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|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
 
|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
|Current candidacy = Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
 
|Current candidacy primary date = February 19, 2013
 
|Current candidacy election date = April 2, 2013
 
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Tenure = 2005 - Present
 
|Tenure = 2005 - Present
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|Per diem = $88/day
 
|Per diem = $88/day
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election = [[Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013|April 2, 2013]]
 
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|High school =
 
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|Bachelor's =Marquette University
 
|Master's =
 
|Master's =
 
|J.D. =
 
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|Religion =
 
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|Office website = http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=99
 
|Office website = http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=99
|Campaign website =
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|Campaign website =http://www.pridemoreforwi.com/
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|Personal website =https://www.facebook.com/donpridemore
 
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{{tnr}}'''Don Pridemore''' (b. October 20, 1946) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing District 22 since 2013. He represented the 99th District from 2005 to 2013.
 
{{tnr}}'''Don Pridemore''' (b. October 20, 1946) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing District 22 since 2013. He represented the 99th District from 2005 to 2013.
  
Pridemore served in the United State Air Force and has worked as an electronics design engineer, electronics research technician, and senior electronics project engineer.
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Pridemore ran for the nonpartisan state executive office of [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction]] in 2013. He was defeated by incumbent [[Tony Evers]] in the general election on April 2, 2013.<ref name=results13>[http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/wisconsin-april-2-spring-election-results-201117611.html#_Supt._of_Public_Instruction ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,'' "Wisconsin April 2 election results," accessed April 3, 2013]</ref>
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==Biography==
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Pridemore served in the United State Air Force and has worked as an electronics design engineer, electronics research technician, and senior electronics project engineer. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.<ref>[http://greendale.patch.com/articles/state-superintendent-race-tony-evers-vs-don-pridemore ''The Greendale Patch,'' "Election Preview: State Superintendent of Schools," March 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
He is a member of the Erin Park Board, American Legion, Hartford Lions, Hartford Area Taxpayers Association, National Rifle Association (NRA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), [[sunshinereview:Washington County, Wisconsin|Washington County]] Republican Party, and [[sunshinereview:Waukesha County, Wisconsin|Waukesha County]] Republican Party.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pridemore]</ref>
 
He is a member of the Erin Park Board, American Legion, Hartford Lions, Hartford Area Taxpayers Association, National Rifle Association (NRA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), [[sunshinereview:Washington County, Wisconsin|Washington County]] Republican Party, and [[sunshinereview:Waukesha County, Wisconsin|Waukesha County]] Republican Party.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pridemore]</ref>
  
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===Education===
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*Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering - Marquette University
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pridemore served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State =Wisconsin
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|year =2013
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Campaigns and Elections
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|Chair1= Vice Chair
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|Committee2 =Education
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|Committee3 = Urban Education
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|Chair3 = Chair
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|Committee4 = Veterans
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|Committee5 = Workforce Development
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}}
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
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During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
* [[Children and Families Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Children and Families Committee]] Chair
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* [[Colleges and Universities Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Colleges and Universities Committee]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Education Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Education Committee]]
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|State =Wisconsin
* [[Elections and Campaign Reform Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Elections and Campaign Reform Committee]]
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|year = 2011
Personal Privacy
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Chair1=Chair
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|Committee1 =Children and Families
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|Committee2 =Colleges and Universities
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|Committee3 =Education
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|Committee4 =Elections and Campaign Reform
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|Committee5 =Personal Privacy
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
  
 
===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
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During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:
* [[Energy and Utilities Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Energy and Utilities Committee]]
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* [[Jobs, the Economy and Small Business Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Jobs, the Economy and Small Business Committee]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Judiciary and Ethics Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Judiciary and Ethics Committee]]
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|State =Wisconsin
* [[Tax Exemptions Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
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|year = 2009
* Special Committee on High-Risk Juvenile Offenders
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|Chamber =State Assembly
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|Committee1 =Energy and Utilities
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|Committee2 =Jobs, the Economy and Small Business
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|Committee3 =Judiciary and Ethics
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|Committee4 =Tax Exemptions
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|Joint4=Yes
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|Committee5 =
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|Collapse=Yes
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}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2017===
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Following his loss in the 2013 race for [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction]], Pridemore announced he would consider running again for the position in 2017 if no other conservatives step up.<ref> [http://gopconvos.wispolitics.com/2013/05/pridemore-still-open-to-another-dpi-run.html ''WisPolitics,'' "Pridemore still open to another DPI run in 2017," May 4, 2013]</ref>
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===2013===
 
