Contact: John Imes, 608-712-7898

MADISON – Former Democratic Assembly Speaker and long time UW Regent Tom Loftus endorsed John Imes for State Assembly in the 77th Assembly District in a video released today:

Imes is seeking the seat being vacated by Terese Berceau who is retiring.

“The next legislative session will be crucial to the future of the UW, the Wisconsin Idea, the faculty, staff, students and the state,” said Loftus, “John is an experienced leader who will work diligently and effectively to defend the UW and support our university system.”

“As state representative, I’ll work to reinvest in the UW System and expand access for low and moderate income students,” said Imes. “It’s time to reclaim the Wisconsin Idea and extend the reach of the university’s ground-breaking research and partnerships that sustain our states economic engine.”

Imes is Executive Director of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, a nonprofit he co-founded over 20 years ago. As an elected Board Trustee for the Village of Shorewood Hills since 2012, John also serves as President Pro Tem, Personnel Committee Chair and is a member of the Plan Commission and Joint Campus Area Committee. John also serves on the Monroe Street Merchants Association Board and as an adviser to several initiatives including the Edgewood College, Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Program, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Climate & Energy Leadership Network and the Greater Madison Vision Steering Committee. John and his wife Cathie also own the Arbor House, an award-winning model for sustainable tourism located on Monroe Street. The Imes have four children – Jack, Cora, Ben, and Grace.

The 77th Assembly District includes much of Madison’s west and south sides, including the Dudgeon-Monroe, Regent, Sunset Village, Nakoma, Westmoreland, University Hill Farms, Spring Harbor, Midvale Heights, and Orchard Ridge neighborhoods, the Village of Shorewood Hills, plus Bay Creek, Arbor Hills, Leopold, and other neighborhoods along South Park St. and the Lake Monona shoreline. The date for the primary election is Tuesday, August 14th.

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