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Is Your Team Ready for Next Month’s Election?

The 2022 Wisconsin general election is November 8

Dan PetersonBy Daniel J. Peterson

As we emerge into the post-pandemic world of record-level inflation and new ways of doing business, ensuring bankers’ voices are heard is now more important than ever. This year’s general election is expected to be action packed and politically divided as many key seats are up for grabs throughout the state.

With the election quickly approaching, members of the WBA Government Relations team are hard at work advocating on behalf of the banking industry and the pro-banking candidates who support our initiatives. However, it is no secret that without the dedication of each of our members — including, but not limited to, the efforts of WBA’s Advocacy Officers from around the state — the achievements our Association continues to have in supporting the industry would not be possible.

As you and your team look ahead to November 8, it’s important to remain informed on the candidates running and what topics are being discussed.

In preparation for the statewide general election next month, the American Bankers Association (ABA) has created a Wisconsin-specific resource and toolkit for the use of bankers around the state. Whether you would like to see the candidates on your ballot, find your polling place, or track important upcoming dates — including the deadline to request your absentee ballot (the deadline is November 3, by the way) — this handy tool offers all the information you and your peers will need to stay up to date on Wisconsin’s election and the contested issues that may impact our industry.

In addition to staying educated this election season, it’s important for every Wisconsinite to be active. The easiest way to do this is by registering to vote and getting to the polls next month. While WBA staff and banker volunteers do excellent work at both the state and federal levels advocating on behalf of the banking industry, the single greatest factor as to whether or not pro-banking laws are enacted is whether pro-banking candidates are in office.

Whether voting in person or absentee (no excuse required) — it’s easy to do your part! Now’s the time to make a plan and mark your calendars for the betterment of the communities in which we live, work, and play.

Peterson is president and CEO of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Marinette, and the 2022–2023 WBA Chair.