I’m proud to represent a beautiful slice of Madison’s East Side: Eastmorland, Hiestand Park, Rolling Meadows, Elvehjem, and East Buckeye neighborhoods.
I’m here to give back to my community—and to work for a Dane County in which everyone can thrive. To make that a reality, we need to address deep, long-standing disparities and establish true racial and economic justice. We also need to take action locally on climate change so we can deliver a safe environment and clean water, soil, and air to our children and our children’s children.
These are big challenges, but I believe we can meet them through bold, inclusive, and collaborative action. I promise to do my part, and I look forward to hearing from you.
I’ve lived on Madison’s East Side since 2005. Currently, I live in Elvehjem with my wife (an MMSD elementary school teacher), two children, and an old adopted dog. I work in healthcare technology and I serve on the Elvehjem Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. My past community service includes a term as Chair of the East Side Progressives action team and several years on the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin AIDS Ride. Past professional experience includes a few years as a barista, a stint as a freeform alternative DJ, and research on endangered plant species.
As for hobbies, I lift weights, read, ride my bicycle (for three of our four Wisconsin seasons), cook excellent meals on occasion, and enjoy lots of time (and a little bit of success) in my garden.
I blog regularly at wrightfordanecounty.com.
Here's the October 2022 District 17 Digest!
Dane County Budget Season is in full swing! Every October and November, the Board of Supervisors reviews and makes amendments to the following year’s budget as proposed by the County Executive, Joe Parisi. Parisi released his proposed 2023 budget on Monday, October 3 and his budget memo is available on countyofdane.com (or, the memo is linked directly here).
With the release of the budget, the County Board and the Standing Committees of the Board will begin review and action on the budget. The County Board's Public Budget Hearing will be held at 6 pm on October 19. You can attend in-person at the City-County Building or virtually. Details and agendas are available from board.countyofdane.com/budget. This also includes times, agendas, and details for Standing Committee meetings, where we dive into additional detail on the budgets for the departments that each Standing Committee oversees.
The process will continue into November. The budget should be finalized mid-to-late November. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to me about what you'd like to see in the budget.
A look back at the past month or so
Key actions the Board has taken over the past month include:
Areas to watch
A lot of my day-to-day work on the Board is driven by the committees on which I serve. I am honored to serve on the following committees, and I've provided a brief summary of some of the exciting things we're doing:
Something else to watch: Forthcoming public hearings related to the airport's noise study. These will be scheduled soon and I will provide updates as I can. At present, I am pushing for these to be made more accessible to the community--for example, I want to see them occur within impacted neighborhoods rather than at the airport itself, which is more difficult to get to. More to come.
Of course, this update would not be complete if I failed to mention the Jail Consolidation Project. The plan for this project was approved by the County Board before I joined; after I joined, we learned that the budget provided for the plan is insufficient. I did not support allocating additional funds to the plan--instead, I supported a plan (2022-RES-136) that would have brought it back under budget. Neither plan passed. This does not change my belief that the County Board needs to solve this problem, and rapidly. I am continuing to work on this and will provide updates as I can.
Keeping in touch
I provide a monthly digest on the main District 17 Blog (board.countyofdane.com/supervisors/detail/17) where you can sign up to have them delivered directly to your inbox! I also blog regularly at wrightfordanecounty.com/blog, where the updates are more frequent and--it must be said--more opinionated. My goal is to provide multiple avenues of engagement that keep you informed based on your preferences.
You can email me anytime at email@example.com, and calls or texts are welcome to 608-338-3766. I hope to hear from you soon!