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Second-term Milwaukee alderwoman jumps into U.S. Senate race

By: - July 21, 2021 3:32 pm
Ald. Chantia Lewis | Courtesy of Lewis for Senate

Ald. Chantia Lewis | Courtesy of Lewis for Senate

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has not said if he’s likely to run for reelection after saying his current term would be his last — but Democrats are lining up and campaigning against his far-right views and COVID-19 vaccine skepticism. 

Wisconsin can now count Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis, who was first elected to the council in 2016, as another Democrat in the increasingly crowded race of people hoping to replace him. 

Democrats competing in the August 2022 primary include Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Milwaukee Bucks’ executive Alex Lasry (on leave for the campaign), Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, state Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Wausau radiologist Gillian Battino, Milwaukee attorney Peter Peckarsky and software developer Adam Murphy.

On her campaign website, Lewis touts her work on grassroot citizen engagement and highlights her experience “as an elected official, business owner, military veteran and pastor at her local church congregation.” Her Twitter profile reads, “Mom of three, wife, Minister, student, City of Milwaukee Alderwoman. I am many things, but a servant most of all.”

“We need a U.S. Senator who will fight to protect our democracy, fight for working families and value all people. Perhaps, a woman like me, a mom, a vet, a fighter,” said Lewis in her announcement. “I’m fighting for everybody who’s been told they can’t. Those who have been shut out from obtaining the American dream. It’s time for our voices to be heard.”

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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.

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