===2013===
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013]]''
  
Pridemore is a candidate for the non-partisan statewide position of [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction]] in 2013.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_4_2_2013_spring_election_1__81844.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,'' "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013]</ref>
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Pridemore was a 2013 candidate for the non-partisan statewide position of [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction]].<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files /page/candidates_registered_4_2_2013_spring_election_1__81844.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,'' "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013]</ref> The incumbent, [[Tony Evers]], is running for re-election. Unlike previous elections where multiple individuals filed to run, Pridemore was the only challenger to submit the necessary signatures required to appear on the ballot before the<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_4_2_2013_spring_election_1__72119.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board,'' "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013]</ref> <ref name=greenbay/>filing deadline passed on January 2, 2013<ref name=greenbay>[http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/viewart/20130104/GPG0101/301040214/State-superintendent-Supreme-Court-justice-will-face-challenges ''Green Bay Press Gazette,'' "State Superintendent Supreme Court Justice will face challenges," Accessed January 8, 2013]</ref>, thus negating the need for the scheduled [[Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013|February 19, 2013]] primary election. Evers and Pridemore, a [[Republican]] member of the [[Wisconsin House of Representatives|State House]] since 2005, instead faced off in the general election on April 2, 2013, which Evers won.<ref>[http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2013/jan/03/state-public-school-superintendent-candidates-take-jabs-at-each-other/ ''WTAQ,'' "State public school superintendent candidates take jabs at each other," Accessed January 8, 2013]</ref>
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*'''General election'''
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{{WIGeneralSuper2013Results}}
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===Issues===
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====Campaign themes====
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Pridemore's priorities for the Department of Public Instruction, if elected, include empowering local school boards and administrators to supersede teachers unions as the controlling forces behind state public schools, with the help of Act 10, and placing more emphasis on public schools and conservative style teaching, instead of "choice" schools, or charter schools, to meet the demands of the real world labor force. “There are so many jobs available where the kids coming out of tech schools and high schools don’t have the skills that match those jobs,” he said. “We need to make more connection with the actual world,” he told the ''Portage Daily Register'' in March 2013.<ref>[http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/article_8e5f1d6a-886e-11e2-bad9-0019bb2963f4.html ''Portage Daily Register,'' "Pridemore: Take control of education from union," March 8, 2013]</ref>
 
    
 
