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A true believer': Why Mandela Barnes thinks his progressive ideas can win  in purple WisconsinGOVERNOR MANDELA BARNES – Candidate for U.S. Senate

Mandela Barnes comes from a proud union family. He was born in Milwaukee in one of the most impoverished and incarcerated Zip codes in the state. His dad worked 3rd shift at the GM factory and his mom was a Milwaukee school teacher for 30 years. Mandela’s parents taught him the values of hard work, perseverance, and the importance of a good education. Their union jobs were his family’s ticket into the middle class.
That’s a ticket too many people can’t get anymore, no matter how hard they work. 

Frustrated by a lack of action on issues affecting working people and the middle class, Mandela decided to run for office when he was still a young community organizer. He became a Wisconsin State Representative at 27 and stood up to Scott Walker’s anti-union agenda. In 2018, Mandela helped Tony Evers kick Scott Walker out of office. At the age of only 31, he became Wisconsin’s first Black Lt. Governor — and only the second Black elected official statewide.

As Lt. Governor, Mandela has worked closely with Governor Evers to help Wisconsin recover from the pandemic. He also chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change, bringing together a diverse coalition of farmers, environmental advocates, Indigenous leaders, and business executives to produce 55 concrete strategies for how Wisconsin can begin to address the climate crisis.

Wisconsinites deserve better than what they are getting. Sadly, politicians like Senator Ron Johnson are standing in the way of progress. Johnson has turned his back on Wisconsin, delivering for his wealthy donors and peddling wild conspiracy theories and cynical attacks that divide us for political gain. 

While Republicans like Ron Johnson want to pit Wisconsinites against each other on their way to unchecked power, Mandela knows from experience that there is more that unites us than divides us.  He is running for Senate to rebuild the middle class and give everyone a fair shot at the American dream.

In the Senate, Mandela will bring a new perspective to Washington. He’ll fight for opportunity for every child, person, and family in Wisconsin -- regardless of their ZIP code.  

Every single Wisconsinite Abroad has the right and opportunity to cast a ballot for this inspirational candidate fighting for a better future for the state – and the nation.  Let’s do this!

Watch Lt. Governor Barnes' Message for Democrats Abroad!


Tony Evers – WikipediaGOVERNOR TONY EVERS - Wisconsin's last line of defense against the rogue legislature

From his days as a public school science teacher to now as Governor, Tony Evers has worked to bring people together. He cut income taxes by fifteen percent for most families-one of the biggest tax cuts in state history. Evers also directed almost a billion dollars to tens of thousands of small businesses and nearly half of eligible farms to prevent layoffs and create new jobs. Rather than focus on hot-button political issues meant to divide us, Evers will keep working to address the cost of living, get people back to work, and give our kids the education they need to thrive. Governor Tony Evers is doing the right thing for Wisconsin.

With his veto, Governor Evers is the last line of defense against a state legislature gone rogue. In his own words:If I don’t win this election, everything I’ve vetoed will come back and become the law of the land — from guns on school grounds to limiting voting rights.“

If you have indicated that you 'intend to return' on your ballot request, you'll receive the full ballot including statewide and local elections. If so, be sure to cast your vote all the way up and down the ballot and help to to re-elect Governor Evers. Wisconsin needs his service – and so does the country.

Watch Governor Evers' Message for Democrats Abroad!


Brad PfaffBRAD PFAFF – Candidate for U.S. Congress, CD-3

Brad Pfaff is a proud son of northern La Crosse County. He learned the value of hard work, resilience, appreciation for the land, and respect for his community while growing up on his family’s dairy farm.

Brad’s homegrown values inform his service to the people of Wisconsin. Brad currently serves the people of western Wisconsin in the State Senate, where he is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture and Tourism committee.

Before his election to the State Senate, Brad led the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, advocating for farmers’ mental health, increased market opportunities for farmers, and rural prosperity through broadband, healthcare, and education.

Brad has also held senior positions with the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, where he worked for the best interest of family farmers, consumers, rural residents, and communities.

Brad met his wife, Betty, a West Salem native, at a 4-H leadership luncheon in high school. They are the proud parents of two college-aged children.

Brad’s race to represent the 3rd Congressional district in Wisconsin is one of the tightest in the state. Overseas ballots could really make the difference here. Request and return yours TODAY!!