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YEOs Mike Richards County Board Member - Champaign, Illinois Council: Expanding Democracy Champaign County Board Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Richards is serving his fourth term. He is director of legislative affairs for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Richards served as political director for Congresswoman-Elect Robin Kelly in her 2010 state treasurer race and has worked with the Illinois General Assembly on a number of bills to make voting easier. This term he is working with Rep. Naomi Jakobsson on legislation to expand early voting and same-day registration. He is also organizing statewide with Progressive Democrats of America to enact HJRCA 2, a progressive state income tax. Richards has previously served as deputy board chairman overseeing the county’s court system and human service agencies and as a county Democratic party leader. In 2011 he served as Democratic representative on the county’s redistricting commission. Daniel Riemer State Representative - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Council: Defending Workers and Families Daniel Riemer was born and raised in Milwaukee. His mother is a Milwaukee Public Schools speech and language pathologist and his father works as a public interest attorney. As a teenager, Riemer worked as a Milwaukee County lifeguard and directed a soccer camp for the MPS summer recreation program. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, working his way through college as a soccer coach, cafe clerk, and house painter. He then enrolled in law school at the University of Wisconsin. Riemer ran for the Wisconsin legislature—representing the hard-working people of the 7th Assembly District— to help make people’s lives better in the same community that gave so much to him. Riemer has always been someone who faces problems, looks for creative answers, and works with other people to put practical solutions in place. He was sworn in in January of 2013, and serves on the health, transportation, ways and means, and international trade committees. Brian Rowland City Councilman - Prairie View, Texas Council: Expanding Democracy Brian Rowland is in his second term as a city councilman in Prairie View, Texas. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Tarleton State University, and a master of community development and a master of business administration from Prairie View A&M University. Currently, he is an educational leadership Ph.D. student. Rowland was an instrumental force in the successful restoration of Prairie View A&M students’ right to vote. He has received the Young Champions of Justice Award from The Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and has been actively involved in the NAACP for the last 18 years. Currently, Rowland is the assistant treasurer for the Texas State Conference for NAACP Branches. He is determined to achieve professional and personal growth as he strives to impact the future of Prairie View and this country. - 25 -