Assembly District 48 – Samba Baldeh

Who I am

I am an IT Project Manager at American Family Insurance Company where I have been employed for 20 years. I have been an Alder on the Madison Common Council for three terms and served as Council President in my second term. I am married to Fatou Jawo and own a home on the East side of Madison. I am community organizer and volunteer. In 2018 I was awarded the Midge Miller Award for Outstanding elected official. In addition to the committees that I serve on at the city council, I am also a member of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Community Advisory Council and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship Advisory committee. My background includes work in international youth development and entrepreneurship. As a human rights advocate I have visited countries like Colombia and Nigeria to advocate women and peoples rights.

Why I am Running

I immigrated to the US 20 years ago from the west African nation of The Gambia where I grew up in a very poor rural environment. Through good fortune, the assistance of many people and great effort, I now have the knowledge and ability to serve the people of my community in this difficult period in our lives. It is my highest priority to make sure that the people who have been hurt in their employment, health or education will receive the necessary assistance to recover from this catastrophe. There has never been a more important time to expand Medicaid and ensure health care to the tens of thousands of people who have lost their insurance coverage. I am running because I come from a uniquely vantage point to advocate for these issues. I am running because I have the leadership experience to advance the most critical issues such as Climate Change, building a strong economy and women’s rights.

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