We are thrilled to announce that firefighter, labor leader and statewide politician Mahlon Mitchell will moderate a panel of local elected officials from across Wisconsin. The panel, titled “The Power We Hold: The Impact of Our Local Elected Officials,” will feature a mayor and members of school boards and city councils, all people of color, from around Wisconsin.
Mahlon is a Lieutenant with the City of Madison Fire Department and currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, being the youngest and first African American to serve in the post. He is also President of his Local, Fire Fighters Local 311 and served as President of “Sable Flames,” the association of African American fire fighters of the City of Madison Fire Department.
Mahlon ran for Lieutenant Governor as the Democratic nominee in the 2012 recall election, and recently ran in the Democratic primary for Governor where he finished 2nd in a crowded field of eight.
In 2015 Mahlon was named by Madison365 as one of the 28 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin.
Mahlon has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and in 2013, was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by the National Labor College.