Meet the Candidate: Sarah Yacoub (Wisconsin)

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Candidate Name:

Sarah Yacoub

What office are you running for?

Wisconsin 30th Assembly District

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date


Why are you running for office?

I believe we can do better for the people of our district on the issues of access to healthcare, support for labor, public schools, clean energy/water, and access to broadband and reliable phone service.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

Issue: inadequate access to mental, addiction, and physical healthcare. We work towards improvement by accepting the $1 billion in federal funds Medicaid expansion, which my opponent refuses to do.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

We listen to understand one another, as opposed to listening to respond. We anchor conversation in our shared values. We acknowledge that the differences are in how to best solve problems and we need diverse perspectives to solve complex issues. We self-reflect about how our own words and responses affect others. We think about the experiences that may or may factor into different perspectives on an issue. We find a way to move away from the post-truth era identity politics.

Who is your hero?

My hero is anyone who has the courage to face their demons and fight to become better. Too often it feels like we can’t face that which is hurtful or inconvenient without losing our sense of self or identity or without it feeling too scary/daunting a task. For those brave enough to push through the process of actual self-reflection and self-improvement, society is better for it.

What are your hobbies?

Painting, gardening, bike riding, animals, dancing, cooking, spending time with my kids and traveling.

What is the most recent book you read?

Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

Biological mother to 4 boys, step-mother to 2 girls and another boy, fur baby mom to two dogs, plant mom to a garden of bulb flowers from the Netherlands.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

Engage in campaign social media (share/like/comment/invite friends to like); donate; write post-cards; share my campaign with anyone vested in seeing WI flip blue at the presidential level on Nov. 3, 2020 with an invitation to donate.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

Why does this Assembly District Matter? Big elections in WI come down to about 1%. Hillary lost by less than 1% in 2016. Evers won by just over 1% in 2018. Flipping this seat or losing by less is pivotal in flipping WI blue on Nov 3 at the presidential level. While gerrymandered, the 30th is a suburb of the Twin Cities and recent shifts in demographics make this assembly race very much in play. This is a race in which anyone in the country can plug in a modest campaign contribution and actually make a difference.

Candidate Social Media:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

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