Felesia Martin

Candidate for 1st Vice Chair

 
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Felesia is a long-time resident of Milwaukee County Supervisory District 7 in the Sherman Park Neighborhood. It is an area that cuts through the city of Milwaukee, and includes such notable areas as Century City, Garden Homes Park, Sherman Park, Columbus Park, Dineen Park, and local coffee spot Sherman Perk. Felesia is the middle child of four children and comes from a working-class family where both parents were union members—her mother a member of United Food & Commercial Workers Union; her father a member of Steel Workers AFL-CIO.  She was raised to believe every individual has a responsibility to one’s faith, self, family and community. Service to one’s community is everyone’s responsibility. It is in the giving of self to community that one receive the greatest wealth.

Over the past 12 years, Felesia worked as a volunteer supporter of then-Senator Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency of the United States of America and most recently as a member of the 4th Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Felesia has operated at various levels of multiple political campaigns, which includes volunteer trainer, phone banking captain, staging location director, and treasurer for Cavalier Johnson’s successful bid for alderman of the 2nd District here in Milwaukee in 2015. 

Felesia was one of two Wisconsinites to serve as a national co-chair of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and volunteered for Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 gubernatorial campaign, assisting with increasing the African-American turnout in Terry’s favor. Felesia worked closely with Mary Burke’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign, and she worked tirelessly on the Steering Committee of Women for Hillary during Hillary Clinton’s bid for President of the United States of America in 2016. 

As a member of the leadership team of the 4th Congressional District of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Organizing for America/Organizing for Action, she has demonstrated dedicated, responsible leadership and engaging public speaking ability.  Felesia believes in showing respect toward, empowering, and including those performing the work of the Democratic Party, and that this results in every person knowing they are a part of something greater than themselves.

Felesia spent her professional career working for the Medical College of Wisconsin, one of Milwaukee County's greatest institutions. In 2018 she decided to switch careers by entering a local political race. As a first-time candidate Felesia ran for County Board of Supervisors in District 7 for an open seat, in which she won handily with 79% of the vote. 

As a County Board supervisor, she has applied her administrative background in working towards solving some of Milwaukee County’s greatest challenges and giving her community the representation it deserves. Felesia has joined a new movement of elected officials who not only care about our most pressing issues, but have worked to improve relations between the legislative and executive branch of Milwaukee County.

Felesia has the common-sense approach, tenacity, and drive needed to make a difference in the future of the Democratic Party.