Candidate Q&A: Lieutenant Governor’s Democratic Primary | local government

Two Democratic candidates will meet in the August 9 primary to become lieutenant governor. The winner of the primary will face the winner of the GOP primary, which has eight Republicans vying for the seat. The term is four years.

Peng she


Address: 5310 Arapahoe Lane, Madison

Family: Married with three children

Use: CEO, The Hmong Institute

Before elected mandate: None

Other public service: Governor’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood since 2019; Governor’s Committee on What’s Best for Children, 2018; Access Community Health Center Board Member since 2017 and President, 2020-22; Wisconsin State Interagency Council on Homelessness Racial Equity Task Force, 2021-22, City of Madison Economic Development Committee, 2007-14; Dane County Board of Social Services, 2005-09

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Education: BA, Central College, Iowa; Masters, DePaul University

Email and Website:, [email protected]

Sara Rodriguez

Sara Rodriguez


Address: 19585 Timberline Drive, Brookfield

Family: Married with two children

Use: State Representative

Before elected mandate: Wisconsin Assembly since 2020

Other public service: Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America; Peace Corps

Education: BA, Illinois Wesleyan University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University


Questions and answers

Why are you the best candidate for the job?

His: A lot of people pushed me to run for lieutenant governor. The combination of my diverse leadership background, my lived experience as a first-generation American, and my ability to organize and energize voters makes me the strongest candidate. I bring a life as a public servant, a proven track record of tenacity in the fight for our common values ​​and my eternal optimism in our democracy.

Rodríguez: I have executive experience, legislative experience and am a full time working mother. If you want to do something, give it to a working mother. I will add it to my list and get the job done.

What unique experience/expertise do you bring to the office?

His: My family came to America in 1976 fleeing the genocide. I understand firsthand the importance of democracy. In the decades since, I’ve owned a successful small business, effectively led statewide and local nonprofits, and served on numerous boards. Governor Evers appointed me to his Early Childhood Advisory Council. My work has changed politics at the state, local and federal levels.

Rodríguez: I have a lifetime of experience in public health and health care. A Registered Nurse, I have saved lives and protected our most vulnerable citizens. I’m a small business owner, was a vice president of a Fortune 100 company, and worked as an executive at a large local health care system. I was one of 70 people chosen each year to be an Epidemic Intelligence Officer at the CDC, where I conducted domestic and international outbreak investigations.

What goals would you bring to the position of lieutenant governor and how would you work to achieve them?

His: It is imperative to re-elect Governor Evers. My ability to reach and energize new voters makes me the strongest addition to the ticket. In power, my priorities will be to defend reproductive rights; pass sensible gun laws; and increasing access to health care. We also need to bring new voices to Wisconsin politics and ensure everyone has a seat at the table.

Rodríguez: I am committed to bringing the people of Wisconsin together to solve problems and move our state forward. I focus on keeping our communities safe and healthy, increasing entrepreneurship and small business ownership, solving the climate crisis, and preserving Wisconsin’s beauty for future generations.