Hayley Young was elected as the Dane County Board of Supervisors representative for District 5, which covers most of the UW-Madison campus, beating UW-Madison sophomore and former Associated Students of Madison University Affairs Chair Angelito Tenorio.
Young—a recent UW-Madison graduate and part-time legislative aide in state Rep. Melissa Sargent's, D-Madison, office—won the election with more than 60 percent of the vote. She earned 2,903 votes while Tenorio earned 1,722, according to the Dane County website. Incumbent and recent grad Leland Pan did not seek re-election.
Young expressed gratitude to supporters with a post on her official campaign Facebook page Wednesday morning.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported my campaign over the last few months,” she said in the post. “We had the opportunity to run a grassroots campaign, and the turnout on campus for this election was testament to how hard everyone on my team worked. I am so excited to start working to represent the Badger Community on the Dane County Board.”
During her campaign, Young said that addressing racial disparities in Dane County is her priority.
“If you have read the most recent reports the county has released, that is the most pressing issue,” Young said in a March 28 Daily Cardinal article. “If you look at what’s even going on on campus, what’s being reinforced, is how important it is to address [racial disparity] issues.”
Her website also says that increasing funding to the Dane County Rape Crisis Center is among her top goals.
There were three other contested races out of the 37 Board of Supervisors districts. Mary Kolar was re-elected to District 1, which represents some students living in the West Mifflin Street area.