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LTE – Jeff Ericson – 7-9-2014

The 2012 Wisconsin redistricting moved the Town of Forest from the 10th WI Senate District represented by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R) to the 25th WI Senate District represented by Sen. Bob Jauch (D).

 In general since the new voting boundaries went into effect, there have been accusations of improprieties and irregularities in the process by which the boundaries were redrawn.

Locally, there is also cause for concern, the law firm Micheals, Best and Friedrich was hired by the Wisconsin Legislature to draw the new redistricting maps for 2012. This is the same law firm is also representing the Highland Wind Project at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission hearings as well as participating in opposition to the current lawsuit by the Town of Forest in St. Croix County Circuit Court challenging the PSC approval of the Highland Wind Turbine Project.

Is this just a coincidence?

All of the mapping was done at their offices in Madison.

The Wisconsin Elections Board needs to investigate this and decide if the law firm of Michaels, Best And Friedrich intentionally moved the Town of Forest from the 10th WI Senate District to the 25th WI Senate District in order to enhance their upcoming case in representing Highland Wind at the PSC for financial gain? Wouldn’t this be a conflict of interest and be illegal?

Jeff Ericson
Town of Forest