Summer is coming to an end. School will start soon. For adults, our first class will be civics, and there will be a quiz—the Wisconsin Aug. 9 primary election.

My father, Richard Bates, a decorated World War II veteran, taught civics to me and hundreds of other students at Baraboo High School. We learned about the American experiment in democracy and how for over 200 years our leaders have accepted the will of the people in elections. We the people have always been able to count on the peaceful transition of power in this country. the belief in our democracy led me to become a layer and eventually to run for judge in Rock County.

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