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Democrats Tap Teacher Shelly Moore to Run Against Sheila Harsdorf in Wisconsin Senate Recall Election

Shelly Moore, a board certified teacher, received a layoff notice from the Ellsworth School District in January.

Sheila vs. Shelly—let the campaigning begin.

Ellsworth teacher Shelly Moore announced her candidacy as the Democrat to face Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10) in a recall election tentatively scheduled for July 12.

The announcement came Tuesday, May 3—National Teachers Day—in the form of a press conference at the bandshell in .

Moore, a board certified teacher, has taught English and drama in Wisconsin for the past 13 years, and she received a layoff notice from the Ellsworth School District in early January. In recent speeches, Moore describes herself as a third-generation Wisconsin teacher and a fourth-generation union member. 

She served in leadership roles in the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and the National Education Association (NEA).

According to her profile on the WEAC website, Moore grew up in the Beloit and Woodruff areas. She earned her master's degree in English education from UW-River Falls and her bachelor's degree in English, political science and theatre arts from UW-Stevens Point.

Back on Feb. 26, Moore stood on the same stage as the emcee of . During the demonstration, she repeated one of her popular rallying cries to stoke the crowd:

"We bleed Packer green and Brewer blue and Badger red. We believe that the three major food groups are beer, cheese and bratwurst. And we breathe union," Moore said.

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Oliver Quackenbush June 04, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Anybody but Bush, or anyone Bush-like. How can I help this woman win?
Forrest Brigand June 06, 2011 at 09:15 PM
What is most disturbing about public entities is their tendency to grow and grow and grow and grow until they've completely distorted their initial mission. Private businesses are forced by market influences to trim costs and lean up - there is no such internal control in a public service department - they only grow. Thus, when taxpayers get someone into office who will take a critical look at government and try to cut things back, they are immediately attacked and vilified, as evidenced on the posts above this one. Private businesses (both corporate and small business) are held in check via market corrections: consider Walker a market correction for state government. It's quite funny to read statements by teachers union supporters painting Sheila Harsdorf as if she were part of the Koch family. Sheila's a family farmer, not a fat-cat CEO! LOL. I guarantee you more Wisconsinites have more in common with a family farmer than an NEA Union official (Moore)! You're really twisting this topic beyond recognition, but the more senior and uninformed citizens you can scare into a frenzy thinking Sheila is a villain is better for the union, isn't it? Government entities aren't all bad - there are legitimate needs. But to rant and scream into fits of hysterical recalls when someone comes along to trim things back a little, well, you'll find no sympathy here. Government unions are breaking this country.
Lech W. June 06, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Hmm, Sheila Harsdorf a family farmer! Interessting way to call a partner of an agricultural corporation! Sheila is in the house and the senate since 1989. Before this, she was a loan officer for the Production Credit Association . One of her major accomplishments in politics was to change the property tax for farms to be tied to the yield. The agricultural corporation she and her brother owns has a real estate value of about 10 million dollars, however, their annual property tax is only about 500 dollars. Since 1995 through 2010 the Harsdorf's paid about 2500 dollars in property taxes but claimed almost 1 million dollars in farm subsidies. this means, the received from us, the tax payer lot's of money, and she claims that she will keep our taxes down?? No, Sheila and Walker are not part of the Koch family, but they received (and receive???) healthy amounts of money from the different Koch action groups. I am a retired Auditor of the largest company across the river, and I am trained to smell fishy things! harsdorf and her Master Walker smell like weak old fish! And I don't know, why everybody calls NEA a union. NEA is the National Education Association, a professional association that looks out for educators. There are similar associations for other professions! I am a senior citizen, and nobody had to scare me into believing Sheila is a villain, she did that all by herself through her actions and the lies she is distributing!
Art Dent June 06, 2011 at 10:53 PM
"And I don't know, why everybody calls NEA a union. NEA is the National Education Association, a professional association that looks out for educators." This link might shed some light on why people see NEA as a union: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Education_Association If you search for NEA on Google, the first result is a link to www.nea.org . The description for that site is "United States labor union committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA represents teachers, secretaries and educational support personnel...." Frankly, it doesn't matter what you call an organization. If it serves all the functions of a union, then it is essentially a union--whether or not it has the word 'union' in its title.
Lech W. June 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Well, the Bar Association sets attorney fees, the American Medical Association negotiated with insurers, etc. Of course does a professional association look out for its members, and because teachers are employed, they do, like the other associations with other bodies, the fee/salary negotiations. Ans if we call it a union, what is wrong with that? I have never been a union member, but during my working time for the bg mother over in Minnesota, I alsways liked to work with unions, because they followed a set line of rules. Because Shelly was a NEA director (that is a volunteer position) does not mean that she cannot be a good senator! At least she learned how to negotiate, what seems not to be either Walker's or Harsdorf's strength! What makes people believe that a National Board Certified master Teacher (the highest certification a teacher can achieve) would not be able to diversify and make decisions good for all the people in district 10. What makes people believe that she is a single issue person like Sheela harsdorf who seems only be interessted to help to push Walker's cynical agenda!

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