Former state Rep. Barnes running for lieutenant governor

Wisconsin state Capitol (WLUK/Courtney Ryan)

MADISON (AP) -- Former Democratic state Rep. Mandela Barnes, of Milwaukee, has officially launched his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The 31-year-old Barnes on Wednesday said he is running as a champion of education access, economic possibilities and environmental protection.

Other Democrats registered to run are Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober, Rob Slamka and William Henry Davis III. 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.

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman says after being rejected by voters, Barnes will have a hard time convincing voters to support him.

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