    
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He outlines the top issues on his [http://www.pridemoreforwi.com/the-issues/ Official campaign website]. They include, but are not limited to, the following:<ref>[http://www.pridemoreforwi.com/the-issues/ ''Pridemore for Wisconsin,'' "Issues," accessed March 12, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Local Control:'''
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"It is time to get the power and the money out of Madison and back to the local schools. We spend over 500 million dollars per year on special programs. School districts should be allowed to spend that money where they decide it would be most beneficial."
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*'''School Boards:'''
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“School boards should be given the freedom to hire or allow a competent, well trained school official or employee who is experienced with returning force whenever force is required. Police officers, either retired or still on duty, who are trained to respond to school safety situations are the best example of such a qualified person."
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*'''Virtual Schools:'''
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"There can be no doubt that online learning presents the greatest opportunity to take education to the next level for all Americans. Access to specialized instruction that was out of reach 10 years ago is now only a click of the mouse away. We must allow technology and education to come together." 
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===Debates===
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With less than three weeks to go until the election, incumbent [[Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction|state superintendent]] [[Tony Evers]] and Pridemore faced off on March 13, 2013 at a meeting of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards in Madison. The race, which is non-partisan, had focused on education proposals put forth by Gov. [[Scott Walker]] (R) in his [[Wisconsin governor releases 2013-2015 budget, makes income tax cuts top priority|budget plan]].<ref> [http://walworthcountytoday.com/news/2013/mar/12/wisconsin-superintendent-candidates-debate/ ''Walworth County Today,'' "Wisconsin superintendent candidates to debate," March 12, 2013] </ref>
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Pridemore supports Walker's plan to expand the use of vouchers in the state while not increasing public school spending. Meanwhile Evers, who was first elected in 2009, opposes both measures and wants to increase spending by $225 per student.<ref> [http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_22784343/wisconsin-evers-pridemore-clash-education-superintendent-debate '' Twin Cities,'' "Wisconsin: Evers, Pridemore clash in education superintendent debate," March 13, 2013] </ref>
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Pridemore said budgets are tight and schools should not expect more money. "A lot of these common core standards really started with international standards. Now, why should we be beholden to some worldwide organization that's just trying to dumb down America," he stated.<ref> [http://www.wxow.com/story/21634910/evers-pridemore-to-debate-in-superintendent-race ''WXOW,'' "Evers, Pridemore clash in superintendent debate," March 13, 2013] </ref>
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Regarding school safety, Pridemore proposed allowing schools to have armed volunteers to provide security, which Evers said risks turning schools into the "wild west." While presenting a stark contrast in most of their views, the two did agree in their opposition to Walker's proposal to create a separate school board to oversee charter schools.<ref> [http://www.wrn.com/2013/03/stark-contrast-in-state-superintendent-race/ ''Wisconsin Radio Network,'' "Stark contrast in state superintendent race," March 13, 2013] </ref>
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===Money in the campaign===
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On March 25, 2013, one week before the election, ''The Associated Press'' reported that incumbent Tony Evers' re-campaign had spent almost $210,000 since January, and will end the campaign with about $40,000 cash on hand.<ref>[http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Superintendent-Candidate-Evers-Spends-over-200-Thousand-Dollars-on-Re-election-Campaign-199885881.html ''nbc15.com,'' "Superintendent Candidate Evers Spends over 200 Thousand Dollars on Re-election Campaign," March 25, 2013]</ref> These figures reflect the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the candidates' committees with the [http://gab.wi.gov/ Wisconsin Government Accountability Board]. The latest report lists contributions and spending from Jan 1-March 18. According to the AP report, Pridemore's last filing, covering Jan. 1-Feb 4., showed him spending under $20,000, a significantly lower sum than his opponent. However the lion's share of Evers' spending occurred between Feb. 5 and March 18, therefore it is difficult to assess the candidates' comparative financial standing heading into the April 2 election without Pridemore's updated financial summary.  The report also said Pridemore raised $2,400 and had $33,400 on hand as of Feb. 4, 2013.
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===Controversies===
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====Blacklisted reporters====
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On March 17, 2013, the ''Associated Press'' reported on the existence of a memo from Pridemore's campaign containing the names of five members of the press who had been blacklisted, along with their affiliated media outlets, for exhibiting what Pridemore considers "liberal bias." The memo was turned over to the AP by one of the blacklisted reporters, Jack Craver, from ''The Capital Times.'' The memos said: "If the reporter requests an interview, they must submit their questions in a written form and they will receive a written response to only those questions we want to respond to. These are all LIBERAL's and have chosen to parse words, phrases and spin my responses to fit their agendas. If they continue to spin our written responses, they will be ignored in the future." It further instructed that campaign staffers record and track all interactions with blacklisted reporters on a spreadsheet. The memo did not provide specific examples for the biased reporting that led to Craver's and the others' shunning by the campaign.<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7ba70b7208be4a76a23372528926628d/WI--Wisconsin-Superintendent-Blacklist ''The Republic,'' "GOP education superintendent candidate's campaign blacklists 5 Wisconsin reporters," March 17, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===   
 
===2012===   
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]''  
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012]]''  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Pridemore
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|Full name = Don Pridemore
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|year = 2004
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|Editdate = June 5, 2013
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|link = <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=7317 ''followthemoney.org'', "Pridemore, Don," accessed June 5, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Republican
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|totalraised2012 = 62131
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22]]
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|totalraised2010 = 18883
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|result2010 = Won
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|office2010 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99]]
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|totalraised2008 = 15310
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2008|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99]]
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|totalraised2006 = 16495
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|result2006 = Won
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|office2006 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2006|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99]]
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|totalraised2004 = 6928
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|result2004 = Won
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|office2004 = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2004|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99]]
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}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Pridemore
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|full Name = Don Pridemore
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=153011
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 62,131
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|org1 = Pridemore, Don
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|org2 = Republican Party of Milwaukee County
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|org3 = Moon, Marjorie
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|org4 = Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists
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|org5 = Wisconsin Institute of Cpas
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|orgamount1 = 49400
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, Pridemore received $18,883 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2010
 
