Wayne Strong suspends campaign for Madison school board seat

MADISON, Wis. – Wayne Strong, a former Madison police officer, has suspended his campaign for seat 7 of the Madison School Board.

According to the city clerk’s website, Strong informed the clerk on Thursday that he wanted to suspend his campaign.

His name will remain on the ballot because he already submitted the appropriate paperwork.

This campaign was Strong’s third attempt to be elected to the school board. He ran and lost in 2013 and 2014.

Three days before suspending his campaign, Strong told News 3 Now he decided to run again because he wanted to help close the achievement gap and end the school-to-prison pipeline.

“Kids that aren’t succeeding in our schools are going to end up ultimately in our juvenile justice system and then our criminal justice system,” said Strong. “In terms of education, kids aren’t achieving there, but now we’ve got this huge disparity in terms of arrest rates and incarceration. It leads to a whole host of other social problems that we can fix at the education level.”