By Tim Kowols
Emerge Wisconsin hopes to flip the script on the number of women currently involved in local politics. According to the Wisconsin Women’s Council, 75 percent of town boards in the state do not have women on them, in comparison to 25 percent of village boards, 16 percent of city councils, and four percent of school boards. Emerge Wisconsin has worked since 2007 to increase the number of Democratic women in public office. Executive director Erin Forrest says she is encouraged by the number of women making it onto ballots.
Of the 13 towns in Door County, seven women sit on six different boards as supervisors. Many of the communities have women as elected town treasurers and clerks, which is often the case according to Mike Koles from the Wisconsin Towns Association.