JANESVILLE — Democrat Ann Roe announced Friday that she is running for the 44th Wisconsin State Assembly District seat.

Roe, who ran for Congress in 2022 against Rep. Bryan Styeil, made her announcement shortly after current Rep. Sue Conley said she wouldn’t run for re-election.

The new 44th district under Gov. Tony Evers’ maps includes a large portion of the city of Janesville and the surrounding area.

“I am happy to support Ann Roe as candidate for the 44th Assembly District. She has
demonstrated her commitment to our community for many years,” Conley was quoted as saying in a news release from the Roe campaign.

“She is an active listener and experienced communicator, and her work as a nonprofit leader, educator, small business owner, and community advocate provide a well-rounded background to serve her community in the Assembly in Madison,” Conley said.

Former Wis State Rep. Deb Kolste, and former WI State Senator, Tim Cullen, also endorsed Roe.

“I am endorsing Ann Roe for Wisconsin’s 44th District Assembly representative. Ann has proven her commitment to our community throughout her 30 years of living and working in Janesville as a small business owner and teacher. I know she will work hard for every single person and our state when she gets to Madison,” Cullen said.

Roe and her husband, Jonathan, a pediatrician, moved to Janesville over 25 years ago. Their two children attended school in the Janesville School District at Roosevelt, Edison, and Craig.

Roe has taught part-time at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for more than 20 years.

Before that, she was dthe executive director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. She consulted at the School District of Janesville, helping it win a competitive state recognition.

Currently, in addition to owning a small business, Custom College Solutions, she serves on the boards of Downtown Janesville Inc., Janesville Woman’s Club, and the Foundation for the Preservation of 108 S. Jackson.

In addition, she is a member of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Rock County Dean’s Advisory Board, and Janesville Morning Rotary Club.

“As a small business owner, educator, and community volunteer, I have worked with a variety of businesses, families, and students. I know how they struggle, and I celebrate with them when they succeed. It is getting harder and harder to succeed without fair wages, competitive education, and manageable healthcare,” Roe said.

Roe hopes to continue in the footsteps of Conley and Deb Kolste, who served before Conley, to advance legislation in Madison supporting our community and helping community members solve real problems related to education, healthcare, and childcare.

“I am running to fight for the people of the 44th District on these issues, and more, in Madison,” Roe said.