La Follette School student Sally Rohrer began a five-month appointment to the Madison City Council in November. The council unanimously approved her to represent the 8th District, replacing former Alder Avra Reddy, who resigned for family reasons.
Rohrer, who is in the School’s Accelerated Program, received her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from UW–Madison in May 2019. She was chosen over four other candidates. Rohrer will serve until the April 7, 2020, election.
“Rohrer, 22, said she wants to focus on environmental sustainability and voter accessibility, especially making sure the city is ‘doing everything it can’ to make it easy for students to get to the polls ahead of the 2020 election,” an article in the Wisconsin State Journal said. “She also hopes to work on addressing food security and affordable housing in the city.”
Rohrer has worked as an intern for U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, Gov. Tony Evers’ campaign, and state Rep. Chris Taylor. She also has served on several Associated Students of Madison committees.
The State Journal story also quoted Rohrer as saying: “In the classroom, you learn all the theoretical concepts about state and local government, finance, revenues. It’s really interesting to look at the budget and numbers and see it in action. I totally nerd out about it.”