Another Democrat has entered the race for Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.
Rebecca Cooke, Eau Claire small business owner, political consultant, nonprofit leader and current board member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, officially announced her campaign on Wednesday morning, vying to become the district’s first congresswoman.
“Growing up, it was a struggle to make ends meet like it is for so many Wisconsin farm families, but we always showed up for neighbors in need,” Cooke said in a statement.
“Those core values of serving others and building community have guided my life, from my own family’s kitchen table to the board room. That drive to bring people together is why I started a small business and founded a nonprofit focused on empowering entrepreneurs right here in western Wisconsin,” she said.
Cooke is an Eau Claire native where she was raised on a dairy farm and began working at an early age and was involved in 4-H and showing cattle and waited tables throughout high school.
She received a degree in marketing and public relations from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, during which her campaign said she was supported by Pell Grants, scholarships and other financial aid.
After school Cooke worked in financing on political campaigns across the U.S., including aiding in electing Democratic California Congressman Raul Ruiz in 2014, according to Bluegold Media in 2016.