Meet the 2016 Wisconsin Working Families Party candidates!

Meet the first crop of Wisconsin Working Families Party candidates! We’re going to work hard to elect these champions for working families into office. If you want to help these candidates win, please let us know here. You can also donate to help elect these candidates here.

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Milwaukee County Executive

Chris LarsonChrisLarson

Chris Larson lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood with his lovely wife, Jessica, their kids, Atticus and Stella. In 2008, he successfully ran for Milwaukee County Supervisor on a platform of adequately investing in our shared parks and transit system. Larson pushed against the establishment and was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate on November 2, 2010 after defeating an incumbent from his own party. He was (and remains) the youngest current state senator. Just two years later, he was selected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Democratic Leader for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session.

In his time in the senate, Larson has fought against the historic cuts to education, unprecedented expansion of unaccountable voucher schools, and the increased borrowing and spending by Scott Walker and the Republicans in power. Larson is in favor of a $15 minimum wage. He has supported the requirement of a racial impact statement to be attached to all budgetary legislation. Larson also publicly supports the Black Lives Matter movement and pledges to fight for racial justice and equality.

If elected Milwaukee County Executive, Chris Larson has pledged to fight tirelessly for working families. Larson will work to fight income inequality and ensure that living wage jobs are created when public money is spent on economic development in Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee Aldermen and Alderwomen

Chantia Lewis, 9th DistrictChantia headshot

Chantia born and raised in Milwaukee has lived in District 9 for over ten years and is a small business owner, mother, wife, and veteran of the United States Air Force. She is dedicated to progress and helping others achieve their goals. For three years, Chantia has been a board member for 9to5 Wisconsin, an organization that fights for social justice, and has recently been appointed to 9to5 national board.

She has worked on campaigns advocating for paid sick days and expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act. Chantia is committed to helping teens and young adults realize their potential. For over five years, she has worked as a youth and adult trainer with her nonprofit organization One Step At a Time, better known as OSAT, to help these individuals develop the necessary skills to not only survive in the current job market but to thrive as well. She is driven by her dedication to ensuring that each person has an opportunity to make a better life for themselves. She was recently ordained as a minister and is a leader at her church.

Chantia will be an advocate for Milwaukee. She will work to make Milwaukee a more lucrative place for businesses, a more lively place for its citizens, and a safer place for its residents. She believes that Milwaukee should be a place that creates opportunity not one that smothers it. For too long, she has watched her community become a desolate shell of what it used to be. She wants to breathe new life into it and not only restore it to what it was but make it better than what it was.

Justin Bielinski, 8th District12765521_10103191463902818_984862648_o

Born is West Allis and a resident of the 8th District since 2007, Justin has deep family roots on Milwaukee’s south side. He is a regular at neighborhood meetings and events, and has volunteered his time to community service, social justice, and political organizing efforts.

As a former low-wage worker and union member, Justin will be a champion for working families on the Common Council. He believes in a sustainable economic development strategy, one that is inclusive and provides benefits for all Milwaukee residents.

Tony Zielinski, 14th District

Tony Zielinski is a proven fighter for the working class in Milwaukee. He has never backed down from standing up for unions and working people’s rights.IMG_0035

Fourteenth District Alderman Tony Zielinski was first elected supervisor of Milwaukee County’s 12th District in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992, 1996, and 2000. He served as chair of the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee and as a member of the Personnel Committee.

Tony also served on the Common Council as Alderman of the 14th District in April 2004, was re-elected in April 2008 with 84% of the vote, and most recently was re-elected in April 2012. He chaired the city’s Licenses Committee and sits on the Community and Economic Development Committee, as well as the Steering and Rules Committee. Tony is active in many community groups in the 14th District, the Inter-Organization Council of Bay View Incorporated, the Bay View Historical Society, the South Side Business Club, Kinnickinnic Avenue Business Improvement District, Bay View Neighborhood Association, Ohio Park Neighborhood Association, as well as other organizations.

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Sequanna Taylor, 2nd DistrictSequannaTaylor

Sequanna Taylor is a native of Milwaukee, WI, proud mother of four, and a strong advocate for the rights of residents. Sequanna Taylor has true passion for her community. With several years of experience working for and with the community in Milwaukee, she is elated to have the opportunity to relentlessly work in as of your 2nd District Milwaukee County Supervisor.

Sequanna is running for the Milwaukee County Board Supervisor of District 2 seat because, the city, county and its residents are important to her. She believes that the county can continue to do great work and make effective changes in the community.

Marcelia Nicholson, 5th DistrictMarceliaNicholson

Marcelia was born and raised in one of the poorest zip codes in Milwaukee, WI. She is a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools, graduated from Milwaukee School of Languages and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Marcelia has done work as a community and union activist, has organized family centered events in the community, and currently teaches 4th grade at Milwaukee Public Schools. Marcelia believes all children should have access to a well rounded public education with access to the tools needed to succeed. Marcelia actively works with the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association to rally community and political support for public education and workers rights. She has spoken at countless board hearings and committee meetings on behalf of youth and workers rights, joined Labor Unions at rallies, strikes and protests, shown support for the Black Lives Matter Movement and the Fight for $15.