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|name = Pridemore  
{{slp donor box 2010
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|full Name = Don Pridemore
|Chamber = Wisconsin State Assembly
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131725
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
|total raised = $18,883
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|total raised = 18,883
|org1 = Wisconsin Institute Of CPAs
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|org1 = Wisconsin Institute of Cpas
|org2 = Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association
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|org2 = Zignego, Jill A
|org3 = Bradt, Sam
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|org3 = Zignego, Paul R
|org4 = Wisconsin Republican Party
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|org4 = Zignego, Erika L
|org5 = Tavern League Of Wisconsin
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|org5 = Zignego, David J
|orgdonor1 = $750
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|orgamount1 = 750
|orgdonor2 = $500
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|orgamount2 = 500
|orgdonor3 = $500
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|orgamount3 = 500
|orgdonor4 = $500
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|orgamount4 = 500
|orgdonor5 = $500
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|orgamount5 = 500
 
|}}
 
|}}
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===2008===
 
===2008===
The top 5 donors to Pridemore's 2008 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110263 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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{{SLP donor box 2008
{{legislative donor box}}
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|name = Pridemore
|-
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|full Name = Don Pridemore
| Northwestern Mutual Life
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110263
| align="right" | $500
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
| WI Realtors Assoc
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|party = Republican
| align="right" | $500
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|total raised = 15,310
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|org1 = Wisconsin Realtors Association
| Mitchell, Susan M
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|org2 = Wisconsin Institute of Cpas
| align="right" | $500
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|org3 = Fuller, Howard L
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|org4 = Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
| WI Motor Carriers Assoc
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|org5 = Wisconsin Builders Association
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount1 = 500
|-
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|orgamount2 = 500
| Walton, Lynne
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|orgamount3 = 500
| align="right" | $500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
  
|}
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===2006===
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{{SLP donor box 2006
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|name = Pridemore
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|full Name = Don Pridemore
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87585
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 16,495
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|org1 = Williams, Ann
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|org2 = Williams, Ken
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|org3 = Wisconsin Hospital Association
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|org4 = Garcia, Luis
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|org5 = Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
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|orgamount1 = 750
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|orgamount2 = 671
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 500
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|}}
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===2004===
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{{SLP donor box 2004
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|name = Pridemore
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|full Name = Don Pridemore
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68295
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|office= Wisconsin State Assembly
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 6,928
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|org1 = Pridemore, Donald
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|org2 = Association of State Prosecutors
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|org3 = Wisconsin Republican Party
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|org4 = Karian, Greg
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|org5 = Dunavant, Keith
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|orgamount1 = 1086
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 476
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|orgamount4 = 250
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|orgamount5 = 140
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|}}
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
{{submit a leg link}}
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*[http://www.pridemoreforwi.com/ Pridemore for Wisconsin Superintendent Official 2013 Campaign Site]
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*[https://twitter.com/donpridemore Follow Pridemore's 2013 campaign on '''Twitter''']
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*[https://www.facebook.com/donpridemore Pridemore's 2013 campaign on '''Facebook''']
 
*[http://donpridemore.wordpress.com/ Representative Pridemore's campaign]
 
*[http://donpridemore.wordpress.com/ Representative Pridemore's campaign]
 
*[http://donpridemore.wordpress.com/ Official campaign blog]
 
*[http://donpridemore.wordpress.com/ Official campaign blog]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart biographical profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=51750 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110263 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68295 2004]
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*Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=153011 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=131725 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110263 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=87585 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=68295 2004]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-104236.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-104236.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/76153/wisconsin-%28wi%29-state-assembly-member-don-pridemore-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Representative Pridemore's Freedom Speaks profile]
 
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/76153/wisconsin-%28wi%29-state-assembly-member-don-pridemore-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Representative Pridemore's Freedom Speaks profile]
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Revision as of 09:07, 3 July 2013

Don Pridemore
Pridemore donald.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 2, 2013
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMarquette University
Personal
Birthday10/20/1946
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Don Pridemore (b. October 20, 1946) is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 22 since 2013. He represented the 99th District from 2005 to 2013.

