from the email inbox: following the announcement from State Senator Fred Risser that he is retiring…the first hat in the ring for his seat comes from State Representative Kelda Roys!

I’m thrilled to share the big news that I’m running for State Senate in Wisconsin’s District 26! Sen. Fred Risser is retiring after decades of public service, and his seat is now open. I am currently the only declared candidate in the race, but I’m hitting the ground running in preparation for an August 11 primary election.   

This seat is critical to building a Democratic majority in the State Senate. Our district is one of the most politically active and engaged in the state. We need a senator who will do more than vote blue on issues — we deserve a leader who will work tirelessly to help elect other Democrats around the state and advocate for progressive values. 

In the midst of this global pandemic, the moral and economic necessity of healthcare for all, paid leave, student debt relief, and fair wages is even more urgent. We face a rapidly warming planet, right-wing assaults on our freedom, attacks on public education, and persistent and systemic racial injustice. Each of these problems are made worse because of the corruption in our political system, corruption that allows billionaires and big corporations to bend our government to their will, at our literal expense. I fought these battles as a legislative leader in the assembly, and I’ll do so in the Senate.

Yet despite these significant challenges, I am filled with hope about what we will do together, because our future depends on it. During this pandemic, we’ve seen thousands of people in our community risk themselves every day to help others get groceries, access health services, or care for children. Our community is strong because we care for each other, and because we work together. As your next state senator, I pledge to do all I can to advance progressive Democratic values, build a strong Democratic majority, and solve our challenges together.

Since we are staying #SaferAtHome, we need you more than ever. We need your generous donations, virtual phone banking and texting, and spreading the word to friends and neighbors. I’m so glad to be in this campaign with you. Let’s get to work!

Forward —

Kelda 

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