Elected Officials

SAMBA BALDEH, CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 17 (MADISON, WISCONSIN)

Baldeh was elected to this office in spring 2015. He was born in a small village in rural Gambia, in Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 2000. He became a U.S. citizen in 2005.

He has experience working in youth development at the international level, and with his cultural heritage and knowing the challenges of immigration, he is dedicated to making sure all of our voices are heard.

His key issues include:

Public safety
As the president of the Senegambia Association he helped organize educational forums on community policing that brought together community members and Madison Police. He will promote respectful relationships and trust between police and neighborhoods and encourage use of neighborhood officers.

Strong and safe neighborhoods
We will support strong schools, and help youths get a good start in life. Madison needs affordable housing for individuals at all stages of life and families. He will work with the city and Dane County to address the shortage of affordable housing.

Equity
Our resources have to be invested in an equitable way, so that our investments match our values. He will advocate for the district in city decision-making processes, and support private projects with public money only if the project helps the community.

Website: http://www.samba4district17.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samba4District17

 

LENA BUGGS, RAMSEY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 4 (MINNESOTA)

Lena has made Saint Paul her hometown for nearly seven years. She is married with children, living in the North End Neighborhood of the City Of Saint Paul.

Lena currently serves as Coordinating Committee member of the Green Party Of Minnesota. She is also the project coordinator, for the North End Village Community Rain Garden, in association with District 6 Planning Counsel, Ward 5 City Counsel office and Capital Region Watershed District respectively.

When free time permits, she can be found engaging the community in environmental issues, seen out supporting local small businesses, or working on the next campaign to champion water quality and conservation techniques, for residents living in Ramsey County!

Lena was elected to the Ramsey County Soil and Water Conservation Board in 2016.

“I am Green because the two party system continues to ignore the African American community The Green Party champions diversity and Equality”.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lena-Buggs-Ramsey-County-Conservation-District-4-535957209817658/

Twitter: @Lena4SWCD

More info: http://mngreens.nationbuilder.com/our_people

 

ALVIN CLAY, QUORUM COURT JUSTICE, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY (ARKANSAS)

Alvin Clay was elected to this post in 2012.

The Quorum Court is a thirteen-member board that is responsible for approving the County Budget, approving the number of personnel and their salaries, filling vacancies of elected County offices, and levying taxes.

Located in the northeast corner of the state, the county was named for the mighty river that flows along its eastern border. It has two county seats, Blytheville in the north and Osceola in the south.

Clay’s goals are to promote education and training,and invest in the unemployed workforce.

Clay holds a bachelor’s degree from Lane College and a master’s degree from Arkansas State University. He has worked in the local school system as a teacher, coach and principal. He is also a licensed and ordained Baptist minister. He has worked with New Life Prison ministries for 20 years, and in June of 2012, he retired as Associate Pastor at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.

 

ANNIE YOUNG, MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER (MINNESOTA)

Before serving on the Park Board, Young built a reputation as an environmental activist, a food and cancer educator, a neighborhood leader, and an outspoken opponent of Hennepin County’s plans to route garbage through an East Phillips industrial area.

Young was first elected to the Minneapolis Park Board in 1989 drawing on years of experience as a North and South Side community activist. In her first run, Young edged out Barb Johnson, then a metro parks commissioner and now president of the City Council, by four votes.

Annie is now the third-longest-serving park commissioner in history.
She has fought to reduce how much parkland is mowed, particularly on hillsides and shores, championed lake quality, integrated pest management, promoted cleaning park buildings with green products, and negotiated a dramatic reduction in use of herbicides with park operations staff.