Stubbs will be the first African-American person elected to represent Dane County in the state Legislature, in a state that continues to rank among the worst in the nation for racial equality. She was, at the time of the campaign, the Dane County Board’s only African-American supervisor.
Stubbs is a former parole agent and educator. She campaigned on criminal justice reform, diverting funding for prisons to education, implementing universal background checks for gun purchases, protecting abortion access, providing universal access to health care, supporting workers’ rights, strengthening the social safety net and bolstering environmental protections.
She’s far from the first African-American person to find herself interacting with police after engaging in a normal activity. She’s not even the first elected official to have it happen this year. Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum said she was approached by a sheriff’s deputy while canvassing in July, after a constituent called police concerned that she was planning to rob homes because she was taking notes on her cell phone between houses.