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Meet the 26th Senate District candidates

Meet the 26th Senate District candidates

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26th Senate District candidates

Democrats running in the 26th Senate District (from left): Brian Benford, William Davis III, Nada Elmikashfi, John Imes, Amani Latimer Burris, Aisha Moe and Kelda Roys.

Meet the candidates

Brian Benford

Age: 61

Address: 2273 East Washington Ave., Madison

Family: Father of five children

Job: Success coach at UW-Madison Odyssey Project

Prior elected office: Madison City Council, 2003-2007

Other public service: Past president of the City of Madison Equal Opportunities Commission

Education: Master’s degree in social work, UW-Madison


William Davis III

Age: 35

Family: Not married, four children

Job: Disabled

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Volunteer working with low-income families and homeless

Education: Ashworth College


Nada Elmikashfi

Age: 24

Address: 4849 Sheboygan Ave. Apt. 324, Madison

Family: Single

Job: Full-time candidate

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Member, Sustainable Madison Committee; Gov. Tony Evers appointments team, fall 2019; legislative fellow for Sen. Jennifer Shilling, Summer 2019; fellow, NextGen America, 2018

Education: Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and certificates in entrepreneurship and environmental studies, UW-Madison


John Imes

Age: 59

Address: 1008 Edgehill Drive, Madison

Family: Married, four children

Job: Executive director, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative

Prior elected office: Shorewood Hills village trustee since 2012

Other public service: President pro tem, Shorewood Hills Plan Commission; chairman, Personnel Committee; chairman, Finance Committee; Joint Campus Area Commitee; Monroe Street Merchants Association Board; Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters: Climate and Energy Leadership Network

Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Carroll University; associate degree in environmental health technology, Madison Area Technical College


Amani Latimer Burris

Age: 51

Address: 1047 Melvin Court, Madison

Family: Married, two children

Job: Former field organizer, Wisconsin Democratic Party

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Los Angeles Unified School District middle school teacher, 2000-2002; City of Madison election inspector

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, UW-Green Bay; graduate work, University Of Minnesota

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Aisha Moe

Age: 21

Address: 305 N Gammon Road, Madison

Family: Single

Job: Former community organizer and legislative staffer

Prior elected office: None

Other public service: Field organizer, Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, 2018

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and African cultural studies, UW-Madison

Email, website:,

Kelda Roys

Age: 41

Address: 702 Seneca Place, Madison

Family: Married, mother and stepmother of four girls

Job: Attorney; founder of OpenHomes

Prior elected office: Wisconsin State Assembly, 2009-2013

Other public service: Appointed commissioner, Madison Community Development Authority, since 2019; various other boards and commissions

Education: Bachelor’s degree, New York University; law degree, University of Wisconsin Law School

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