By Barb Lawton, Wisconsin Lt. Governor 2003-11, Algoma
The best way to address crippling and demoralizing political polarization in our state and
nation’s capitols is to forge the path forward to work together locally. And here’s our big chance:
four women are running for seats on Sturgeon Bay’s city council. An historical moment and
opportunity not to be squandered.
Why? The November NY Times headline “Women Actually Do Govern Differently” springs from
serious research showing we can expect a more collaborative, bipartisan and truly policyoriented
style from women in office. They interrupt less (although are interrupted more), and
have a more democratic style of leadership. Women build coalitions and reach consensus more
quickly. I would add that they take a longer view when considering the impact of decisions
made on behalf of the public.
Kelly Catarozoli, Laurel Hauser, Martha Beller and Barb Allman individually and collectively
bring experience as business owners, historian, author and land preservationist, marketing
genius with social media, as quintessential networkers for the community. In the group there is
an incumbent, new and returning candidates. All four are driven to public service with the
highest ambition for a strong economic future for all of Door County, and that starts in the county
While women’s representation in government is stalled or backsliding across the country,
Sturgeon Bay voters have the unique luxury of four women stepping up with polished resumes
and love for this community and a determination that its government serve all its constituents
well. Take time to relish this moment in history and do your part to shape a prosperous future
for all our families.