Sarah Shanahan

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Sarah Shanahan
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Candidate for
Wisconsin State Assembly District 50
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Sarah Shanahan (b. June 20, 1959) was a 2012 and 2010 Democratic candidate for District 50 of the Wisconsin State Assembly.


Shanahan earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has been employed by Clean Wisconsin and REAMP on energy related issues.[1]


Campaign themes


Shanahan's website highlighted the following issues:

  • Energy - Her solutions are to "contribute, Conserve energy through efficiency, Create a marketplace for renewable fuels, and Encourage small scale renewable projects."
  • Education - Wants the state to pay its fair share, local authorities to have more autonomy, ...finding and implementing efficiencies, and wants to encourage more community participation."
  • Govern locally - Shanahan supports measures to "restore an independent DNR Secretary; Make broadband cable eligible or transportation dollars; allow local government more flexibility to accomplish the things they need; and "encourage sustainable development."[2]



See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Shanahan ran in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 50. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and was defeated by incumbent Republican Ed Brooks in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 50, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Brooks Incumbent 50.3% 12,842
     Democratic Sarah Shanahan 46.8% 11,945
     Libertarian Ben Olson 2.8% 725
     Independent Nathan Johnson (Write-in) 0% 11
     - Scattering 0% 10
Total Votes 25,533


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Shanahan was defeated by Republican incumbent Ed Brooks in the November 2 general election. Also defeated was Libertarian Ben Olson, III. She was unopposed in the primary election.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 50 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sarah Ann Shanahan (D) 1,328 100%

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