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Dennis Wiser
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Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 7
Board President
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Racine Common Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
ProfessionRetired educator
Office website
Dennis Wiser is an at-large member of the Racine Board of Education in Wisconsin. He has served on the board since 2008. Wiser won re-election to the board in the general election on April 1, 2014.


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.[1]



See also: Racine Unified School District elections (2014)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin Hargrove Incumbent 18.6% 4,326
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Wiser Incumbent 17.2% 3,996
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamala Handrow Incumbent 17% 3,954
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWally Rendón Incumbent 14.4% 3,355
     Nonpartisan Jacqueline Pinager 12% 2,795
     Nonpartisan Henry Perez 12% 2,790
     Nonpartisan Thomas Fineran 8.2% 1,915
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 23,226
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.[2]


Wiser did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes


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. [3]

The Journal Times (2014), [4]

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.[5] Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.[6]

About the district

See also: Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine , Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents.[7] Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[8]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Racine (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 61.8 86.2
Black or African American 22.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 0.8 2.3
Two or More Races 4.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[9]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 50.8 47.3
2008 52.7 45.4
2004 47.3 51.4

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.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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