Shelia Stubbs, the only African American currently serving on the Dane County Board, will run for the seat being vacated by retiring Representative Terese Berceau.
“I am running for Wisconsin State Assembly,” Stubbs said in a statement released Friday. “I have registered my campaign committee and I will be making a more formal announcement in the very near future. During her 26-year career on the Dane County Board and in the Legislature, Terese Berceau has been a dedicated public servant and a strong voice for women’s health, consumer protection, workers’ rights, the environment, health care reform, and education. Together, we can build on her legacy and continue to fight for the values, issues, and change we need in these challenging times.”
Stubbs, who represents Madison’s south side on the County Board, has been an advocate for local government engagement with communities of color. She led an effort to create staff working groups across County departments to find new strategies to serve marginalized populations.
Stubbs is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent the 77th District, which encompasses Madison’s south and west sides as well as the University of Wisconsin campus area and Shorewood Hills.
Stubbs, a native of Beloit, was elected to the County Board in 2006.
This article has been corrected to reflect that Stubbs is the only African American on the County Board but no longer the only woman of color.