April 16, 2018
Appleton, WI –Lee Snodgrass, the chair of the Democratic Party of Outagamie County and the Director of Communications at Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will run for Wisconsin’s Senate District 19.
Snodgrass has made her home in Appleton for 23 years having moved back to Wisconsin after working in suburban Maryland following graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. Snodgrass has worked in marketing communications for more than 20 years in the private sector for Fox River Paper Company, as an independent consultant at Allen James Design and her current role in the nonprofit industry for the Girl Scouts. In December of 2016 she was elected as the chair of the Democratic Party in Outagamie County where she had previously been active in Democratic candidate campaigns.
“The people of the 19th Senate District deserve a Senator who will fight for well-funded, safe schools, decent roads, access to affordable healthcare, a living wage, and environmental protections to preserve what we all love about Wisconsin,” says Snodgrass. “For too long, I’ve watched my friends and neighbors struggle to afford even the most basic comforts. There is something wrong in Wisconsin when hard working families are forced to choose between the expense of new tires or dental check-ups. I love our state, and I want to help make it a place where all our citizens have equal opportunity to thrive.”
Senate District 19 includes Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, and surrounding towns in East Central Wisconsin. Snodgrass’s candidacy comes on the heels of the recent State Supreme Court election when Outagamie County’s voters moved the county back to blue with 55.68% supporting Dallet, marking a sharp contrast to 53.1% majority for Trump in the 2016 election.
Snodgrass grew up in the Green Bay area and is the mother of two. Her daughter is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and her son is a junior at Appleton North.
May 28, 2018
APPLETON, WI— Lee Snodgrass, candidate for State Senate in Wisconsin 19th district submitted over 800 nomination signatures to the Wisconsin Elections Commission Friday doubling the 400 required for the office.
Snodgrass personally collected over 200 signatures and was well supported by a team of 15 volunteers for the remainder. Signatures submitted came from every municipality in the district including: Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Fox Crossing, Grand Chute, Greenville, Winneconne, Butte des Mort, and Dale. “Nomination papers are the first opportunity to talk with voters and it was important to me to make sure I got around to every municipality in the district”, said Snodgrass, “Talking to community members throughout the district in a no-pressure environment really opens up the possibility for interesting conversations about what issues matter to them, what obstacles they are facing, and how they feel they have been represented (or not) for the past 4 years.”
In addition to nomination signatures, the campaign has secured over a dozen endorsements from community leaders from the political, non-profit, and the business sector including Assembly Representative Amanda Stuck, Fox Valley Memory Project founders Susan and John McFadden, and Urban Evolutions owner, Robin Janson.
Lee Snodgrass is the Director of Communications at Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes and a mother of two and has made her home in the district for twenty-three years.
June 20, 2018
Appleton, WI –We’re thrilled to announce that EMILY’s List, the biggest resource for women running for office, has endorsed Lee Snodgrass for State Senate. In a press release announcing their endorsements ahead of the August 14 primary, they said:
“As small business owners, teachers, community leaders, and fierce advocates for Wisconsin families, these incredible pro-choice Democratic women have spent their lives devoted to empowering those around them. They are the strongest candidates to flip the state Senate from red to blue, lead progress in the state Assembly, and usher in long overdue change for Wisconsin families. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse them.” Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List added,”Lee Snodgrass embodies the values of civic engagement and service that were instilled in her as a young girl. Lee has demonstrated her commitment to improving the lives of her neighbors and EMILY’s list is confident that she will continue her advocacy in the state Senate.”
This is huge news for our campaign and we hope you’re inspired too! We are just two seats away from a Senate majority in Wisconsin and Lee’s district is seen as the path to that majority. As a female candidate, a single mom, and a communications specialist at the nation’s largest female empowerment organization, Lee knows the value of women at the table where decisions are being made.
Let’s work to get her to to Madison so she can continue to apply her tireless work ethic and advocacy for Wisconsin families.
July 25, 2018
Statement from Lee Snodgrass, Candidate for Senate District 19
Appleton, WI – Kimberly-Clark was on the verge of moving out of Wisconsin, until a new collective bargaining agreement was struck with the United Steelworkers (USW local 482), opening the opportunity for the paper plants to stay in the Fox Valley.
“While I am pleased to learn that through workers’ efforts, Kimberly-Clark has opened negotiations to stay put in the Paper Valley, Wisconsin must make sure there will be a long term, sustainable investment in these mills without loopholes that allow corporations to claim tax breaks while outsourcing and eliminating jobs in the future. We are missing an opportunity to be a leader in keeping paper manufacturing in the state.” said Lee Snodgrass, Candidate for Senate District 19.
Snodgrass pointed to legislation like the Papermaker Fund as a more effective solution to strengthen Wisconsin’s paper industry and support future job growth. The Papermaker Fund, authored by Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton), would allow all paper companies to invest in energy saving upgrades, convert mills to produce high-demand brown paper products, and create new jobs.
“The bottom line is Wisconsin must do right by workers in the paper industry. This past year, several corporations laid off workers while Senate President Roth singlehandedly torpedoed the only proposal that was brought up for a vote. It is unfortunate that Kimberly-Clark decided to cut overhead by slashing the wages and benefits of their employees instead of investing in their workforce. It’s easy to see who is benefitting here, the corporate executives not the union employees,” continued Snodgrass.
Despite Kimberly-Clark’s last quarter earnings increase of 7% over last year, executives of the company still asked their workers to make concessions, including pay and benefits. Kimberly-Clark has previously stated that the Trump Tax cuts “provide them the flexibility” to pay for a restructuring plan that includes mass layoffs and facility closures.