Endorsements

Kaleem is a bridge builder. He works with everyone. His endorsement lists reflects the diversity of our city, its leadership and his ability to work with diverse groups of people, organizations and interest groups to get things done. Please Note: Although we mention the names of business and organizations that are affiliated with the individuals who have endorsed Kaleem's campaign, the businesses and organizations they lead or represent are not endorsing Kaleem's campaign. 

Highlights of Endorsements

Wisconsin State Journal Editorial Board

The Capital Times Editorial Board

Adelante of Madison

Kwame Salter, First Black Madison School Board President

Pleasant Rowland, Founder of American Girl Company

Kevin Conroy, Chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences

Lisa Peyton-Caire, Founder & President, Foundation for Black Women's Wellness 

Morris Andrews, Retired Teachers Union President, WEAC

Jim Doyle, Former Wisconsin Governor

Tommy Thompson, Former Wisconsin Governor

Sheila Stubbs, State Legislator and Maurice Cheeks, City Council

Judges Paul Higginbotham, Susan Crawford and Everett Mitchell

Dave Mahoney, Dane County Sheriff

Mary Burke, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Jessica Doyle

Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner, Diane Endres-Ballweg, Joseph Krupp and Diana Grove

The Caire and Thomas Family

Jabari Caire, Sekani Caire, Amira Caire, Alana Caire, Ajani Caire

Gretchen Caire, Carmon Caire, Marie "Patsy" Thomas, Sam Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, Howard and Mary Muhammad

Maurice Gavin, Sr., Colin Gavin, Amelia Gavin, Maurice Gavin, Aaron Gavin, Rita Adair, Brandi Grayson, Grace Roh

Current and Former Madison School Board Members

  • Ray Allen, Former Madison School Board Member; former Secretary of WI Dept of Workforce Development
  • Milele Chikasa Anana, Former Madison School Board Member; Founder & Publisher UMOJA Magazine
  • Mary Burke, Current Madison School Board President; Founder & CEO, Building Brave
  • Michael Flores, Former Madison School Board Member; Madison Fire Fighter
  • James Howard, Current Madison School Board Vice President; Retired Economist, U.S. Forest Service
  • Ed Hughes, Former Madison School Board Member; Attorney/Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • Juan José Lopez, Former Madison School Board Member; Section Chief 
  • Gloria Reyes, Current Madison School Board Member; Deputy Mayor, City of Madison
  • Kwame Salter, Former Madison School Board President; retired SVP HR Global Supply Chain, Kraft Foods
  • Johnny Winston, Jr., Former Madison School Board Member; Fire Lieutenant/Division Chief, Madison Fire Department

Current and Former City, County and School Leaders

  • Linda Allen, Retired Principal, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Julia Arata-Fratta, Fitchburg City Council, District 2
  • Carousel Bayrd, Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 8
  • Shiva Bidar, Madison City Council, District 5
  • Dorothy Borchardt, former Madison City Council Member, District 12
  • Richard Brown, Sr., former Dane County Supervisor, District 15
  • Sheri Carter, Madison City Council, District 14
  • Lauren Cnare, Former Madison City Council Member, District 13
  • Maurice Cheeks, Madison City Council, District 10
  • Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Madison City Councilwoman, District 1
  • Tony Hartmann, Fitchburg City Council, District 4
  • Ed Holmes, Retired Principal, Madison Metropolitan School District; Founder, Ebony Expressions
  • Steven Holtzman, Former Madison City Council Member, District 19
  • Frances Huntley-Cooper, Former Mayor of Fitchburg, WI
  • Dorothy Krause, Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 27; Fitchburg City Council, District 1
  • Isadore Knox, Former Madison City Council Member, District 14
  • John Odom, PhD, Retired Administrator and Principal, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Matthew Phair, Madison City Council, District 20
  • Enis Ragland, Deputy Mayor, City of Madison
  • Joe Sensenbrenner, Former Mayor, City of Madison
  • Sheila Stubbs, Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 23; State Representative, WI Assembly District 77

