For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jason’s fiancé, Phillip – and thanks to the hard work of activists like yourself and the United States Supreme Court, in just under a month I get to change that title to “husband.” Many of you I’ve had the pleasure to meet, others I have yet to see out on the campaign trail.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for welcoming Jason to your towns and homes, listening to his ideas and sharing your vision for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. While I’d like him to be home more helping me clean or plan our wedding, I know what he is doing is for the greater good of our state. It may seem a bit biased, but I can’t think of anyone better to be the next State Party Chair.
For as long as I have known Jason, one thing has been very clear to me – his foundation is built on dedication, passion and humility.
Jason’s pretty humble about the work that he does to make Wisconsin a better place to live and work, so I wanted to take a minute to tell you about my soon to be future husband.
Jason wholeheartedly embraces his responsibility to his community. Whether its serving as the Chair of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission to ensure everyone is treated with respect, to stopping by Marquette to mentor first-generation students or spending the day with his little brother through the Big Brother Big Sister program, Jason is unwavering in his love and commitment to the people of our great state. He’s an inspiration to me every day.
We are proud to call Milwaukee home, purchasing our first house here together nearly a year ago. Yet Jason’s roots remain in Rice Lake and northern Wisconsin. He understands the challenges facing both urban and rural progressives, young and old alike. If you think you’ve repeatedly heard about how he got his start in politics riding his bike to local party meetings before he could even vote, just think about how many times I’ve had to hear it!
While it may just seem like a funny story, the moral of it is true; Jason has spent his entire life dedicated to progressive values and the Democratic Party.
One of the reasons I love Jason so much is that he doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. When Jason saw a void in the business community, where the stories of progressive businesses were being lost, he filled it by founding the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. I have watched this organization grow from a handful of members to a pro-fairness business coalition of over 300 in just two years. Jason understands how to bring people together and that’s exactly what he’ll do with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Because he’s been doing it all his life.
When Jason first came home and talked about running for Chair, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation from me – because I know that he’s the right person for the job. Jason’s progressive values are at the core of who he is as a person, and he’s spent his entire career fine-tuning the skills he needs to stand up for you and for Democrats across the state and the nation.
Jason will bring the same level of professionalism and commitment to the DPW that he brings to everything else he is involved with. He’s ready to give it his all, but he can’t get there without a little help. Can we count on your vote at the Democratic Party Convention on June 6?
You can sign up here to add your name to the growing list of supporters. Just last week, he added the endorsement of former Congressman Dave Obey to the list of more than 300 grassroots leaders and activists from around the state that have already pledged their support.
I’ve enjoyed being out on the campaign trail a bit with Jason during this race. Just this past Sunday, we did “date night” together at the Outagamie County Democratic Party’s dinner in Appleton. I’m glad I can be out there supporting him.
I love Jason and it’s clear to me that so many of you do as well. He brings energy, optimism, and hope with him no matter where he goes.
I hope you’ll join me in voting for Jason at the State Party Convention on June 6 in Milwaukee.
See you at convention!