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Shelia Stubbs, Assembly

911 Called on Black Assembly Candidate While Canvassing

Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs had the cops called on her last month as she was canvassing for an Assembly seat, Cap Times reports.

Law enforcement received a call  on Aug. 7 about a car  in a Madison, Wisconsin neighborhood from someone who suspected a drug deal was taking place.

Stubbs said she was in the area with her 8-year-old daughter and her mother, who was driving the vehicle, introducing herself to people in the area ahead of the Democratic primary for the 77th Assembly District.

“It’s 2018 … It shouldn’t be strange that a black woman’s knocking on your door.  I didn’t do anything to make myself stand out.  I felt like they thought I didn’t belong there,” she told Cap Times.

Stubbs, who won the Democratic primary with 50 percent of the vote, isn’t facing a Republican challenger in the November elections, will  represent the district.

Police notes from the call were released that read:

“FULLY OCCUPIED SILVER 4 DR SEDAN NEWER MODEL – THINKS THEY ARE WAITING FOR DRUGS AT THE LOCAL DRUG HOUSE – WOULD LIKE THEM MOVED ALONG.”

“I belong where I choose to go,” said Stubbs. “You don’t have to like me. You don’t even have to respect me. But I have a right to be places.”

She will be the first African-American to represent Dane County in the state’s legislature, according to Cap Times.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.