In response to the Feb. 15 column, “Pan hot-headed and partisan, politically questionable,” I strongly urge students to vote for Leland Pan for 5th District County Board Supervisor on April 3. Pan is the ideal candidate to represent students. A member of the campus community who has committed himself to student activism and labor advocacy, Pan has carried his passion for social justice from high school to the University of Wisconsin.

Pan has worked hard to keep the UW true to the Wisconsin Idea by fighting tuition increases and the privatization of the UW and for labor rights. His work with the Student Labor Action Coalition has put himself at the front lines of the fight against Gov. Scott Walker’s war on Wisconsin and its workers. Pan understands the connection between critical Dane County social service programs for vulnerable children and adults while expanding the critical needs for affordable housing and tenant rights.

Pan’s work mobilizing people to push for better programs, policies and social justice amid the ugly underbelly of the current political morass has led him to receive the endorsement of AFSCME PEOPLE. Public employees in this union are a core of Pan’s support. We know his good-humored, unrelenting activism is what we need on the Dane County Board.

District 5 covers all the dorms except Ogg and Smith, the State Street area and Eagle Heights. In supporting Leland Pan for County Board Supervisor, students will know they have an exceptional representative working for them. To learn more about Pan’s campaign go to panforpeople.com.

When Pan is elected, we will have one of the most outspoken and intelligent voices representing our issues, indeed representing us on the Dane County Board.

Andy Heidt (afheidt@gmail.com) is a former Madison alder who represented District 9 from 1989-1993 and District 13 from 2004-2005. He is currently the president of AFSCME Local 1871, Dane County Professionals Union.

Editor’s note: Leland Pan served as a volunteer coordinating for Andy Heidt’s campaign for the 48th Assembly District.