Why are you running? What are your top two policy objectives?
In my first term, I have had the opportunity to represent the campus community on the County Board. I am running for re-election because regardless of who the next president, senator, or governor is, the students and young professionals in District 5 need an advocate right here in Dane County. In my first term, I have prioritized issues like preventing sexual assault and advancing restorative justice. I hope to have the opportunity to continue supporting Affordable Housing across Dane County and increase direct student engagement with the County Board.
What qualifications and/or experience make you a strong candidate for elected office?
While a student at UW-Madison, I was directly involved in campus activism. I organized campus voter registration drives and helped lead efforts to educate students on the devastating impact of cuts to the UW System and new restrictions on reproductive health care. Since graduating from UW-Madison, I have worked in the non-profit/advocacy arena both professionally and as a volunteer and currently serve as a legislative aide in the WI State Capitol.
Will you help us implement OWR’s policy objectives at the local level? How? You can consult OWR's platform at: https://ourwisconsinrev.com/program/
Drawing on just a few points mentioned throughout the platform that pertain directly to local issues, there are many areas where I have already shown a commitment to the issues presented by OWR. I have co-sponsored/voted for a $15/hour living wage for County employees, sponsored the Healthy Farms Healthy Lakes initiative to reduce phosphorus pollution in our lakes, and have supported multiple Affordable Housing projects in Dane County.
What is your plan to win? Feel free to list (or provide web links to) any endorsements you have already received, the size of your campaign team, your fundraising strategy, and any other relevant information.
When I first ran for office, I was outspent by my opponent 2/1 but still recieved 67% of the vote on election day. My campaign was truly grassroots and my strategy was based on an aggressive field campaign which prioritized direct voter contact. I am proud to have the support of of many of my colleagues on the Dane County Board as well as several City of Madison Alders.
Would you be willing to fight to suspend Voter ID laws in Dane County? How would you do this?
As previously mentioned, I authored a resolution urging the state to overturn Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law. I also supported a budget amendment to increase education funds for the County Clerk around Voter ID due to the lack of education by the state.
What (if any) alternatives to incarceration will you support as County Board supervisor?
In my first budget, I authored an amendment to increase funding for the Youth Restorative Court run by Briarpatch, TimeBank and the YWCA. This program is available to everyone under the age of 18 who receives a municipal ticket in the City of Madison. I also supported the adult restorative court and hope to bring increased pressure to the DA’s office to increase referrals to the restorative court.
What strategies would you pursue to increase the funds for community-based mental health and AODA Services and improve the availability of affordable housing across the county?
I want to continue to support affordable housing developments in Dane County, continue to support our POS agencies that provide mental health care, and leverage our collective impact by partnering with other government bodies and community agencies when possible.