by MCJ Staff
“I’m running to not only win the election, but to win the community,” Allyn Monroe Swan adamantly declared. “I’m in it for the people, not even for a job.”
Swan is one of five candidates vying for the 6th Senate District post, left vacant when longtime senator Spencer Coggs was elected city treasurer.
A spiritual care coordinator at Heartland Hospice who has served in various capacities as a counselor, pastor and community volunteer, Swan believes he has the best resume of anyone running for state senate. He says he is “what people need and not just political rigmarole.”
The Milwaukee native has spent 30 years as a public servant throughout the state and country. While his resume boasts experiences in several human service fields, the constant theme is caring for others.
He has taught at an alternative school for teen offenders in Texas; counseled severely emotionally disturbed children who have been sexualized, abandoned and abused in Los Angeles; and pastored a mission church, where his congregation cared for and provided food and services for people in need.
For the last 17 years, he has worked in healthcare in crisis care, curative care, long term care, palliative care and hospice care as a Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain.
Swan says each of his experiences have forced him to ‘work on the frontline everyday.’
“All of my experiences have put me in touch with real people and real concerns,” he added. “I have learned that the issues so many people face, like healthcare in particular, are not linear issues.”
If elected, Swan plans to take his 30 years of service to Madison to continue serving on the frontline for the constituents of the 6th Senate District.
“I’m looking forward to actually being a foot solider for people,” he said.
In fact, he says he looks forward to “having an ear toward the ground and being available to serve community at every level.”
Rather than hoping to pass his first piece of legislation, Swan hopes to enforce current laws that are not properly enforced, such as black contractors not receiving contracting jobs in the city.
Swan says he supports same pay for equal work between men and women; collective bargaining; quality healthcare with fair pay for teachers; and job development. He also wants to buffer BadgarCare and champion Black business development.
No stranger to the political arena, Swan is the son of the legendary Monroe Swan, Wisconsin’s first African American State Senator. Elected in 1972, the senior Swan brought pride to the constituents of the 6th Senate district via hard work diligence and respect for the people he served.
As a younger child, Swan remembers accompanying his father to many senate sessions, where he witnessed his diligence and perseverance.
If elected, he hopes to take many of the lessons learned handed down from his father and even plans to utilize some of the same ingenious tactics and methods that his father employed to better the community.
Swan said he would, like his father did in the ‘70s, open a district office to serve as a triage for services. Similar to his father’s community outreach facilitation, constituents would receive assistance in securing help for their needs.
He would like to have quarterly meetings with representatives and officials from all levels government to discuss and resolve issues facing the community. The forum would serve not as a bully pulpit, he said, but as a means of holding elected officials accountable.
“As an elected official you not only have a vote, but a voice and a choice,” Swan said. “Too often we play politics, which will leave us as a destitute area with no one there.”
In debates, open forums and on his website, he continually reiterates that his ‘running to win the community.’ If he wins the election, he says he will not stop campaigning after August 14. Said Swan: “That’s when the real work starts when I will need to hit the streets and go door-to-door more the ever to let the community know that there is a state senator who’s there for them and they can voice their concerns.”