Hello District 17,


State Representative Supreme Moore Omokunde here with my inaugural newsletter. First, I want to say that it is a distinct honor and privilege to represent Milwaukee, and specifically YOU, the constituents of the 17th District. This e-newsletter will be a great way to keep up with all of the things going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison that impact our district.


I serve on 4 committees here in Madison: Energy and Utilities, Mental Health, Regulatory Licensing Reform and Transportation. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so my office is hyper-focused on addressing Mental Health legislation and events this month. Please join me and special guests for a virtual panel on Black Mental Wellness I am hosting on Thursday, May 27th at 6:00pm (more details below).


May has been an especially busy month for the Joint Finance Committee. Even though I personally do not serve on that committee, I have intently paid attention to proceedings to ensure that the issues District 17 cares most about are promptly funded in the Governor’s 2021-23 budget. See below for an update on the Governor’s budget proposal as it moves through the legislature. 


Lastly, even with the CDC recently lifting many COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated folks, I am asking our District to make sure we continue to wear masks when appropriate. If you have not yet received the free COVID-19 vaccine and are interested in receiving it, please see below for resources.








Supreme Moore Omokunde

State Representative




May is National Mental Health Awareness month. To celebrate, I am hosting “Ya Need Therapy!” - a virtual panel discussion on Black Mental Wellness. The event takes place on Thursday, May 27th at 6:00pm – Register Today at the following link: Meeting Registration - Zoom

Or watch on Facebook Live: State Representative Supreme Moore Omokunde - Verified Page | Facebook


Here is a brief introduction to our guests:

Kenneth Ginlack, Sr.: Mr. Kenneth Ginlack Sr. has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and holds the following licensures in the state of Wisconsin; Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS). He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Kenneth Ginlack Sr. Consulting and Training Center located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. In March 2020, Mr. Ginlack Sr. started "Real Men Having Real Conversations: Use Your Past as a Stepping Stone to Walk into Greatness" in conjunction with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Learn more about Mr. Ginlack Sr. here: Kenneth Ginlack Sr. Consulting and Training Center For Substance Abuse Counseling (kgsctc.com)


Marrika Rodgers: Ms. Marrika Rodgers is a Holistic Practitioner and Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. Via her “Living Well with Marrika” website, she provides the following services: 1:1 & Group Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle Consultations, Weekly Customized Meals and more. Her life’s work has coined her as a holistic practitioner, wealth pioneer, and business innovator. She has been serving communities for over 20yrs through various capacities, a true innovator of her generation. As a mental health clinician/business consultant, she is known for empowering others by providing effective tools with tangible results. Learn more about Ms. Rodgers here:  MARRIKA RODGERS - Home


Jeremy Triblett: Mr. Jeremy Triblett began his work in diversity, equity, and inclusion with Marquette University after developing The Microaggression Game Training that uses scenario-based learning to help participants understand how marginalized people might interpret, internalize and react to daily subtle slights and insults. The Milwaukee County Executive Office later commissioned him to plan and facilitate the first enterprise-level strategic planning effort in 20 years around a vision of achieving racial equity to become the healthiest county in Wisconsin. He continues to advance racial equity initiatives as the creator of Serve Wisconsin, Wisconsin's National and Community Service Board's Racial Justice Training Series and Continuous Learning Initiative. Learn more about Mr. Triblett here: Training | Jeremy Triblett


We will also be joined by the delightful Ms. Crystal Hester, MSW from NAMI Wisconsin who will be discussing ways folks can access mental health services across the state!


Rep. Moore Omokunde speaks during a Voces de la Frontera rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol; May 6, 2021

A new legislative session means a new biennial budget for the State of Wisconsin. Governor Evers proposed a necessarily robust budget for 2021-23 that, amongst other things, seeks to do the following: 

Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues in the Wisconsin State Legislature do not agree with Governor Evers about moving Wisconsin forward. Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee introduced Motion 19 earlier this month, which stripped nearly 400 items from the budget, including all of the items above. Additionally, Wisconsin Republicans removed every single item in the budget relating to creating a more equitable Wisconsin for all. 

Personally, I am appalled (but not surprised) that my Republican colleagues care so little about equity and helping folks less fortunate than themselves to self-actualize. That said, it is important that We the People make our voices heard in opposition - as we did at the Voces de la Frontera protest inside the State Capitol on Thursday, May 6th. 

I want to know what YOU think about the Joint Finance Committee budget proceedings - email me at rep.mooreomokunde@legis.wisconsin.gov to share your opinions and concerns.


May is also a big month for college graduation! For our first Constituent Spotlight, we highlight 32 individuals from District 17 that graduated from schools across the UW system during this past winter. Congratulations graduates!  



Javell Allen

Beatrice Elvord

Laura Cantoral

Gavin Robertson

Todd Fischer

Andrew Roberts

Ebony Hayes

Paige Taft

Carrie Anne Lynch


Edward Matthews


Nilijah Moore

Eric Brown

Lisa Moua

Joseph DeBenedetto

Jessica Ori

Jonathon Habel

Makense Short

Daniel Hawkins

Zang Thao


Austin Triplett


Yia Vue

Treyuncia Riley

Charda Ward

Brittany Taylor

Nathan Wegher

Micah Williams

Richard Wilkerson


Alee Yang



Judy Brown


Warren Fletcher

Ariel Stewart

Zarieanna McCoy


District 17 Business Spotlight - coming soon!

We want to spotlight
YOU, the constituents and establishments of the 17th District! To be included in a future newsletter's Constituent and/or Business Spotlight, please reach out to my Legislative Aide, Will Zolecki, at 608-266-5580 or email at will.zolecki@legis.wisconsin.gov 


ATTENTION DISTRICT 17: COVID-19 vaccines are available for *FREE* throughout Milwaukee. You do NOT need to have health insurance or an ID to receive a vaccine. Additionally, it was recently announced by the CDC that children aged 13-17 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Should you choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine, below is a great resource to find out where you can receive your free COVID-19 vaccine: 

https://city.milwaukee.gov/CovidVax - Northwest Health Center, 6431 N. 76th Street


Schedule a vaccine appointment at Walgreens or at Pick n Save when it is convenient for you