JANESVILLE, WI — Today, Ann Roe, the current president of Downtown Janesville Inc., announced her candidacy for Wisconsin’s first congressional district. Ann delivered the announcement alongside friends and family at her long-time home in Janesville. She will be running as a Democrat against incumbent Bryan Steil.
“I’ve been a part of this community for 25 years. I’ve raised my children here, I’ve run a small business here and I’ve helped other small businesses succeed here,” said Ann Roe, candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. “Our community needs a representative who is going to put our families at the center of the debate in Washington. Someone who is going to ensure that our community is attracting good jobs, that our children are getting the support they need to stay in Southeast Wisconsin and succeed in a global economy, and that we are fixing our infrastructure for the next generation of business owners and innovators.”
Ann, who has lived in Janesville for the past 25 years, is an educator, small business owner and fundraiser for local civic organizations. She led the recent effort to secure funding to repair and revitalize the historic Woman’s Club Building in downtown Janesville, winning an $80,000 grant from the National Historic Trust and beating out 120 other national applicants.
In addition to her work on behalf of civic organizations and as a booster for business development in Downtown Janesville, Ann is an educator who lectured at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and now owns a small business, Custom College Solutions, which assists high school students in preparing for college.
As a business and community leader, Ann knows firsthand that the path to success for our community is inextricably linked to our access to quality education, health care, childcare, and good-paying jobs. But when it comes to enacting policies that will help us thrive, too many politicians are long on talk and political games but short on solutions. Ann is committed to securing solutions and looks forward to connecting with constituents in the coming months about what they need from their elected officials.