Wisconsin State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) has officially joined the race for City of Milwaukee mayor.
“I had to follow my heart, plain and simple. I love the city and have worked my entire life to make it better,” Taylor said in a statement. “I see the promise and the pain of Milwaukee. I see a pathway to the city we can become, and I am unafraid to think boldly, and work with others to get us there”.
Taylor, who is also an attorney, former public defender, and owner of Taylor & Associates Law Office, officially suspended her campaign for Lt. Governor on Dec. 23. Taylor brings an 18-year record of legislation, budget experience as a former co-chair and longtime member of the state’s Joint Finance Committee, and policy initiatives that have been both transformative and innovative, according to a press release announcing her mayoral campaign.
“I have watched us be afraid of change and of one another,” Taylor said. “We need leadership that sees all of us, works hard for all of us, and comes to the table with the prerequisite skills to get the job done. Yes, I’m in.”
In 2020, Taylor ran for Mayor of Milwaukee losing to Tom Barrett, who recently resigned to assume his role as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.
A primary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15. The general election is Tuesday, April 5.