Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes Joins Crowded Democratic Field for US Senate | Local government
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Tuesday announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Ron Johnson, adding another name to a crowded Democratic field.
Barnes, 34, is Wisconsin’s first black lieutenant governor and, if elected, he would become the state’s first black US senator.
“Hard-working families deserve every opportunity, but politicians like Sen. Ron Johnson are breaking their promises,” Barnes said in a tweet announcing his candidacy. “Instead of changing our dreams, we need to change the game. Join us.”
Barnes joins an already crowded group of Democratic candidates vying for the seat currently held by Johnson, which ended June with around $ 1.7 million in campaign funds, although he has yet to officially announce whether he would run for another term or not.
Barnes said he would not accept donations from corporate political action committees to fund his campaign.
Other Democratic candidates vying for the seat include Wausau radiologist Dr Gillian Battino, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, State Senator Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry , who is currently on leave to campaign, Franklin business owner Adam Murphy, Outagamy County Director Tom Nelson, and Democratic Party activist Peter Peckarsky.
Lasry, the billionaire’s son, has proven to be the most adept fundraiser among Democratic primary contenders so far. He raised over $ 1 million in the second quarter of the year without using his own funds, which is over $ 2 million raised so far during the campaign.