Business Leaders

  • Joseph Boucher, Co-founder, Attorney and Partner, Neider & Boucher, S.C.
  • Camille Carter, President, Madison Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Jessica G. Cavazos, Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
  • Kevin Conroy, Chairman & CEO, Exact Sciences
  • Erroll Davis, Retired CEO, Alliant Energy; retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia; retired Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools 
  • Elaine Davis, President, Davis Family Foundation 
  • Syovata Edari, Owner, CocoVaa Chocolatier 
  • Diane Endres-Ballweg, Owner, Endres Manucturing Company
  • Jan Fulwiler, Principle, Fulwiler Developments 
  • Gary Frings, Chief Information Officer, Exact Sciences 
  • Diana Grove, Co-owner, Prime Urban Properties 
  • William Haight, President, Magna Publications
  • Ana Hooker, Senior Vice President of Operations, Exact Science
  • Jim Imhoff, Retired CEO, First Weber Realtors
  • Torrey Jaeckle, Vice President & CFO, Jaeckle Distributors
  • Lindsey Lee, Owner, Cargo Coffee and Ground Zero Coffee
  • Tod Linstroth, Past Chair and Senior Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich Law Firm
  • Gary Molz, Vice President, EZ Office Supply
  • Rose Molz, President, EZ Office Supply
  • Joseph Krupp, Owner, Prime Urban Properties; founder, Krupp General Contractors; co-founder, Food Fight Restaurants
  • Douglas Poland, Attorney and Partner, Rathje Woodward LLC
  • Buck Rhyme, Owner, RR Consulting Group
  • John Roach, Owner, John Roach Projects; Columnist, Magazine
  • Pleasant Rowland, Founder, American Girl Company; President of Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
  • Melissa Auchard Scholz, Managing Partner, Scholz Nonprofit Law
  • Kim Sponem, President and CEO, Summit Credit Union
  • Susan Springman, Senior Project Manager, The Mullins Group
  • Krystal Williams-Oby, Principle/Owner, Williams Oby Law Group

