State Representative David Bowen announced Monday that he has entered the race for Lieutenant Governor.
“I’ve thought about this long and hard,” he said at a press conference at the border between the city of Milwaukee’s north side and Village of Shorewood, both of which he represents in the State Assembly. “I’ve wrestled with this decision and the risk that it comes with. It is very clear. The future of our communities depends greatly on what happens in the Wisconsin state Capitol.”
Bowen, 34, joins State Senator Lena Taylor and State Rep. Sara Rodriguez in the Democratic primary to replace Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is running for United States Senate.
Bowen said a number of issues will drive his campaign.
“It is about our core issues affecting Wisconsinites all over the state, the quality of life, clean and safe communities, healthy wildlife, and healthy families,” he said. “It is about a fair economy, but we rebuild the economic ladder where economic mobility is found all over the state of Wisconsin, especially here in the Milwaukee area. It is about defending democracy. It is about making sure that everyone has their right to vote respected and protected.”
Bowen also said joining the ticket to re-elect Governor Tony Evers will be a top priority.
“I am confident with my campaign, we can build a winning coalition, and Governor Evers (can) win the governor’s office again, with voters of our communities, especially urban and suburban, especially black and brown and voters of color, especially young voters and vulnerable voters who deserve to have something to vote for, not just something to vote against,” he said.