The deputy emergency manager for Racine County announced in a press release Monday that he is running for Congress to represent the First Congressional District of Wisconsin, which covers Racine, Kenosha, most of Walworth, and portions of Rock and Milwaukee county.
Lorenzo Santos, who lives in downtown Racine, is a 2013 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and also serves an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve. He is the Chair of the Young Democrats of Wisconsin.
“I’m running because we’ve seen fundamental civil and human rights systematically taken away these past few years and I’m not going to stand by and let that continue to happen”, Santos said in a statement. “I believe in a woman’s right to choose, that in the richest country on earth, anyone that wants healthcare should have it, that voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around, that we should pay workers a fair wage, provide our children with a quality education and keep them safe while they’re getting one. I look forward to talking about these issues and more as I get to meet the people of the 1st District of Wisconsin.”
Santos is running to challenge Republican incumbent Bryan Stiel, currently serving his third term. Stiel was first elected in 2018 to succeed former House Speaker and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
In the announcement release, Santos said his campaign will focus on reproductive rights, healthcare, voting rights, worker’s rights, jobs, manufacturing, education, gun control, public safety and climate change.
Santos will make his official announcement at an event Saturday, August 19th 4 PM – 6 PM at Littleport Brewing Company, 214 Third Street, Racine.
The Santos campaign did not respond to an email seeking additional comment.