In what is a surprise move that is sure to stun political observers and initiate heated debate in the community, retiring State Assemblywoman Tamara Grigsby has endorsed Sandy Pasch for the 10 Assembly District seat being vacated by Elizabeth Coggs, who is running for the District Six State Senate. “After much thought and careful deliberation, I have decided to endorse Sandy Pasch, Grigsby announced in a letter dated July 12. Pasch, who tried unsuccessfully to unseat state Senator Alberta Darling in a recall election in 2011, is the lone White candidate running for the seat. The other three candidates are African American women. They are: Harriet Callier, Millie Coby and Ieshuh Griffin. “I understand more than anyone the need for Black representation in the Wisconsin legislature,” Grigsby wrote. “I also understand the importance of supporting someone like Sandy who has a proven track record of effectively fighting for the issues that affect our community.” Grigsby noted Pasch’s efforts to reduce the disparities in Milwaukee’s high infant mortality rates, job creation and economic equality, the restoration of funding for the city’s public schools and helping to reinstate cuts made by Gov. Scott Walker to Milwaukee’s transit system. “Sandy gives our community a fighting chance at a time when we have much to lose. Now more than ever we need a powerful representative who has compassion for us, proficiency in the workings of state government, and a track record of success. Representative Sandy Pasch is that person. Rep. Grigsby has served as a prominent voice for Milwaukee as State Representative for the 18thAssembly District over the past eight years. Throughout her tenure, she fought for child welfare, W-2 improvements, health care access, excellent public education for all children, criminal justice reform, and the rights of women and minorities. She has tirelessly worked to give a voice to families and to those who are historically underrepresented in policy-making.
Rep. Pasch is a Milwaukee native, graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, and resident of the area since 1986. She has been a practicing nurse since 1976 and has served for 15 years as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia College of Nursing, instructing students in the fields of community health and mental health.
Rep. Pasch is the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader and chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus. During her two terms as a State Representative, she has focused on strengthening public education, improving health care, and creating family-sustaining jobs for Milwaukee’s communities.
“I am honored to earn Rep. Grigsby’s support to continue representing Milwaukee communities in the new 10th Assembly District,” said Rep. Pasch. “She is one of my closest friends and colleagues, and she has been one of the most persevering leaders for Milwaukee that our community has ever seen. I look forward to continuing our mutual efforts to address the most critical issues facing Milwaukee’s families.”