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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Melissa Lemke

Candidate For Assembly District 62

Melissa Lemke

Candidate Background

Party: 
Democratic
Address: 

815 3 Mile Rd
Racine, WI 53402-2901

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

Growing up in Kimberly, Wisconsin, a town with a similar in size and industry as Racine, I grew to learn important lessons about serving your community. I worked to earn a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. After school I served in AmeriCorps, which allowed me to invest in my community while earning money to attend school. Later I returned to school at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee to obtain my Master’s degree. I have a history of pursuing and achieving challenging goals, using the work ethic I learned in my family.
While meeting with the people of Racine County, I have heard that they have concerns about the future. I hear about education, health, and jobs most while meeting with our neighbors. As a person who has lead youth after school programs, teen health education programs, and taught as a member of American Federation of Teachers in our fine university system, I understand the importance of having reasonable class sizes and the most qualified people teaching in our schools. As a public health professional, I have devoted my career to working on programs ranging from: youth nutrition education, teen pregnancy prevention, senior physical activity, to pre-natal care programs. I also spent time working as a policy analyst, understanding trends in income migration and school funding in the southeast Wisconsin area. These experiences uniquely qualify me to lead on day one in the areas of most concern to our residents, education, health, and jobs.
I also have also been blessed to serve our community in many ways in the 6 years I have called Racine my home. I have served in leadership at my church in numerous capacities: meeting with the Spanish/English conversation group to build bridges between the Latino and English speaking communities in our area, serving in our community garden which creates access to fresh vegetables, and packing lunches for our youth summer enrichment program.
I am also proud to have served our community in a number of other capacities including: working at the YWCA to advance the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, volunteering with our next generation through the Big Sisters program, leading youth health programs through Diverse & Resilient, and reviewer for youth scholarships through the Racine Community Foundation
I have a deep respect for the varied opinions held by the residents of our district. I will strive tirelessly to honor both our differences and the values we share while serving as your assemblywoman. I commit to bringing our new vision and strong leadership to serve you in Madison.