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State Supreme Court
JoAnne Kloppenburg
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JoAnne Kloppenburg is running for Supreme Court to fight for a judiciary that is non-partisan, independent and free from special interests.

At a time when special interest dominance is eroding public confidence in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, it is critically important that we elect a judge who makes independent judgments based on the merits of each case. The specter of Supreme Court judges failing to recuse themselves from cases involving parties who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their behalf has sullied the reputation of Wisconsin’s highest court.

JoAnne Kloppenburg is the only candidate who won't surrender our courts to outside special interests and partisan politics.

For more than 25 years JoAnne Kloppenburg has served the people of Wisconsin as an assistant attorney general and now as a Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, making her the most qualified candidate. 

Click here for a downloadable flyer comparing JoAnne Kloppenburg with Rebecca Bradley on 3 key issues

Milwaukee County Executive
Chris Larson
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Citizen Action strongly recommends Chris Larson over incumbent County Executive Chris Abele based on their starkly different positions on two of the most important issues facing Milwaukee County: flagging economic opportunity and funding for high quality public education.

“On the critical issues of economic opportunity and public education, incumbent Chris Abele’s positions and his close ties to special interests looking to skim public dollars for private profit are hard to distinguish from the disastrous policies of Scott Walker,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “On the other hand, Chris Larson articulates a progressive vision for building a local economy that benefits everyone, not just the connected few, and for investing in a world class education system for every child, not just those who can afford exclusive private schools.”

Read more about why Citizen Action endorses Chris Larson.

Milwaukee Mayor
Tom Barrett
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As Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett has created, attracted and saved jobs, solved a budget crisis and worked to get the economy on track. Mayor Barrett has been a leader in the battle to get illegal guns off the street. And recently, Mayor Barrett played a leadership role in helping Milwaukee greatly exceed the nation in enrollment on the federal  healthcare marketplace in 2016.

Mayor Barrett continues to push Milwaukee to be a leader in increasing recycling and moving Milwaukee towards greater energy efficiency while ensuring these new jobs pay a living wage.

Milwaukee County Board

District 4
Marcelia Nicholson
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Marcelia was born and raised in Milwaukee and is a proud product of Milwaukee Public Schools. Marcelia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and teaches 4th grade in Milwaukee Public Schools. She believes that all children should have access to a first class public education. As a public school teacher, she sees firsthand how county policies affect children and their families.

Marcelia will be a strong supporter of public education and workers’ rights.

District 18
Martha De La Rosa
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Martha is a working mother, fighter and long-time resident of the City of Milwaukee. Martha has fought on the front lines for more than 15 years to enhance the lives of children, families and their communities through economic and social justice work. Currently, Martha is the executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now and serves as a board member on several boards dedicated to these causes, including the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP. 

In 2013, Martha was awarded "Grassroots Activist of the Year" by Citizen Action of Wisconsin for her work with community leaders and local workers to introduce and pass a living wage ordinance for low wage workers in Milwaukee county.

Milwaukee City Council

District 2
Cavalier "Chevy" Johnson
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Chevy Johnson has 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. Community service has been the hallmark of Chevy‘s life and that’s why he’s running for Alderman in Milwaukee’s Second District.

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.

District 4
Bob Bauman
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Bob Bauman is a rare elected official whose many years of experience are a testament to his ability to get things done for Milwaukee's working families. Bauman has fought for expanded public transit and the creation of good jobs.

Alderman Bauman was first elected in April 2004 after a 27-year career as an attorney and businessman. Alderman Bauman received his B.A., cum laude, from Marquette University in 1974 and his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1977.

District 7
Khalif Rainey
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As an elected County Board member, Khalif Rainey has delivered on living wage and racial justice. He's led the fights when it mattered. That's why we're proud to endorse Khalif Rainey.

Khalif Rainey is a native of Milwaukee, WI; with roots deep in the heart of the city. Khalif attended Milwaukee Public Schools and graduated from Riverside University High School. 

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 as a staffer for the local District Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore.

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

District 8
Justin Bielinski
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Justin Bielinski is running for office with a background as an educator and activist. Justin will bring new leadership to City Hall focused on issues that matter to working people. Justin is challenging a conservative incumbent, Bob Donovan.

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.

Born in West Allis and a resident of the 8th District since 2007, Justin has deep family roots on Milwaukee’s south side. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is a proud product of Wisconsin’s public school system. He has spent the past 15 years of his professional life working with youth in a variety of settings, including direct-care mental health, adolescent group therapy, and most recently as an Educational Assistant at Zablocki School, a part of MPS

He is a regular at neighborhood meetings and events, and has volunteered his time to community service, social justice, and political organizing efforts.

District 9
Chantia Lewis
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Chantia Lewis is running to bring issues-oriented leadership to City Hall rooted in her background fighting for working class and poor people. Chantia is challenging an incumbent, Robert Puente.

Chantia was born and raised in Milwaukee and is a small business owner, mother, wife, and veteran of the United States Air Force. 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. For over five years, she has worked as a youth and adult trainer with her nonprofit organization, One Step At a Time, 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.

District 12
José Perez
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José Perez brought his background in labor, community and political organizing to the Common Council four years ago and in his first term demonstrated that a leader from our movements on the inside of government makes a real difference for winning real change.

He is vice chair of the Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee and serves on the Finance and Personnel Committee

José is a lifelong Milwaukee resident. He grew up on Milwaukee’s near south side and attended Milwaukee Public Schools. He then received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cardinal Stritch University, and has taken coursework towards his master’s degree in urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Throughout José’s career, he has held several key roles fighting for Wisconsin families, promoting business and building stronger communities. He worked as a national field representative for the AFL-CIO and later as an economic development specialist for the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development. José Pérez also served as the executive director for Milwaukee Inner-city of Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), an organization committed to addressing social justice and change within the community.

District 14
Tony Zielinski
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Tony Zielinski is a proven fighter for the working class in Milwaukee. He has never backed down from standing up for unions and worker rights. That's why we're proud to endorse him for City Council District 14.

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.


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