Pridemore ran for the nonpartisan state executive office of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2013. He was defeated by incumbent Tony Evers in the general election on April 2, 2013.[1]

Biography

Pridemore served in the United State Air Force and has worked as an electronics design engineer, electronics research technician, and senior electronics project engineer. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.[2]

He is a member of the Erin Park Board, American Legion, Hartford Lions, Hartford Area Taxpayers Association, National Rifle Association (NRA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Washington County Republican Party, and Waukesha County Republican Party.[3]

Education

  • Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering - Marquette University

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pridemore served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Campaigns and Elections, Vice Chair
Education
Urban Education, Chair
Veterans
Workforce Development

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pridemore served on these committees:

Elections

2017

Following his loss in the 2013 race for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pridemore announced he would consider running again for the position in 2017 if no other conservatives step up.[4]

2013

See also: Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013

Pridemore was a 2013 candidate for the non-partisan statewide position of Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction.[5] The incumbent, Tony Evers, is running for re-election. Unlike previous elections where multiple individuals filed to run, Pridemore was the only challenger to submit the necessary signatures required to appear on the ballot before the[6] [7]filing deadline passed on January 2, 2013[7], thus negating the need for the scheduled February 19, 2013 primary election. Evers and Pridemore, a Republican member of the State House since 2005, instead faced off in the general election on April 2, 2013, which Evers won.[8]

  • General election
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTony Evers Incumbent 61.1% 487,030
     Nonpartisan Don Pridemore 38.7% 308,050
     Scattering Various 0.2% 1,431
Total Votes 796,511
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (dead link).

Issues

Campaign themes

Pridemore's priorities for the Department of Public Instruction, if elected, include empowering local school boards and administrators to supersede teachers unions as the controlling forces behind state public schools, with the help of Act 10, and placing more emphasis on public schools and conservative style teaching, instead of "choice" schools, or charter schools, to meet the demands of the real world labor force. “There are so many jobs available where the kids coming out of tech schools and high schools don’t have the skills that match those jobs,” he said. “We need to make more connection with the actual world,” he told the Portage Daily Register in March 2013.[9]

He outlines the top issues on his Official campaign website. They include, but are not limited to, the following:[10]

  • Local Control:

"It is time to get the power and the money out of Madison and back to the local schools. We spend over 500 million dollars per year on special programs. School districts should be allowed to spend that money where they decide it would be most beneficial."

  • School Boards:

“School boards should be given the freedom to hire or allow a competent, well trained school official or employee who is experienced with returning force whenever force is required. Police officers, either retired or still on duty, who are trained to respond to school safety situations are the best example of such a qualified person."

  • Virtual Schools:

"There can be no doubt that online learning presents the greatest opportunity to take education to the next level for all Americans. Access to specialized instruction that was out of reach 10 years ago is now only a click of the mouse away. We must allow technology and education to come together."

Debates

With less than three weeks to go until the election, incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers and Pridemore faced off on March 13, 2013 at a meeting of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards in Madison. The race, which is non-partisan, had focused on education proposals put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his budget plan.[11]

Pridemore supports Walker's plan to expand the use of vouchers in the state while not increasing public school spending. Meanwhile Evers, who was first elected in 2009, opposes both measures and wants to increase spending by $225 per student.[12]

Pridemore said budgets are tight and schools should not expect more money. "A lot of these common core standards really started with international standards. Now, why should we be beholden to some worldwide organization that's just trying to dumb down America," he stated.[13]

Regarding school safety, Pridemore proposed allowing schools to have armed volunteers to provide security, which Evers said risks turning schools into the "wild west." While presenting a stark contrast in most of their views, the two did agree in their opposition to Walker's proposal to create a separate school board to oversee charter schools.[14]

Money in the campaign

On March 25, 2013, one week before the election, The Associated Press reported that incumbent Tony Evers' re-campaign had spent almost $210,000 since January, and will end the campaign with about $40,000 cash on hand.[15] These figures reflect the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the candidates' committees with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The latest report lists contributions and spending from Jan 1-March 18. According to the AP report, Pridemore's last filing, covering Jan. 1-Feb 4., showed him spending under $20,000, a significantly lower sum than his opponent. However the lion's share of Evers' spending occurred between Feb. 5 and March 18, therefore it is difficult to assess the candidates' comparative financial standing heading into the April 2 election without Pridemore's updated financial summary. The report also said Pridemore raised $2,400 and had $33,400 on hand as of Feb. 4, 2013.

