Jennifer Grant Represents Her Community on County Board of Supervisors in Wisconsin
Jennifer Grant works in the Human Resources Department at a hospital four days a week. She has four kids under the age of nine. With that kind of schedule, it’s hard enough to find time for yourself, let alone to represent your community on the county board of supervisors.
That point was certainly lost on Grant, a native of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, who threw her hat in the ring and ran for county board of supervisors in 2012.
“Growing up I wasn’t all that interested in politics. I wasn’t a Young Republican or anything like that in college,” Grant says. “It was 9/11 that was the beginning of the turning point. I began following the news a lot more closely, and then from news websites to blogs. That’s when I began to realize I was more of a conservative republican.”
Grant made her first step into the political world when she attended a Tea Party rally in 2011. It was shortly after the event she realized that, because of redistricting, she was living in a district without an incumbent county supervisor. “I looked at it, and thought ‘Why not me?’” Grant says. “There’s been a decline in this country, and there aren’t enough people willing to step forward and run.” When it looked like no other principled conservatives were standing up, Grant filed papers, gathered the necessary signatures, and got her name on the ballot. A week before the deadline, another candidate filed, and the race was on.