Sen. Chris Larson All In For MKE County Executive Race

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that State Senator Chris Larson (D – Milwaukee) is running for Milwaukee County Executive. This will be Sen. Larson’s second attempt having lost to incumbent Chris Abele in 2016. County Executive Abele is not running for re-election in 2020.

State Sen. Chris Larson on Tuesday filed papers to run, making him the fourth person to file.

Larson joins State Rep. David Crowley, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy and Peggy M.M. Wittman, a clerical specialist in the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court, in contending for the spot.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, Larson said the next county executive will face significant challenges and the county needs “a leader with a clear vision for the future, a track record of getting things done, and someone who will champion Milwaukee’s working families.” 

He said filing allows him to explore a run “on a deeper level.”

“If I run, the campaign won’t be about just winning the election — it will be about building a county-wide coalition united by a long-term vision for our parks, transit, and quality of life. That starts with today’s filing,” he said.

This is going to be a very interesting and very intense horse race…particularly with the expectation of one more entry:

Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb Sr., said Tuesday that he is not running again for County Board. A source said he will announce on Wednesday that he’s entering the county executive race.

And there is a chance to change the balance and dynamic in the board as well given Board Chair Lipscomb’s decision and Board Member Marina Dimitrijevic running for Milwaukee Common Council to replace Alderman Tony Zielinski, who is running for mayor.

It will prove to be a festive campaign season in Milwaukee County!


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