Controversies

Blacklisted reporters

On March 17, 2013, the Associated Press reported on the existence of a memo from Pridemore's campaign containing the names of five members of the press who had been blacklisted, along with their affiliated media outlets, for exhibiting what Pridemore considers "liberal bias." The memo was turned over to the AP by one of the blacklisted reporters, Jack Craver, from The Capital Times. The memos said: "If the reporter requests an interview, they must submit their questions in a written form and they will receive a written response to only those questions we want to respond to. These are all LIBERAL's and have chosen to parse words, phrases and spin my responses to fit their agendas. If they continue to spin our written responses, they will be ignored in the future." It further instructed that campaign staffers record and track all interactions with blacklisted reporters on a spreadsheet. The memo did not provide specific examples for the biased reporting that led to Craver's and the others' shunning by the campaign.[16]

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Pridemore won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 22. Pridemore defeated Nick Oliver in the Republican primary on August 14[17] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[18]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Pridemore Incumbent 98.6% 23,817
     Scattering 1.4% 348
Total Votes 24,165


Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Pridemore Incumbent 83.2% 8,290
Nick Oliver 16.8% 1,675
Total Votes 9,965

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Pridemore was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 99. He defeated Democrat Tom Hibbard in the general election on November 2, 2010. He defeated Republicans Jim Batzko and Scott Henke in the September 14, 2010 primary election. [19]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Pridemore (R) 22,355
Tom Hibbard (D) 6,518
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 1 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Don Pridemore (R) 7,618 57.65%
Scott M. Henke (R) 3,164 23.94%
Jim Batzko (R) 2,427 18.37%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-336 Health care facility, health care provider, or employee of: liability from immunity for reporting violation of law or certain standards, unprofessional conduct, or negligence in patient care; confidentiality of patient health care records provision
  • AB-359 Married couple with Wisconsin adjusted gross income under certain amount: refundable individual income tax credit created

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pridemore is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Pridemore raised a total of $119,747 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[20]

Don Pridemore's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 22 Won $62,131
2010 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 Won $18,883
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 Won $15,310
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 Won $16,495
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly, District 99 Won $6,928
Grand Total Raised $119,747

2012

Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $62,131.
Wisconsin State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Don Pridemore's campaign in 2012
Pridemore, Don$49,400
Republican Party of Milwaukee County$500
Moon, Marjorie$500
Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists$500
Wisconsin Institute of Cpas$500
Total Raised in 2012$62,131
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $18,883.

2008

Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $15,310.

2006

Pridemore won re-election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $16,495.

2004

Pridemore won election to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Pridemore raised a total of $6,928.

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References

  1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin April 2 election results," accessed April 3, 2013
  2. The Greendale Patch, "Election Preview: State Superintendent of Schools," March 22, 2013
  3. Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pridemore
  4. WisPolitics, "Pridemore still open to another DPI run in 2017," May 4, 2013
  5. /page/candidates_registered_4_2_2013_spring_election_1__81844.PDF Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013
  6. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Green Bay Press Gazette, "State Superintendent Supreme Court Justice will face challenges," Accessed January 8, 2013
  8. WTAQ, "State public school superintendent candidates take jabs at each other," Accessed January 8, 2013
  9. Portage Daily Register, "Pridemore: Take control of education from union," March 8, 2013
  10. Pridemore for Wisconsin, "Issues," accessed March 12, 2013
  11. Walworth County Today, "Wisconsin superintendent candidates to debate," March 12, 2013
  12. Twin Cities, "Wisconsin: Evers, Pridemore clash in education superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
  13. WXOW, "Evers, Pridemore clash in superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
  14. Wisconsin Radio Network, "Stark contrast in state superintendent race," March 13, 2013
  15. nbc15.com, "Superintendent Candidate Evers Spends over 200 Thousand Dollars on Re-election Campaign," March 25, 2013
  16. The Republic, "GOP education superintendent candidate's campaign blacklists 5 Wisconsin reporters," March 17, 2013
  17. Wisconsin Department of Elections - Official Primary Results
  18. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," retrieved June 12, 2012
  19. Official GAB primary results
  20. followthemoney.org, "Pridemore, Don," accessed June 5, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 22
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 99
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Chris Kapenga (R)