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Friday, June 21, 2024

Young: Local government doesn’t have ‘luxury of being complacent right now’

Nearly a month ago, Dane County Board Supervisor Hayley Young,, District 5, introduced a resolution asserting the county’s official condemnation of hateful rhetoric toward Muslim Americans. After the presidential election results, her resolution took on a new meaning.

Young proposed the resolution in response to hateful rhetoric that came to the forefront during the presidential campaign.

“Some of the national rhetoric that we have been hearing means that you might not know, or it might not be your first assumption, that you are being represented by a body that believes in inclusiveness,” Young told The Daily Cardinal in October.

“I think that the [symbolism] of that resolution mattered a couple weeks ago,” Young said. “I think it matters more now because I think that as a community we need to come together and figure out what we’re going to be doing at home, at work and in the halls of local government.”

Young said she has not heard any constituents reach out as a result of the presidential election, but said what she has seen on social media indicates fear not only for hate and bias towards Muslims but on many other issues.

“I think the role of local government is going to become more important across the board, not just with [hate and bias towards muslims],” Young said. “I don’t think we have the luxury of being complacent right now.”

Young said one thing in particular that people have fear is losing their health insurance.

“Some things are going to change because federal policy does impact local government,” she said. “I hope that we are more creative and more aggressive in trying to create a more equitable Dane County.”

She said she is not sure exactly what Dane County what will be able to do moving forward so soon after the election.

Young said she will likely have to work during an anti-Trump protest Thursday evening, but that she hopes to speak with attendees about actions moving forward.

“I am going to reach out to some of the organizers and see what their goals are,” she said.

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