Findley Campaign: Announces candidacy for 1st Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Contact: Jeff Smith 715-579-9811
Milwaukee, WI- Former 4th Congressional District and Black Caucus Chair Stephanie Findley announced today she is running for First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin with Jeff Smith, candidate for Chair
“ I’m pleased and excited to announce my candidacy for the position of First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, running alongside Chair candidate Jeff Smith, “ said Findley.
“ With a combined ten years as Chair of the DPW’s 4th Congressional District and its Black Caucus, I’ve had a seat at the table as important decisions were made within the DPW. Now I’m eager to take the next step and serve as First Vice Chair so that we can begin the hard work of rolling back the extremist right wing agenda that has left so many urban and rural Wisconsin families and individuals struggling to just get by. I’ve had the opportunity over the last several weeks to get to know Jeff, and while we come from markedly different backgrounds I’ve found we share a common set of values: fairness, a commitment to equal opportunity for all, a deep concern for the plight of the voiceless and disadvantaged among us, and a determination to forge the urban/rural relationships that will be crucial to restoring Wisconsin’s progressive tradition.“
For over 20 years Findley has made civic engagement a central part of her life, serving as Chair of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milwaukee, and as Chair of the City of Milwaukee Elections Commission. She is both an AFSCME member and the CEO of her own construction company, Midwest Construction.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with Stephanie’s decision, “ said Smith. “ I know I can learn a lot from her and together I strongly believe we can steer the party in the direction we need to go to start winning elections again. For too long rural and urban party members have not understood the challenges that the other faces, but with this partnership I know we can start bridging that gap and forge a mutual understanding that will make us successful going forward. “
The election for State Party Chair will take place during the Wisconsin Democratic State Party Convention on June 5 and 6, 2015 in Milwaukee.