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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)  It began during conversations which consistently identified concerns about the democratic republic according to former Western Technical College President Lee Rasch.

The result is a non-profit, non-partisan group called LeaderEthics Wisconsin, where Rasch is now the executive director.

According to their website, they “believe the place to start is to encourage and support elected leaders who embrace four key principles.”

Ethical leaders are truthful.

Ethical leaders embrace practices that are unifying rather than dividing.

Ethical leaders embrace the importance of transparency with public information.

And, ethical leaders are willing to represent collective interests of their constituency.

Throughout the year, they sponsor discussions about our system, often involving collaborations with other organizations concerned about similar issues.

One of those conversations with a group called, “Keep Our Republic Wisconsin” is scheduled Wednesday, October 25 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  It’s a forum titled “Elections in Wisconsin – An Overview of the Wisconsin Elections Model.”

If you want to attend, you can register for the free event at

The event is at the La Crosse County Administrative Building at 212 6th Street North in La Crosse.

The forum, with opening remarks by former Speaker of the WI Assembly Mike Huebsch, talks about the elections process. Also speaking are Meagan Wolfe, the head of the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission, La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer, La Crosse City Clerk Nikki Elsen, and former county clerk and member of both the Assembly and Senate Kathy Bernier. She is currently the State Director of Keep Our Republic.