Longtime Sun Prairie community leader Brenda Yang has announced her candidacy for Dane County Board of Supervisors District 19.
“I have lived in Sun Prairie for 21 years and have seen the city’s immense growth and the major challenges that come with rapid growth. My service on numerous civic committees throughout Dane County has given me deep insights into the issues Sun Prairie alders must face every year to make the lives of its residents better for all,” Yang said in a statement announcing her candidacy.
Yang is currently employed as the Upward Bound Math-Science Advisor supporting students at Madison East and La Follette High Schools where she serves students who come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds and are the first in their generation to attend college.
“I have been an advocate in the community for many years so I am very excited to make this announcement. If you know me, you know I’m all about equity and access,” Yang said on her Facebook page making her official announcement.
Yang has served as a board member for The Hmong Institute and is currently a board member for the YWCA of Madison, according to a press release from her campaign, and she is also a part of the Madison school district’s SHRAC (Superintendent’s Human Relations Advisory Council) team and has served on that council for the past 5 years.
“In addition to my community volunteer engagement work, I have been a strong advocate for improving public schools and I understand the barriers and challenges students and families face not only in education but other facets that might prevent them from gaining equitable access,” Yang said in a statement. “Also, I have a keen knack for understanding policy and analyzing data and finding solutions that are sustainable for all. I believe that for everyone to be treated justly without bias, it’s important for us to look at data and understand how policies and data are connected because data is the most unbiased way for us to bring about solutions that are sustainable and just for everyone.
“No matter what setting I am in, if I am serving on a board or a city council, I will always ask tough questions — questions that most people wouldn’t think of asking. I want to make sure all stakeholders are accountable and ensure that any solutions presented do not further perpetuate barriers but are sustainable,” she added.
So far, the Yang campaign has announced endorsements from current Sun Prairie City Council alders Bob Jokisch and Steve Stocker and former alders Al Guyant and Bill Connors, along with current Sun Prairie School Board member Alwyn Foster.