Frequently Asked Questions
As I have been going door to door for the last month, several questions are asked by Calumet County citizens. Here are some of the topics that are frequently addressed:
Why is the election on August 9, 2016?
This is date is the Republican Primary Election for District Attorney. Myself, and my opponent are both Republican, and there are no other candidates running for District Attorney. Thus, the election for Calumet County DA is on August 9th. The winner of that day will move on to the November Presidential election unopposed. Frankly, it does not matter whether you are Republican or Democrat or something else. If you want a say in who your next DA is, you must vote on August 9th.
What is your stance on carrying concealed weapons (CCW)?
I do not have any problems with people who chose to carry concealed, as long as they do it lawfully. I stress the importance about proper education on safe handling of all firearms including those concealed. This is especially important to ensure children do not have access to these guns. Please use proper trigger locks for firearms to protect children. In addition, have a plan for using a firearm. If you have assumed the responsibility of carrying concealed, it is really important to have thought out a plan if you need to use your firearm. This plan should be rehearsed and practiced so that you a fully prepared to address the situation should an unfortunate event develop. This is what law enforcement officers and firefighters routinely do. They practice and plan for situations. That way, they are prepared when a stressful and difficult situation arises. You should do the same.
Do you live in Calumet County currently?
My family and I do not live in Calumet County. We currently live in the southern end of Sheboygan County. I have to live in Sheboygan County for my current employment as an Assistant District Attorney in Sheboygan County. In Sheboygan County, District Attorney Joe DeCecco requires the ADAs to live in Sheboygan County so that we can be available at all hours to come in and assist law enforcement in obtaining search warrants. If I am elected, however, my family and I will be moving to Calumet County. Wisconsin law requires that the District Attorney live their county. Further, Wisconsin law requires that I take residency in Calumet County at least 28 days before I would take office. That means by around December 1, 2016, I would move to Calumet County. After the election, my wife and I will be looking for a home in Calumet County. Our first priority will be to pick the best school district for our children.
Is crime really down in Calumet County?
Unfortunately, no. My opponent told Chilton’s Common Council, during a recent speaking engagement, that crime is down because the number of cases has decreased while he has been office. Interestingly, in that exact same council meeting, Craig Plehn, Chilton’s Chief of Police, presented his annual report about the police department for council members. The report conclusively established that criminal arrests continued to rise due to the influx of heroin and other drugs into the community. For example, in the City of Chilton, the number of adult arrests increased from 135 in 2012 to 205 in 2015 (Source: City of Chilton Police Department 2015 Annual Report). I had an opportunity to also speak to other law enforcement leaders from several of the law enforcement agencies in the county about their arrest numbers and the number of cases sent as referrals for criminal charges to the District Attorney’s Office. The law enforcement agencies consistently agree that the numbers of arrests and criminal referrals have remained steady or have increased over the last years. Unfortunately, there has been a large number of cases declined for prosecution.