Milwaukee alderwoman launches Senate bid

Milwaukee alderwoman launches Senate bid
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Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis (D) on Wednesday threw her hat into Wisconsin’s crowded 2022 Senate race.

Lewis said in a statement that she is running in next year's midterm elections to represent people who are “not being represented” by Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Trump urged DOJ officials to call election corrupt 'and leave the rest to me' Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism MORE (R-Wis.).

“I understand the need to have a voice in the U.S. Senate that speaks for regular people who are not being represented by Ron Johnson right now,” she said. 

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"I’m running on behalf of every working-class person in Wisconsin, every parent raising their children through a pandemic and every veteran who is struggling. There’s a whole lot of people who are feeling a whole lot of hurt, and I am in this race for them,” she continued.

Lewis is the latest Democrat to join the busy field seeking to replace Johnson, who has not yet said if he is running for reelection. She launches her bid a day after Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) jumped into the race, becoming one of the more high-profile candidates so far.

Other Democratic candidates include state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson. 

Lewis was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2016, representing the city’s 9th District, according to her official biography. She served as a member of the Air Force and is currently a minister.

“Wisconsin can do better than Ron Johnson. 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,” she said in a campaign video.

Both parties are eyeing Johnson’s seat as crucial to control of the Senate next year. Johnson has not said whether he’ll seek a third term, though former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE has encouraged the Republican to run.

No other Republicans have formally launched bids in the race, but Wisconsin Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms Biden, Democrats' lack of urgency towards China poses significant threat to America's security MORE, former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyRon Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms Milwaukee alderwoman launches Senate bid Wisconsin Rep. Gallagher raises nearly 5K amid Senate speculation MORE and former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch have been floated as possible contenders.