MEET DEB

Hello! I am Deb Andraca
 I would like to continue representing all of us in Madison.

I am a wife, mother, teacher, community volunteer and state representative for Wisconsin's 23rd assembly district. In 2020, when I believed that Wisconsin was headed in the wrong direction, I stepped up to the plate to challenge the longtime incumbent — and won.

Our campaign made history becoming one of just three Democratic candidates in a decade to break through Wisconsin’s gerrymander and flip the 23rd district. Republican colleagues told me they had plans to take my seat back before I was even sworn in. My predecessor left nothing behind for me, so every list, file and database had to be started from scratch. Vaccines were not widely available yet Speaker Vos eliminated any mask requirement in the Assembly, putting our health at risk.

And then the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol happened.

What started as a fight to flip the 23rd district had suddenly morphed into something much bigger and more important. Soon legislation was introduced that would disenfranchise voters in our most populous cities, question the integrity of our poll workers, put political operatives in charge of local elections, and even decertify the 2020 election results. 

Just imagine if we had lost our campaign and Republicans gained a supermajority in the legislature. They could — and they would — override Governor Evers’ vetoes of all of these bills. They would create laws weakening our electoral process, public health decisions, gun safety, voting rights, public education, environmental protection… everything we fought so hard for in 2020.

Our fight has just begun. 

It is an honor to serve in the Wisconsin State Assembly, and I am grateful for every single day I spend working on behalf of our constituents. Thanks to you we can show up, speak out, and cast one more vote for the safer, smarter, healthier Wisconsin we all deserve. 

I hope to earn your vote again on November 8, 2022.

ABOUT DEB

A Wisconsinite by choice, my husband Marc and I moved to Whitefish Bay with our first daughter just a few months after she was born. Before having children we lived in Washington DC, Chicago and Houston, but after Marc accepted a job with Johnson Controls we knew Milwaukee would be our home.

After graduating from Syracuse University, I moved to Washington DC where I worked for a trade association for renewable energy companies. While working full-time I earned my master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. I have been a press secretary on a Congressional campaign, a communications director and lobbyist at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, and a Vice President at FleishmanHillard Public Relations.  

After my second daughter was born in Milwaukee I was a stay-at-home mom, I led two Girl Scout troops, volunteered at our local school, hosted fundraisers for the Urban Ecology Center, and served as PTO board member and president. As my daughters got older and more independent I went back to school again, earned my teacher’s license through Alverno College, started substitute teaching and volunteered with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. 

For many years as a constituent I tried to convince my state representative to support common-sense gun laws. To take action to prevent climate change. To support our public schools and teachers. To ensure all Wisconsin families had access to affordable, high-quality health care. Most of my calls, letters and meeting requests were ignored. So I decided that if I couldn’t change my representative’s mind, I would have to change his job. And on November 4 2020, I was elected to serve the 23rd district in Madison. I am so grateful for the support of my constituents during my first term, and I hope to earn your vote again this November.

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