By Tim Kowols
You will not see District 1 State Assembly candidates Rep. Joel Kitchens and Roberta Thelen on any petitions regarding redistricting reform. Eighty potential state legislators and two other candidates vying for statewide office have signed a Common Cause Wisconsin petition committing themselves to redistricting reform. Redistricting reform could include the adoption of the “Iowa Model” for redrawing the state’s maps, which would put the duty on a non-partisan committee instead of legislators. Rep. Kitchens, a Sturgeon Bay Republican, says he likes the idea of the Iowa model but will not commit to anything until Wisconsin presents its own alternative.
Thelen, an independent candidate from Baileys Harbor, says the current map looks like a jigsaw puzzle and a better model is needed.
Rep. Kitchens and Thelen face off in the general mid-term election on November 6th.