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John Hendrick

John Hendrick has represented the District 6 seat on the Dane County Board of Supervisors since 1994 and announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Here, Hendrick is seen speaking at a press conference June 7 at the East Madison Community Center. 

After over two decades as the District 6 supervisor on the Dane County Board, John Hendrick announced this week he will not be seeking re-election in the 2018 election.

Hendrick joined the board in 1994, representing the east side of Madison. The district is bordered by Blair Street, East Washington Avenue, Lake Monona and Stoughton Road.

“I have always enjoyed serving you as your county supervisor and I look forward to many more years as your neighbor and ally for social, racial, economic and environmental justice,” Hendrick said in a Facebook post announcing the decision.

Hendrick served two short-term stints as the Dane County Board chair, the first of which was eight days at the end of 2010 when former County Executive Kathleen Falk resigned. He served again as chair from January 2013 to April 2014 after Scott McDonell resigned from the role of chair following his election as county clerk.

Hendrick is currently a member of the county’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, Public Works & Transportation Committee and Public Works Sustainability Subcommittee. He also works full time for the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups assisting victims of financial exploitation.

During Hendrick’s time on the board, the county adopted its first comprehensive plan that encourages coordinated planning with area communities and balances interests such as preserving natural areas and providing an adequate supply of affordable housing.

“The point of the comprehensive plan is to have all the people in the county have a say in the pattern of development and rural preservation and also have the local government and the local citizens have a say at the local level,” Hendrick said.

Hendrick co-authored the county’s original living wage ordinance and proposed the now adopted plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for county workers by 2022. He also pointed to the county's work on a day resource center as another accomplishment during his time on the board. 

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Though Hendrick said the county has worked to improve the criminal justice system, he said he would have like to see more done in that area.

“Unfortunately, that job is unfinished,” Hendrick said.

The election is April 3, 2018. 

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Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.