|Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 2008|
|Racine Common Council|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Master's||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
Wiser earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Wiser worked for 34 years as a teacher and college instructor in Southeast Wisconsin. He also served six years as executive director of the Racine Education Association. Wiser currently represents District 10 on the Racine Common Council.
Dennis Wiser ran against six other candidates for four available seats in the general election on April 1, 2014.
|Racine Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Melvin Hargrove Incumbent||18.6%||4,326|
|Nonpartisan||Dennis Wiser Incumbent||17.2%||3,996|
|Nonpartisan||Pamala Handrow Incumbent||17%||3,954|
|Nonpartisan||Wally Rendón Incumbent||14.4%||3,355|
|Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014|
Wiser reported no contributions or expenditures to the school board secretary, which left his campaign with $811.15 on hand from his previous campaign.
Wiser did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Wiser explained his campaign themes for 2014 in an interview with The Journal Times:
What makes you most qualified for a board seat?
I’m qualified because I was in the classroom for almost 30 years and I know what it takes to support quality education.
Are you familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and do you support or oppose them?
Familiar with standards.
At this point I totally support the Common Core State Standards. It will bring a level of high standards, accountability and uniformity that’s been missing from education for along time.
Do you favor fixing school building components like boilers when they break down or, proactively, when they outlive their life expectancies?
I favor the plan. ...It’s obviously going to have to come from pinching pennies by consolidating positions, consolidating facilities, and in some instances by updating some of our facilities we’ll be able to save money that can get reinvested in maintenance elsewhere. And if we do a good enough job we may be able to ask for a facilities referendum. 
—The Journal Times (2014), 
What was at stake?
Wiser, Pamala Handrow, Melvin Hargrove and Wally Rendón won re-election against Jacqueline Pinager and Henry Perez. Rendón was appointed in September 2013 to replace Gretchen Warner. State law required Rendón to seek election since Warner resigned prior to her last year in office. Hargrove, Handrow and Wiser won full terms while Rendón earned a one-year unexpired term by placing fourth. The leadership of the board was at stake on April 1 as Wiser serves as the board president, Hargrove serves as vice president and Handrow serves as the clerk. Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.
About the districtRacine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents. Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.
Racine underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Racine residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Racine was $38,789 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Racine was 21.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Dennis Wiser, "My Background," accessed February 6, 2014
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Patricia Meyer on March 25, 2014.
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- Journal Times, "Racine School Board candidates on the issues," March 18, 2014
- Journal Times, "Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election," January 7, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Fineran drops out of Unified board race," March 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Racine, Wisconsin," accessed February 5, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Racine Unified School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Thomas Fineran • Pamala Handrow • Melvin Hargrove • Henry Perez • Jacqueline Pinager • Wally Rendón • Dennis Wiser|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|