Former Milwaukee State Representative Mandela Barnes today announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
“I’m running for Lieutenant Governor because every Wisconsin family deserves the essentials of opportunity: education access, economic possibilities, and environmental protection,” Barnes said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “In a time of peak disappointment marked by income inequality reaching its highest point since the great depression, nation-leading middle class decline, and bottom-of-the-list new business start-up growth, it’s time for new leadership.”
Barnes said he would not endorse anyone in the crowded Democratic field of candidates for governor. Whoever wins the lieutenant governor primary is paired with the winner of the primary for governor as a ticket in the general election.
Barnes fielded an unsuccessful challenge to State Senator Lena Taylor in a primary last year. He currently works as the Deputy Director of Strategic Engagement for The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a national resource and strategy center that supports state legislators in advancing and defending progressive policies across the country.