On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the Mt. Horeb Community Center (107 North Grove Street) will be the site of a compelling democracy forum, featuring two former state senators whose combined service in the Wisconsin legislature totaled 64 years! Though from different political partiesSenators Dale Schultz (R) and Tim Cullen (D) transcended partisan politics and found common ground on numerous issues. The forum begins at 7 p.m.
Now retired from state government, Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen remain friends and continue to provide appreciated dialog on such issues as how big-money donors have changed the political process and how partisan politics has harmed voting rights and fair redistricting. Both of these issues will be discussed at the forum. Common Cause of Wisconsin Director Jay Heck will join the two senators. Topics to be addressed are thoughts concerning results of the midterm election, redistricting, and campaign finance reform. The Forum is sponsored by Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives and Blue Jean Nation.
Dale Schultz (R) - Dale Schultz was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1953. His mother was an attorney and his father owned a pharmacy in the old Washington Hotel. Dale attended Madison Central High School and graduated from Madison West High School.
In 1975, Dale graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he played on the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team and was a member of the national champion Wisconsin Badgers crew team.
Dale was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1982 and by special election to the Wisconsin Senate in 1991, representing the 17th District. He was elected senate majority leader in 2004. In January of 2014, Dale stated that he would not seek reelection, citing an increasingly partisan atmosphere.
Tim Cullen (D) - Tim Cullen was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, graduated from Janesville High School and from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He served Janesville as a city council member and as a member of the Board of Education of the Janesville Public School District. Tim was first elected to represent the 15th district in the Wisconsin Senate in 1974 and would serve in that position until 1987. He was majority leader in 1981, 1983, and 1985.
On November 2, 2010, Tim was again elected to the senate to represent his home district. In September 2013, Tim announced he would be retiring from the state senate. One of the factors he cited as a reason for his retirement was the increased partisanship within the legislature. Tim is currently Chairman of the board of Common Cause in Wisconsin.Jay Heck is the current executive director of what is widely considered to be the most effective state reform organization, Common Cause in Wisconsin. In 2001 to 2002, Jay led the effort to eliminate illegal campaign activities by state congressional caucuses, saving Wisconsin taxpayers four million dollars in 2001 alone. In 2007, he led the effort to pass the Impartial Justice Law that provided full public financing to judicial candidates.