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Candidate for Milwaukee City Attorney says he tested positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 18:22:35-04

MILWAUKEE — Tearman Spencer, a candidate for Milwaukee City Attorney, says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Spencer shared the news on Facebook as he applauded Governor Tony Evers for signing an executive order Monday in an effort to delay the spring primary election. That decision has since been overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Spencer is the first spring primary candidate to test positive for the virus. In his Facebook post, Spencer had this to say, "COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the African American community, and bold action is needed to prevent the further spread of this pandemic."

Spencer joins Municipal Court Judge Derek Mosley and State Representative David Bowen on the list of state officials diagnosed with COVID-19.

Following his initial announcement, Spencer took to Facebook again and shared this statement:

Thank you for the many well wishes, but I shared my condition because of the seriousness of it's nature. I hope that I can impress upon you how important it is to comply with the distance recommendations and how important it is to stay in if it’s not a necessity to be out. It's real and it's nothing to take a chance on. When I fully recover, I want to be able to talk to you and not about you; so please be safe. Take care of yourself.

-- Tearman Spencer

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