John Imes is Executive Director of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 1996. As an elected Board Trustee for the Village of Shorewood Hills since 2012, John also serves as Village President Pro Tem, Finance Committee Chair and is a member of the Plan Commission and Joint Campus Area Committee. John is also Chair of the Village planning process for the Garden Homes Neighborhood and previously served as Chair of the Personnel Committee for 7 years.
Among many initiatives over two decades, John was on the team that successfully transformed the landmark Garver Feed Mill behind Olbrich Gardens into a model for regional and local food production. John also developed Monroe Street Green and works with UW Badger Volunteers on “green urbanism” and “green infrastructure” projects. Other initiatives include Green Built affordable housing projects, Zero Waste in the Park, and Clean Clear Water strategies to protect our lakes and reduce flooding.
John has been a speaker at numerous Madison events and blogs about the clean economy. His recent guest columns include “Making the Economy Work for All” and the “Green New Deal, Wisconsin’s Call to Action”. John also volunteers for many state and local candidates and has traveled the state to help Democrats. John was also a member of the Obama Energy & Environment (E&E) Policy Team and circulated petitions and canvassed locally for the MadTown O’s.
John and his wife Cathie also own the Arbor House, an award-winning model for sustainable tourism located on Monroe Street. The Imes have four children – Jack, Cora, Ben and Grace. The 26th State Senate District includes the Assembly Districts 76, 77 and 78 that comprise the City of Madison and the Village of Shorewood Hills. The date for the primary election is Tuesday, August 11th .
"Voters want dedicated, experienced and effective leadership to transcend the extreme divisiveness and inaction of today’s state politics and I promise to work diligently to enact the high-road, progressive policies to take better care of our local businesses, workers, families and communities and put people first!"