Jamie Kuhn

Former Dane County Board Supervisor Jamie Kuhn is the only candidate on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election for District 16. 

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Former Dane County Board Supervisor Jamie Kuhn is the only candidate on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election for District 16, which includes Madison’s far east side.

Kuhn previously served on the the board in 1998, representing District 23. Once elected, she will replace Dave de Felice who announced at the end of March he would be leaving the board after 13 years in office because of health concerns.

“My main goal in running for this office is to ensure we continue to not only serve the residents of the district but that we continue to ensure that Dane County continues to build on what we already have here,” Kuhn said.

Though hers is the only name on the ballot, Kuhn said she does not take the election for granted and is knocking on doors around the district to let constituents know about their next representative.

Kuhn works in communications for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She said she is invested in working on children and family issues, the public health system and renewable energy issues.

“One of the opportunities we have at local government is continuing to protect our safety net programs and do some great things at the local level,” Kuhn said.

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When she last served on the board, Kuhn and then Supervisor Echnaton Vedder caused some controversy when they chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance at board meetings. Kuhn said at the time the board lacked diversity, and she challenged some traditional ways the board operated.

“When I joined the board not only as a younger member but also who at the time was interested in lifting up other voices, I think there was some butting of heads and some challenges with that for certain,” Kuhn said. 

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Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.