JoCasta Zamarripa

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JoCasta Zamarripa
Jocasta Zamarripa.jpg
Wisconsin State Assembly District 8
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,943/year
Per diem$88/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSt. Joan Antida
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005)
Personal
Birthday03/08/1976
Place of birthMilwaukee, WI
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
JoCasta Zamarripa is a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8. She was first elected in 2010 and has served as State Assembly Minority Caucus Vice Chair since 2013.[1]

Zamarripa is a graduate of St. Joan Antida and the UW- Milwaukee. Before being elected, she worked as an educator and Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zamarripa served on the following committees:

Wisconsin Committee Assignments, 2013
Campaigns and Elections
Corrections
Jobs, Economy and Mining
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Rules
State Affairs

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zamarripa served on these committees:

Issues

2012

Campaign themes

Zamarripa lists the following issues as campaign priorities on her official campaign website:[2]

  • Bipartisanship

Excerpt: "This past November, I passed my first bill and I am very proud to be able to say that it was a bipartisan effort. Senate Bill 259 (SB 259), that creates the office of Milwaukee County Comptroller, was signed into law as 2011 Wisconsin Act 62 on November 11, 2011."

  • Budgeting & Finance

Excerpt: "We need a budget process that is more open and honest than we’ve seen in the past. I know that in tough economic times, tough decision must be made. However, we cannot balance budgets off the backs of working families. I will continue to push for budgets that truly 'share the sacrifice'."

  • Crime Prevention

Excerpt: "As the State Representative of the 8th District, I will continue to work with the Milwaukee Police Department to make sure that they have the resources they need to keep our community safe. I would also like to outline clear expectations for these resources and hold the Department accountable for meeting community expectations."

  • Health Care

"Excerpt: "Wisconsin used to lead the nation in access to quality affordable health care. As a candidate for the Assembly in 2010, I strongly supported programs such as BadgerCare and SeniorCare."

  • K-12 Education & Higher Education

Excerpt: "I will work to make sure that tax dollars for education are used wisely and that any school receiving public dollars, whether it be MPS or a voucher/choice school, is meeting expectations and is held accountable; I will continue to push for more funding for our universities and technical colleges."

  • Redistricting Issues

Excerpt: "There must be a public voice in any redistricting process and that partisan politics must be taken out of the process."

Elections

2012

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012

Zamarripa won re-election in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 8. Zamarripa defeated Laura Manriquez in the Democratic primary on August 14[3] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoCasta Zamarripa Incumbent 98.3% 7,869
     - Scattering 1.7% 139
Total Votes 8,008


Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoCasta Zamarripa Incumbent 66.7% 599
Laura Manriquez 33.3% 299
Total Votes 898

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Zamarripa defeated Independent Ramona Rivas in the November 2 general election. Zamarripa was opposed in the primary election by Laura Manriquez and Angel Sanchez. [5]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png JoCasta Zamarripa (D) 4,287
Ramona Rivas (I) 678
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 8 Democratic primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png JoCasta Zamarripa (D) 755 52.43%
Angel Sanchez (D) 443 30.76%
Laura Manriquez (D) 238 16.53%

Campaign themes

Zamarripa lists her top priorities as:

  • "Investing in our youth through education.
  • Making our community safer by decreasing crime
  • Providing property tax relief to home owners"
  • ...strong leadership to protect and bring jobs to Milwaukee"

Campaign donors

In Wisconsin, there is a $500 campaign contribution limit for donations to partisan Assembly candidates.[6]

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, when Zamarripa first won election to the State Assembly, she collected $22,567 in donations.[7]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Jocasta Zamarripa $696
Wisconsin Federation of Teachers $500
Teaching Assistants Association $500
Kris Wisnefske for Wisconsin $500
Service Employees Local 150 $500
MILW Co Labor Cope $500
Federation of Teachers Local 212 $500
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals $500
Milwaukee Teachers Education Association $500
Wisconsin Education Association $500
DC 48 People Fund Committee $500
Progressive Majority $500
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin $500
Service Employees Wisconsin State Council $500
6 individual donors $500 each

Personal

Zamarripa is not married.

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Wisconsin State Assembly District 8
2011–present
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