Endorsement: Melissa Sargent for Assembly

July 24, 2012

Amber Meyer Smith, Program Director, 608.251.7020 ext. 16, 608.347.6026 (cell)
Gary Goyke, Clean Wisconsin Action Fund Board Chair, 608.219.5237

MADISON — On behalf of its thousands of members across the state, Clean Wisconsin Action Fund proudly announced its endorsement of Melissa Sargent for the 48th Assembly District today.“Melissa Sargent understands that we are at an environmental crossroads,” said Gary Goyke, board chair of the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund. “In the Assembly Melissa will continue to stand up to polluters and fight to protect the Wisconsin that we love.  The Clean Wisconsin Action Fund is proud to endorse Melissa Sargent as the best choice to represent the 48th Assembly district.”As a County Board Supervisor, Sargent has been a strong advocate for restoring the quality of Dane County’s lakes.  She served on the Dane County Parks and Open Space Advisory Council as well as the Yahara Lakes Water Level Advisory Group (YLAG2). Sargent understands that local advocacy is vital to protecting our environment and has put that understanding to work as an active member of both the Friends of Lakeview Hill and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.  Melissa also shows her commitment to a healthier, more vibrant environment through her membership to numerous conservation and environmental advocacy groups.

Accepting the endorsement, Melissa said; “I’m deeply touched to be so enthusiastically supported by a group that is dedicated to fighting for a Wisconsin that embraces renewable energy and has abundant clean water to drink, swim, and use for recreation.  The environmental safeguards that protect our environment and the health of our families have been under attack in recent years, and its time to realize that our economy and health depends on clean, renewable energy and a healthy environment.”

Melissa is serving her second term on the Dane County Board.  She chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. Melissa grew up swimming in Dane County lakes and enjoying our area parks.  She is a wife, a mother of four sons and a small business owner who is a graduate of East High School and UW-Madison. Melissa and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and camping.

The new 48th Assembly District includes Madison’s Northside, Maple Bluff and portions of Madison’s east side.

“Residents in the 48th Assembly District understand the need to move forward with clean energy and ensure our waters remain safe and enjoyable for all to enjoy,” said Goyke. “A vote for Melissa Sargent is a vote for clean energy, clean air and clean water.”