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A Dedicated Progressive


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A Dedicated Progressive


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Jimmy's Story


Jimmy's Story


 

Jimmy grew up in a working-class home, married Ashley, his high-school sweetheart, and became the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. But Jimmy’s life was forever changed just before his final year at UW Law School when a drunk driver took the lives of his parents and brother, and left Jimmy paralyzed from the chest down.

After the tragedy, Jimmy and Ashley made a promise to commit themselves to helping others. Jimmy graduated law school and then started Drive Clear, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the victims of drunk driving and working with groups like the Madison/Dane County Tavern League to empower people to make smart decisions before getting behind the wheel.

But Jimmy’s commitment and passion goes far beyond issues of drunk driving. It’s his goal to be a truly progressive voice in the Assembly as your representative.

Jimmy lives in Fitchburg with Ashley, who works as a veterinarian, along with their two dogs, three cats, two rabbits, and gecko.

 
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Your Progressive Choice


Your Progressive Choice


 

Jimmy is a dedicated progressive who feels that our politicians are too focused on serving the wealthy and well-connected instead of focusing on what matters to you. As your representative, Jimmy will make decisions based on core progressive values, not political calculations. He will stand against Scott Walker and his extreme right-wing agenda and promises to fight every day to protect our environment, reestablish the rights of workers, demand open and accountable government, and ensure that no matter who you are, who you love, or how much you make, that you will have the same opportunity to succeed.

After his own personal tragedy, Jimmy came to understand first-hand the importance of having a strong safety net and the need for our most vulnerable to be protected under the law. It is unacceptable that so many people have been taken advantage of and exploited for financial gain while our politicians do nothing. At the heart of Jimmy’s campaign is a desire to make sure that everyone has the rights, respect, and resources they need to make ends meet and provide for their loved ones.

 
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Ask Jimmy


Ask Jimmy


 

Q. What will be your priorities in the Assembly?

A. I want to be your true progressive voice in the Assembly. We need to defend the education budget from draconian cuts, protect our environment, demand clean, open, and accountable government, and focus on what you care about instead of the corrupt special interests ruining our state.

 

Q. Can someone new really make an impact in the Assembly?

A. For the past six years, Democrats have been losing ground in the Assembly. The status quo has not been working, and yet, our current politicians have done little to change course. We need new ideas, new policies, and new strategies if we ever hope to take back our government. That’s my goal, and with your support, I know we can spark real change.

 

Q. Why did you decide to run this year?

A. Republican policies have caused great harm to our state but our current politicians have been unable or unwilling to turn things around. If we don’t act soon, we may lose the state for a generation. We need someone who will always defend our progressive values. Someone who can credibly stand against Scott Walker because he has never stood with him. I’m a progressive through and through and I will never give you a reason to doubt my intentions.

 

Q. Are you able to fully represent me in the Assembly with your disability?

A. Absolutely. After my accident, I went back and completed my law degree and then started a nonprofit that has had a real impact on many people's lives. I have the drive and tenacity to be a strong and passionate voice for our progressive values. You can trust me to stand against Scott Walker’s radical agenda as I literally have more steel in my spine than anyone in the legislature. FDR saw us through the Great Depression and World War II from a wheelchair and I will aspire to channel his fortitude as I stand up for you.

 

Q. What are your ties to Dane County and our community?

A. My wife and I chose UW-Madison for our studies because we loved the community and saw Wisconsin as a place we could put down roots. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. It was this community that helped me after losing my family and so kindly supported the work I’ve done through my nonprofit. I feel lucky and privileged to call Dane County my home and I hope to continue to receive your support as I run for the Assembly.

 

 
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Endorsements


Endorsements


Jimmy’s campaign is excited to have the support of so many fantastic people and organizations, including:

 

Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (WLCV)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 32

Sierra Club

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI)

Wisconsin AFL-CIO (WAFL-CIO)

Madison Teachers Incorporated (MTI)

Clean Wisconsin Action Fund (CWAF)

Wisconsin Progress

SMART

Citizen Action

Working Families Party

Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council 39

Tammy Baldwin                                                 Member of U.S. Senate  

Mark Pocan
Member of U.S. House of Representatives

Russ Feingold
Former (and hopefully future) member of U.S. Senate

Joe Parisi 
Dane County Executive

Kathleen Falk 
Former Dane County Executive

Steve Arnold 
Fitchburg Mayor

Susan Happ 
Jefferson County District Attorney

Chad Speight 
Monona City Council President

Jonathan Brostoff 
State Representative

Daniel Riemer
State Representative

Mandela Barnes
State Representative

Chris Taylor                                                           State Representative

Melissa Sargent                                                    State Representative  

Jake Johnson 
Fitchburg Alder

Michele Ritt
Dane County Board of Supervisors

Al Matano 
Dane County Board of Supervisors

Amanda Hall
Madison Alder

Maurice Cheeks
Madison Alder

Sandy Pasch 
Former State Representative

Peter Bock 
Former State Representative

Maggie Brickerman 
Former Executive Director of Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Scott Resnick 
Former Alder

Katie Belanger 
Former Executive Director of Fair Wisconsin

Anne Sayers 
Former Political Director Wisconsin League of
Conservation Voters

 

 
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Contact Jimmy


Contact Jimmy


 

Jimmy will be going door to door throughout Wisconsin's 47th Assembly District to introduce himself and to hear what you want from a truly progressive voice in the Assembly. 

If you would like to reach out and share your views, please send Jimmy an email or call him at (608) 509-4560.