Marcelia has a fundamental belief that all residents deserve a great quality of life that should not be limited to background or the zip code lived in. Her passion and commitment to the city of Milwaukee includes a vision where all families flourish and their right to self-determination is insuppressible.

Martha De La Rosa, 18th District

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Martha De La Rosa is a working mother, a fighter and a long-time resident of the City of Milwaukee. Over the past 15 years, she has fought on the front lines to enhance the lives of children, families and community through economic and social justice.

Martha leads all chapter organizing, issue campaigns and membership-building activities as the state director with 9to5 Wisconsin, one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the Unites States dedicated to putting working women issues on the public agenda such as: pay equity, access to affordable child care and adequate paid sick time and leave policies within the workplace.

Currently, Martha serves as a board member on the City of Milwaukee Ethics Board, Wisconsin Working Families Party and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Milwaukee Branch. She is also a national board member with Family Values at Work, a network of 21 state and local coalitions helping spur the growing movement for family-friendly workplace policies.

Jason Haas, 14th Districthaas-headshot

Jason Haas was elected in 2011 on the pledge to bring Clean Parks, Better Transit, Community Safety to Milwaukee County. He fought to provide a living wage for county workers, and voted for express bus routes that get thousands of people get to  jobs every day. He is a self-proclaimed champion of Milwaukee’s parks, from beer gardens to the tot lots, and has voted for millions of dollars of improvements to the County Parks so that everyone can enjoy a healthy, clean, and safe park, no matter what side of town they’re in.

 

Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., 1st District

Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. was elected Milwaukee County Board Chairman on July 30, 2015.theo

He was first elected 1st District Supervisor in a very unique write-in election in 2008. He is serving his second four-year term after being re-elected on April 3, 2012. The 1st District includes all of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills and a portion of the Northeast side of Milwaukee.

Prior to becoming Chairman, Lipscomb served as Co-Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee and also served on every standing committee of the County Board at some point over the previous seven years. He also serves on the board of the Milwaukee Public Library, the Milwaukee County Research Park Corporation and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

Supervisor Lipscomb brings his many years of experience on housing and economic development issues to the County Board. Outside of his County Board duties, he maintains part-time involvement in real estate, which helps to ensure that he is up-to-date on current events and trends in the industry.

 

John F. Weishan, Jr. , 16th DistrictJohn+Weishan

John F. Weishan, Jr. was elected County Supervisor in April of 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Supervisor Weishan is currently the Vice Chair of Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committee and serves as a member of the Judiciary, Safety and General Services Committee andHealth and Human Needs Committee. In addition, he also serves as a Commissioner for the Southeastern Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPAC).

Milwaukee Common Council

Chevy Johnson, 2nd DistrictChevyJohnson

Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson is running for Alderman because he believes in Milwaukee. Through his work, Chevy has been committed to serving Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, residents, and it’s future.

Chevy’s commitment to his district and city began at an early age. At 14 years old, he was selected by the YMCA to participate in a pre-college program for low-income MPS students. That very same program, Sponsor-A-Scholar, solidified Chevy’s life commitment to community service and making Milwaukee better for future generations.

Chevy attended UW-Madison and returned home to work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB). While there, Chevy worked with at-risk youth, youth entering the workforce for the first time, and adults retooling to enter the workforce for the last time. Chevy has also served on boards at the Milwaukee YMCA, ACLU, and Milwaukee Community Brainstorming. Most recently, Chevy served the community through the Mayor’s Office, where he worked diligently with community and faith leaders to find creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s most pressing issues facing families from all walks of life. Service has been the hallmark of Chevy‘s life and that’s why he’s running for Alderman in Milwaukee’s Second District.

 

Khalif Rainey, 7th DistrictKhalifRainey

Khalif Rainey is a native son of Milwaukee, WI; with roots deep in the heart of the city. Born and raised in Milwaukee’s 53206 zip code; Khalif has personally endured many of the social ills that the community and our nation seek to remedy to this day.

Outlasting his adversity, Khalif attended Milwaukee Public Schools and graduated from Riverside University High School.  As a senior in high school, Khalif received a scholarship from philanthropist Jack Rosenberg of Milwaukee, WI to attend college an opportunity if not received would have prevented Khalif from attending school. The only stipulation of the scholarship was that Khalif give back to underserved populations within Milwaukee.

A man of his word; Khalif returned to Milwaukee after earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs to begin his career of service. Khalif knows this community, works in this community, serves and volunteers in this community.  Khalif has applied his education and training as a staffer for the local District Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore. For nearly a decade Khalif addressed quality of life issues concerning housing, senior care, transportation, economic development, veterans, environment, taxes, energy and youth. 

For the past three years Khalif has made significant inroads as a policy maker, and a servant leader while serving as a Milwaukee County Supervisor for District 2.