Alder Marsha A. Rummel,
Council President Pro Tem
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Marsha Rummel grew up in Chicago and came to school at the UW in 1975. She received her BA in Political Science from the UW-Madison in 1979 and moved to the 6th District in 1982. She was elected to the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) Board in 1994, and was Board President from 2002 until 2007. Since her election to the Common Council in April 2007, Marsha has been an advocate for revitalizing the Capital East district as an employment center, creating Central Park and Madison's first skateboard park, protecting basic and social services, increasing affordable housing options, working to protect drinking water quality, enhancing our local parks and shorelines, working on multi-modal transportation connections, protecting city street trees, expanding urban agriculture opportunities, and insuring best practices in development and our citizen democracy in the planning and review process.
In 1989, Marsha was one of the founders of the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, Madison's only cooperatively owned and collectively managed independent bookstore. She has served as a co-manager since 1991 providing books and textbooks to the activist and academic communities. She helped organize hundreds of public events with progressive authors and activists. Marsha is a member of the Greater State Street Business Association, Dane Buy Local campaign and contributes to the success of the annual Wisconsin Book Festival. Rainbow helped found the Wisconsin Books to Prisoners project in 2006 and has sent books to thousands of prisoners across WI and in dozens of other states. Books are sent to prisoners in the state of Wisconsin free of charge. Marsha is proud that the bookstore has survived the changes in the industry including the rise of big box retail stores, online vendors and e-books, www.rainbowbookstore.org.
In February 2011, the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council selected Marsha to receive their annual Award for Distinguished Service-Elected Official in recognition of her leadership in enacting legislation to protect Madison's street trees during reconstruction projects.
The recession that began in 2008 has affected the city by lowering the value of real estate and reducing revenues from property taxes. With the changes in State government in 2011, the city will face more challenges. Marsha will work to protect public jobs and will work in solidarity with the organizing that needs to take place to maintain quality public services, defend the democractic rights of residents, and use our resources to leverage sustainable economic development, living wage jobs and social services for those in need.