not consider the measure during the same legislative session.[11][12] A constitutional amendment must be passed by both legislative chambers in successive sessions before reaching the ballot.

Here are the positions of the candidates for state treasurer in 2014 on this issue:

Matt Adamczyk

Supported elimination of office

As you may know, Governor Walker and the legislature have removed almost all duties that once were the responsibility of the state treasurer and transferred those duties to other agencies. I fully support this effort by Governor Walker and the Republican legislature to save tax dollars with these efficiencies.

Frankly, the office is already irrelevant. The functions are already at other agencies. For example, the unclaimed property program was wisely moved to the WI DOR. With legislation already passed, some claimants will get their unclaimed property without every having to make a claim. [13]

—League of Women Voters of Dane County website, (2014) [14]

David Sartori

Opposed elimination of office

Our German and Scandinavian ancestors purposely designed our executive branch as an internal "check & balance" to executive power. That is precisely why we have elected officials serving, as opposed to appointed officials. Advocates for abolishing this office have lusted to control the riches that this office produced in past years. Yet, no nonpartisan professional cost/benefit analysis has been performed supporting savings.. What about the public riches generated annually by the public land trusts described in Article X of our Constitution? Every state in American has a treasurer. [13]

—League of Women Voters of Dane County website, (2014) [14]

Andrew Zuelke

Opposed elimination of office

The treasurer's office is not "outdated"; it has been gutted. Should we take away the duties of other elected offices and eliminate them, too? Appointed department heads that perform badly can't be voted out of office so making bureaucracies stronger doesn't empower voters. We can't just "get rid of" the State Treasurer; our constitution must be amended. So taking away the duties of an office that will be with us years from now is stupid. I want the duties restored so the State Treasurer earns his pay. Why isn't the Treasurer being included in the Tax Reform Round Table discussions? [13]

—League of Women Voters of Dane County website, (2014) [14]

Ron Hardy

Opposed elimination of office

This position has been stripped of almost all power and authority over the years. The last thing Wisconsin needs is more power and authority moved under the control of the Governor's office. The traditional powers of the State Treasurer, oversight of banking, investment of state funds, and the collection of tax revenue, should be restored to the office of the Treasury, like most other states, where it can be directly accountable to the people through the ballot box. [13]

—League of Women Voters of Dane County website, (2014) [14]

Jerry Shidell

Supported elimination of office

Little needs to be taken over by others. The Treasurer as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands simply rubber stamps, with rare exception, loans to governing bodies that the agency says should be allowed. If the Treasurer were eliminated, the position on the Public Lands board could be filled by a non-paid appointment from the Governor's office, with legislative approval, or the legislature could appoint a member. Other agencies give loans or grants with ultimate oversight from the legislature. Why can't this loan giving agency do the same? Eliminate the job. [13]

—League of Women Voters of Dane County website, (2014) [14]


Hypothetical match-ups

Wisconsin Treasurer
Poll Randall Melchert (R) David Leeper (D)Ron Hardy (G)Other/UnsureSample Size
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July 31-August 3, 2014
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Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $104,469 during the election. This information was last updated on January 12, 2015.[15]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
David Sartori Democratic Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $41,729
Randall Melchert Republican Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $25,200
Matt Adamczyk Republican Party Wisconsin Treasurer Won $21,341
David Leeper Democratic Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $12,124
Andrew Zuelke Constitution Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $4,075
Ron Hardy Green Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $0
Jerry Shidell Libertarian Party Wisconsin Treasurer Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $104,469

Past elections

Margin of victory analysis

The average margin of victory in the past three races for treasurer was 4.5 percent. The smallest margin of victory was 0.5 percent in 2006, while the largest margin of victory was 6.9 percent in 2010. Percentages of votes for third-party candidates have decreased from 6.9 percent in 2002 to a scattering of votes in 2010. The following chart compares the margin of victory for winners of treasurer races with the margin of victory for candidates who won the most votes for the top race on the ballot:[16]

Margin of victory analysis
Year Treasurer candidate margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate Top race on ballot Party of winning candidate Margin of victory (%)
2010 6.9 Republican Party Governor of Wisconsin Republican Party 5.7
2006 0.5 Democratic Party Governor of Wisconsin Democratic Party 7.4
2002 6.2 Republican Party Governor of Wisconsin Democratic Party 3.7


Wisconsin State Treasurer, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKurt W. Schuller 53.4% 1,101,320
     Democratic Dawn Marie Sass Incumbent 46.5% 958,468
     - Scattering 0.1% 2,873
Total Votes 2,062,661
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


Wisconsin State Treasurer, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Marie Sass 47.4% 971,598
     Republican Jack C. Voight Incumbent 46.9% 962,209
     Libertarian Tim Peterson 2.9% 59,203
     Green Winston Sephus, Jr. 2.8% 57,326
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,529
Total Votes 2,051,865
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


Wisconsin State Treasurer, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack C. Voight Incumbent 49.6% 824,049
     Democratic Dawn Marie Sass 43.4% 720,445
     Green Paul Aschenbrenner 6.9% 114,955
     - Scattering 0.1% 1,526
Total Votes 1,660,975
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 2, 2014 Filing deadline
August 12, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
December 1, 2014 Certification of results
January 5, 2015 State executives inaugurated

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See also

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Matt Adamczyk for State Treasurer, "About Matt," accessed April 23, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," February 17, 2014 (dead link)
  6. Wisconsin Green Party, "Wisconsin Greens endorse 3 candidates for Fall 2014 elections, launch petition drive," April 17, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed July 4, 2014
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named janesville
  9. Wisconsin Election Watch, "Dan Bohrod," February 5, 2014
  10. Wisconsin State Treasury, "The treasurer's office," accessed August 25, 2011
  11. WISN, "Wis. Assembly approves proposal to eliminate state treasurer," February 12, 2014
  12. Blogging Blue, "State Treasurer candidate Dan Bohrod thanks State Senate for no action on elimination of Treasurer position," accessed October 7, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 League of Women Voters of Dane County Inc., "Wisconsin State Treasurer," accessed October 7, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Overview of Wisconsin 2014 elections," accessed January 12, 2015
  16. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Election Results," accessed October 7, 2014