MADISON, Wis. -- Former Democratic state Rep. Mandela Barnes, of Milwaukee, has officially launched his campaign for lieutenant governor.
Barnes on Wednesday issued a statement saying he is running as a champion of education access, economic possibilities and environmental protection. He says to right the wrongs of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration economic opportunity must be spread across the state.
The 31-year-old Barnes is being challenged by Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober, a political newcomer. The winner of the August primary will be paired with the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
They will then advance to take on Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in November.
Barnes served in the state Assembly from 2013 until 2017. He ran for state Senate in 2016 but was defeated in the primary by incumbent Sen. Lena Taylor.