Fred Ekornaas

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Fred Ekornaas
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Former candidate for
Wisconsin State Senate District 22

Political party Republican
Website Campaign website
Fred Ekornaas (b. August 19, 1940) was a Republican candidate for District 22 of the Wisconsin State Senate in the recall against current incumbent Sen. Robert Wirch. Ekornaas lost to Jonathan Steitz in the Republican primary on July 19.

Ekornaas is currently serving as vice chair of the Kenosha County Board. He previously served two terms as Kenosha County sheriff, a position he was elected to as a Democrat.[1] Ekornaas was not endorsed by the Republican Party.[2]

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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  • Graduate, Mary D. Bradford
  • Political Science Degree, Gateway Technical Institute
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, Carthage College
  • Graduate, FBI National Academy



See also: Recall of Wisconsin State Senators (2011) and Robert Wirch recall, Wisconsin State Senate (2011)

Ekornaas announced that he would run against Democratic Robert Wirch if a campaign to recall the current incumbent senator is approved. About 18,000 signatures to recall Wirch were filed on April 21, 2011. Signatures were filed against nine different state senators in Wisconsin. A total of 16 were originally targeted for recall.[3]

July 19 Republican Primary

Ekornaas lost to Steitz in the primary.

July 19 Republican primary[4]
Candidates Votes Percent
Jonathan Steitz Approveda 5,981 61.06%
Fred Ekornaas 3,369 34.39%
Scattering 446 4.55%

Certification challenge delays

On May 27, 2011, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announced it would be unable to consider the recall petitions for the three Democratic incumbents at the May 31, 2011 meeting. Citing "numerous factual and legal issues," the Board said in its statement that more time is needed to ensure that a complete record will be available for examination -- particularly since the decision will likely be appealed to the courts.[5]

In its release, the GAB officials said they do not expect to be able to hold a hearing on the recalls of Democratic incumbents until the week of June 6. This raises potential legal issues, as the initial extension granted to GAB for certification required it to ultimately make determinations before June 3.[5]

The board went ahead with hearings on May 31 for the recalls of Republican incumbents Sheila Harsdorf, Robert Cowles and Alberta Darling.[6] Officials released a 125-page memo on May 27, 2011 concerning the signatures and legal challenges.

The GAB filed a brief on June 1 asking the court for a one-week extension, which would give them until June 10 to finish working on the three Democratic recalls. The case was heard in Dane County Court at 1:30 pm on Friday, June 3.[7][8] Dane County Judge John Markson ruled that there was good cause for the extension, and that the GAB did not violate any rules by taking up the petitions out of order.[9]

Ultimately, on June 8, after nearly 9 hours of deliberations, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board certified the recalls of three Democratic incumbents and set an initial election for July 19.[10]

Ads relating to the campaign

Campaign themes

On his campaign website Ekornaas outlines 9 major issues he is focused on:[11]

  • Representing You in Madison
Excerpt: "I will not abandon the residents of District 22 and hide out in Illinois for three weeks, refusing to represent the citizens that elected me."
  • Creating Jobs and Stimulating Wisconsin’s Economy
Excerpt: "we need to attract businesses to our state. With incentives and programs that facilitate economic growth Wisconsin businesses can hire more employees."
  • Providing Tax Relief to Seniors, Families & Business
Excerpt: "we need to provide tax relief. Seniors should not be taxed on their pensions, home owners should receive property tax relief, and businesses should be allowed to use that money to provide salaries and benefits to their workers and new hires."
  • Cutting Wasteful Government Spending
Excerpt: "Wisconsinites work hard for their money, they don’t want to see it wasted by government. As your Senator, I will introduce legislation that requires priority-based budgeting thus eliminating waste."
  • Protecting Your 2nd Amendment Right
Excerpt: "I support your Constitutional right to carry a concealed weapon."
  • Sanctity of Human Life
Excerpt: "I am proud to be pro-life. We need to end abortions paid for by our tax dollars."
  • Election Integrity
Excerpt: "Protecting our elections is key to our representative form of government, and requiring photo ID will assist in stopping voter fraud."
  • Investing in Education
Excerpt: "We need more local control over our schools. Unfunded mandates are costing taxpayers money and children a valuable education."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I am against government-controlled healthcare. We need patient-centered care for true reform to take place."

Campaign contributions

Fred Ekornaas Campaign Finance Reports (GAB ID No. 0105107)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Total Contributions (Expenditures) Cash on Hand
July Continuing[12] July 11, 2011 $0.00 $4,783.25 $(4,520.96) $262.29

Official reports

External links