Anne Monks

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Anne Monks is a Wisconsin activist.

Soglin hires

In 2011 Madison Mayor Paul Soglin continues to make smart picks for his administration. His selections several weeks ago of Anne Monks to serve as liaison on planning, development and transportation and Sally Miley to serve as liaison on finance, IT, human resources and the library brought two experienced hands back into key city government roles.[1]

Socialist network

While working in 1978–80 as a community planner in the City of Madison Plan Department, Anne Monks completed her master’s degree from the School of Business of the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Professor James Graaskamp. During that time, Anne met Lynn Haanen and they became fast friends, developed a personal relationship—a partnership followed by a life-long friendship.

As a resident of the neighborhood, Anne helped establish the Langdon Area Neighborhood Association, was an organizer of the Madison Mutual Housing Association, and served on the board of the Madison Community Development Corporation. She was elected alder of the Eighth District in November 1980 in a special election, and elected again the following April. During her nearly three-term tenure she served on the Board of Estimates and as Council President for a year. She pushed to get the Langdon area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. She left in mid-1986, when she took a job in Washington, D.C. [2]

Haanen support

During Lynn Haanen’s time at 123, she hosted San Francisco gay rights activist Harry Britt, and worked in constituent relations in Gov. Tony Earl’s office and met Earl Bricker and Tammy Baldwin. Lynn also hosted myriad campaign efforts, including her own and those of David Clarenbach, Robert Kastenmeier, Eighth District Alder Anne Monks, Governor Tony Earl’s re-election, and Tammy Baldwin’s first run for Dane County Board supervisor. Political meetings and discussions were often held throughout the house, frequently in the “bull pen,” the living room where ideas became campaign strategies, according to Clarenbach.[3]

Madison DSA

In 1983 Anne Monks, District 8 Alderwoman was a member of Madison Democratic Socialists of America.[4]

DSA victories

The spring municipal elections have not made Madison socialist, but it did bring in some new DSA members, including alderwoman Nicole Gotthelf and Anne Monks and former alderwoman Kathy Kuester.

Seven of the candidates endorsed by MDSPAC (Madison Democratic Socialist Political Action Committee) were elected. [5]