What office are you running for?
State Assembly District 82
With which party are you running for office?
Primary: August 11th, 2020/ General: November 3, 2020
Why are you running for office?
My name is Jacob Malinowski, I’m 22 years old, and I’m running for State Assembly in the placed I’ve lived my entire life. I graduated valedictorian from the public schools in Greendale, and after four years at Yale University, I came back to be an advocate for my community. My father is a carpenter, and his father owned a union shop in Milwaukee — I get what it means to roll up your sleeves and do your job. I also have a strong commitment to service: I worked 3 different retail jobs in my community (including McDonald’s for $7.25/hr) to pay for college, I served on the Greendale School Board, and I volunteer every year with a veterans organization to teach young men about our country’s values.
I never thought I would run for office — I much preferred working behind-the scenes. Then, in the fall of 2019, there were three cases of young people dying by suicide in my district: two in Greenfield and one in Greendale. The young man in Greendale was the younger brother of a good friend of mine and went to my former high school. That same day, my state rep missed six bipartisan votes on suicide prevention, and he never apologized or explained why. This pissed me off, so I decided to do something about it.
I’m running because my hometown deserves a passionate, accessible, and inclusive representative who wants to put people first. Instead of the same old politics as usual, we need a fresh new face to actually get things done.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
The biggest issue facing my community is a lack of involved leadership. Every issue — from the cost of prescription drugs to the tax burden on working people — stems from a failure of our representation to get their hands dirty and do the job we pay them to do. I’m passionately campaigning on actionable ideas and getting involved in the community. This is a full-time job — we ought to treat it like one.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We need to start listening to each other. Right now, politicians are simply waiting for their turn to speak instead of actually hearing what others have to say. Listening — to the marginalized, the oppressed, the unheard, and those who feel left out — comes first.
What is the most recent book you read?
Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer by Nancy C Unger
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have a cat named Charlie!
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
The hardest thing for a young candidate to do is fundraise, so if you have capacity: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/friendsofjacob
You can volunteer no matter where you are: electjacob.com/volunteer
Otherwise, engage with us on all platforms: @ElectJacobWI Website: electjacob.com
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
How do you take your coffee? Black, and from a gas station or a diner. The grittier, the better.
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