CAEGI 0003 November Ads 2022x250

Kenosha County Eye

Kenosha School District’s “Clerical Error” Leads to Lawsuit Over Election “Bait and Switch”

Kenosha School board Member Eric Meadows
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Thomas More Society Attorneys File Suit on Behalf of Duly Elected School Board Member

Paid Advertisement

Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312.422.1333,  

(April 6, 2023– Kenosha, Wisconsin) An election controversy that has embroiled the Kenosha Unified School District since a Wisconsin Elections Commission employee noticed a clerical error has led to a lawsuit against the board, by duly elected school board member Eric Meadows. The petition filed on April 6, 2023, in Kenosha County’s Wisconsin Circuit Court by Thomas More Society attorneys, details how the public school district insisted that Meadows vacate his seat after only a year in office, despite being elected to a three-year term.

Paid Advertisement

On February 1, 2023, the Kenosha Unified School District decided that Meadows would need to vacate his seat. This occurred after it was revealed that the district had improperly listed the position as a three-year term, rather than a one-year term, at the time of the 2022 spring election. There were two three-year terms expiring in 2025 and a one-year term expiring in the spring of 2023.

“However, that was not what the district published, nor was it what the voters cast ballots on,” explained Thomas More Society Special Counsel Erick Kaardal. “Following the public ballot, registered voters in the Kenosha Unified School District elected Eric Meadows to a three-year term on the school board.”

Paid Advertisement

Kaardal sent a February 14, 2023, Cease and Desist letter to the Kenosha Unified School District and school board. The letter informed the board that they had no legal authority to vacate Meadows from the office and appoint a successor to serve from April 2023 until the April 2024 election. However, the board continued proceedings to do so, ignoring the communique.

There have been public accusations that Meadows was targeted for political reasons, though the board has denied that being the case, claiming that it was simply a “procedural matter.”

Paid Advertisement

“Intentional or not, you can’t pull a ‘bait and switch’ on a duly and fairly elected official,” Kaardal stated. “No one is questioning that Eric Meadows was elected by the voters to a three-year term on the Kenosha Unified School District Board. What is of concern here is that the school board cannot keep their own staggered positions straight – it’s basic math and those running public education in Kenosha have flunked. Mr. Meadows cannot be punished for the incompetencies of his peers. With a background that includes finance and insurance, Eric’s skills appear to be desperately needed on this board.”

Read the Petition for a Declaratory Judgment Under Wisconsin Statutes § 806.04 and Injunction, filed April 6, 2023, with the Wisconsin Circuit Court in Kenosha County by Thomas More Society attorneys on behalf Eric Meadows in Eric Meadows, et al. v. Kenosha Unified School District here [ ].

About Thomas More Society

Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, religious liberty, and fair elections. Based in Chicago, Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.

Thomas More Society believes that the outcome of elections determines the meaning of the American way of life. Through litigation and education, Thomas More Society’s Election Integrity practice is focused on ensuring elections are conducted in accordance with state and federal laws and the constitution. For more information, please visit Thomas More Society’s Election Integrity Initiative at     .


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


Carthage Students Protest Embattled Carthage President John Swallow’s Handling Of Sexual Assault

A Kenosha man named Cortez L. Newman was recently arrested and charged with second degree seuxal assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced to prison for up to 40 years. According to the criminal complaint, the assault happened on August 20, 2023. Newman is alleged to have raped a woman and the details are so gruesome, that KCE will not be sharing them here. The victim sought medical treatment on September 6, 2023, and had a

Read More »

Feel-Good Friday – A Kenosha Judge Who Shows Kindness Everyday

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge, The Honorable Anthony Milisauskas graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Law in 1983, and was admitted into the Wisconsin bar in 1984. Judge Milisauskas was born and raised in Kenosha. Judge Milisauskas opened a law office and worked for himself until 2005. From 2001 to 2005, he was a Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner and a guardian ad litem. He was also a Somers Municipal Judge from 2000-2005.

Read More »

County Executive Hires Woman Fired For Fraud, Under Criminal Investigation

County Executive Samantha Kerkman isn’t answering any questions about a very risky hire she made a few months ago – Sherry Kruse. Kruse is the County’s new Veterans Benefits Representative. Before County Executive Samantha Kerkman hired her for the important role, she worked for the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County as its Assistant Superintendent. According to her personnel file, released by VACLC by means of a F.O.I.A. request, she had been in extremely hot water

Read More »

Kenosha Woman Announces Bid for Mayor

Elizabeth Garcia quipped Kenosha is her hobby, saying “I wish it were my job!” A workingmother who uses her free time towards bettering our city, Garcia has announced her bid forMayor of Kenosha. Enthusiastic and determined Garcia asserts, “ I am solution oriented: when Isee a problem, I try to fix it. If I can’t fix it, I find out who can. I want Kenoshans to know theirtax dollars are being used in meaningful ways; I

Read More »

Kenosha College Student Thanks Lawyer For Her Recent Exoneration For Charges Related To Near-Deadly Crash

On May 19, 2023, Marissa Chon was doing what many college students do on a Friday night – drinking alcohol with friends. She was with her then-boyfriend, Elijah J. Schoffstall, a Carthage soccer player. At about 2:21 am, the two were involved in a serious car wreck at Carthage College, a school where they both attended. Both were severely injured and were lucky to survive. Police and bystanders quickly arrived at the scene of the crash

Read More »

Kenosha Judge Eviscerates First Amendment In Bizarre Ruling – Opinion

Circuit Court Judges like David Wilk (D) can’t change the first amendment, no matter how much they hate it. It’s part of our great Constitution and there are many layers of the judiciary above the circuit coirt that work as checks and balances. That doesn’t mean that they can’t try, however. That’s exactly what David Wilk tried to do in an oral/written ruling from this past Monday. Let’s start with Judge Wilk’s beginning. Wilk attended Hamline

Read More »

Embattled Director Of Women’s Shelter Drops Lawsuit That Was Allegedly Filed Illegally

The embattled director of Women and Children’s Horizons dropped a lawsuit yesterday, two weeks after it was filed, and only 10 days after KCE published an article alleging she was practicing law without a license. According to a 8-count findings document outlining an investigation into misconduct, Paine was disbarred May 20, 2023. The documents says in part, “After proceedings conducted pursuant to [Michigan Supreme Court Rules], the panel found, based on [Paine’s] admissions to all of the

Read More »

Man Who Escaped Kenosha Prison In July Captured In Milwaukee County, Was In Possession of Firearm

On July 26, 2023 a State Prison inmate named Parish Eckford escaped from a Kenosha Prison. This is a State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Facility and not associated with the Sheriff’s Department jail. Eckford was serving a 16-year prison sentence for the following convictions in Milwaukee Circuit Court: Eckford was scheduled to be released the month he escaped. He previously served 5 years for armed Robbery. The prison, is a minimum security prison that is

Read More »

6 Responses

  1. KUSD board believed that the person (Robinson) they appointed to fill Dan Wade’s seat, was a leftist compatriot and they felt she would win and wanted her to serve 3 years instead of 1 1/2 years (remaining time on Wade’s vacated seat. When she was upset the board had a problem and here we are.

  2. Why did they not announce lawsuit before election? It maybe would have people realize how corrupt school board is by backroom dealings and they would have voted for Eric????

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to updates

Get notified of new articles. We'll never share your email address.