Mandy Wright

Mandy Wright
Candidate For Assembly District 85

Mandy Wright

Candidate Background


214 Sherman St
Wausau, WI 54401

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Candidate Biography

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Mandy Wright is an educator and involved citizen focused on empowering her community. As a wife, parent of three beautiful daughters, teacher, and volunteer, Mandy has deep roots in Central Wisconsin.

Born and raised in Wausau, Mandy grew up exploring the woods and Wisconsin River near her childhood home north of Wausau, and enjoyed reading, always reading. She attended Riverview Elementary and earned Varsity letters as cross-country ski captain, goalie and captain of the girls’ soccer team, and the football kicker. After graduating from Wausau East, she studied English and Norwegian, receiving her B.A. from St. Olaf College. She worked for the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and as an after-school coordinator at Jefferson Elementary organizing many community programs and events. In 2000, Mandy organized a Food Camp for children focused on local, sustainable food production. Her family is a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which provides local food and community to her family. The Wrights also frequent local farmer’s markets and make a point to shop locally. Mandy and her husband volunteer to teach religious education at their church. With an MA in Education from Viterbo University, Mandy worked for four years as an English/ELL Teacher at Wausau West. After her third child was born, she took a year to be a stay-at-home mom and taught evening classes for Upper Iowa University. She taught sixth grade and was coaching soccer at Horace Mann Middle School prior to her election in 2012.

Mandy has seen the need for grounded, local citizens to be involved in the political process and advocate for the best interests of our community. She is an active member of many local and state organizations including the League of Conservation Voters, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin Farmer’s Union, Lake Wausau Association, Democratic Party of Marathon County, Noon Optimists, Wausau Nordic Ski Club, Friends of Rib Mountain, Sierra Club, and the YMCA. In Middle Wisconsin, a non-aligned citizens’ group, Mandy participated as a founder and cofacilitator. Mandy previously served on the board of directors for Family Planning Health Services and has recently joined the board of directors for the Wausau School Foundation. She is a proud graduate of Emerge Wisconsin, which trains Democratic women to run for office.

As a legislator, Mandy has served on the Small Business, Agriculture, Education, and Consumer Protection Committees. She was ranking member of Urban Education in her first session and represented on the Rural Schools Task Force. Over the summer she is serving on the Legislative Council Early Childhood Brain Development Committee.