Community Members and Leaders

  • David Aguayo
  • Patricia Alea
  • Pastor Marcus Allen, PhD
  • Carlos Alvarado
  • Sara Alvardo
  • Jennifer Andaluz
  • Amos Anderson
  • Peter Anderson
  • Kris Andrews
  • Wanda Anthony
  • Allison Bajrachayra
  • Bill Baldon
  • Shahanna Baldon
  • Pastor Joseph Baring
  • Kathleen Bass
  • John Bauman
  • Gaddi Ben-Dan
  • Daniel D. Bennet
  • Rachel C. Bennet
  • Chuck Billings
  • Jordan Bingham
  • Barbara Bitters
  • Shannon Blackamore
  • Robert Blade Lewin
  • Debra Borquist-Conlon
  • Gretchen Bosacker
  • Tim Boles, PhD
  • Barbara Boustead
  • Stephanie Bradley-Wilson
  • Anthony Brown, Jr.
  • Brenda Brown
  • Ashley Brown
  • Percy Brown, Jr.
  • Albert Bryan, M.D.
  • Cawi Buie
  • Robert C. Burgess
  • Mary Butler
  • Alexandria "Sande" Cagigal
  • David Cagigal
  • John Callaway
  • Sal Carranza
  • Patricia Carringi
  • Ronald Carringi
  • Shane Casey
  • Tim Cooley
  • Alex Cortez
  • Claude Covelli
  • Jt Covelli
  • Daphne Daniels
  • Joe Davis
  • Victor De La Paz
  • Andrea Dearlove
  • Hanna Dietsch
  • Michael Diiorio
  • Robin Downs
  • Cheri Dubiel
  • Gordon Enderle
  • Nancy Enderle
  • Nia Enemuoh-Trammell
  • Alice Erickson
  • Liza Estevis
  • Greg Everts
  • Theresa Feiner
  • Susan Fox
  • Tony Franklin
  • Sarah C. Frings
  • Howard Fuller, PhD
  • Michael Fultz, PhD
  • Carola Gaines
  • Sharon Galitzer
  • Mari Gasiorowicz
  • Pastor Alex Gee, PhD
  • David S. Gevers
  • Lisa Gingles
  • Cindy Gleason
  • Neil Gleason
  • Will Glenn
  • David Glomp
  • Brenda Gonzalez
  • Deborah Greiveldinger
  • Kristine Grutzner
  • Ted Gurman
  • Anthony Gray
  • Becky Green
  • John Green
  • Lauren Green
  • Will Green
  • Lynn Mary Greene
  • Michael A. Greene
  • Diane Hanson
  • Timothy Hanson
  • Mark Hazelbaker
  • Melissa Heinz
  • Joseph D. Hill
  • Kerry G. Hill
  • Tami Holmquist
  • Steve Holtzman
  • Jane Holtzman
  • Melissa Hornung
  • Melissa Huggins
  • Jacqueline Hunt
  • Bradley Hutter
  • Susan Ihler
  • Ann Imig
  • Kristin Jackson
  • Nicholas Jackson
  • Billie L. Johnson
  • Sunshine Jones
  • Johnny Justice
  • Marie Justice
  • Julie Kailin, PhD
  • Cynthia Kaumpf 
  • Joanne Kelley
  • Sol Thea Kelley-Jones
  • Jessi Kendall
  • Hank Khueling
  • Chi Kim
  • James A. Knight
  • Cheryl Knox
  • George Krug 
  • Susan Krug 
  • Alicia Kwon
  • Lisa Ladson
  • Howard Landsman
  • Christine Lashore
  • Brian Lavendel
  • Richard Leazer
  • David Leeper
  • Sally Lehner
  • Julie Loehrl
  • Kirbie Mack
  • José Miguel Maldanado
  • Timothy Maymon
  • Salli Martyniak
  • Dennis McClain
  • Lynn McDonald, PhD
  • Robert McDonald
  • Candace McDowell
  • Charles McDowell
  • Vanessa McDowell
  • Forbes McIntosh 
  • Pastor Colier McNair
  • Myra McNair
  • John Merrill
  • Linda Merrill
  • Annette Miller
  • Fratney L. Miller
  • Michael Miller
  • Mary Millon
  • Oscar Mireles
  • Allison Mix
  • John Mix
  • Marianne Morton
  • Ingrid Moser
  • Eileen Murphy
  • Elizabeth "Beth" Neary, M.D.
  • Dipesh Navsaria, M.D., PhD
  • Deb Neff
  • Douglas Nelson
  • Zack Neumeyer
  • Joy Newmann
  • Susan Nossal
  • Michael Olneck, PhD
  • Michelle Olson
  • Jan O’Neill
  • Sylvia O'Neill
  • Glenn Parks
  • Margaret Parks
  • Tamaria Parks
  • Donna L. Peota
  • Fran Petonic
  • Merrilee Pickett
  • Jeanne Pluemer
  • Corinda Rainey-Moore
  • Jessica Ralyn
  • Rebecca Ralyn
  • Richard Reichardt
  • Roderick Ritcherson 
  • David Ripp
  • Amos Roe
  • Hedi Rudd
  • Samara Safarik
  • Theresa Sanders
  • Tariq Saqqaf
  • Dana Scheckel
  • Brian Schimming
  • Susan Schwaab
  • Diane Schwartz
  • Kathy Seiden-Thomas
  • Pastor Marcio Sierra
  • Steve Skolaski
  • Pastor David Smith
  • Carrie Smith
  • Derrick Smith
  • Drew Smith
  • Jordan Smith
  • Lenell Smith
  • Steve Spiro
  • Jonathan Strenger
  • Kimberly Strother
  • Anthony Timmons
  • Nick Topitzes
  • Jessica Tormey
  • Marilyn Townsend
  • Julie Traxler
  • Susan Treiber 
  • Erin Trondson
  • Robert Trondson
  • John Valverde
  • Victoria Van Cleef
  • Christina Wagner
  • Greg Washington
  • Michael Weber
  • Shelley Joan Weiss
  • Mary Wells
  • Beth Wikler
  • Cristina Wilkie
  • T. Willard Fair
  • DeRonda Williams
  • Nina Winston
  • Pamela Wittenwyler
  • Jeanan Yasiri-Moe

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