Former State Assemblyman and a candidate for Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes was introduced to the attendees by Coordinator William Crawford during the Four-County Candidate Forum held at Silvercryst in Wautoma on March 22.

Waushara Democrats host Four-County Candidate Forum on March 22

The Waushara County Area Democrats welcomed new members and hosted the monthly Four-County Candidate Forum of Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake and Adams Counties at Silvercryst, Wautoma, on March 22. The forum are candidates for state-wide elections, including Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, a candidate for governor, and former State Assemblyman Mandela Barnes, a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Vinehout spoke of her background as a farmer, hunter, college professor and state senator. Her vision to put people first includes eliminating Right to Work; supporting Prevailing Wage and raising the minimum wage to $15; free tuition to technical and two-year colleges; investments in state-wide broadband, community-based mental healthcare, and financial aid; fixing healthcare by accepting federal healthcare funds; enforcing environmental laws and hiring back DNR scientists whose jobs have been cut.

Vinehout shared that she has developed written budgets to keep spending the same but to redirect funds. In the Q&A portion, she revealed that there has not been a gun control measure that seemed feasible to her.

Barnes is from Milwaukee’s most notorious zip code, 53206, the poorest in the state and highest incarceration rate in the nation. His family’s values and focus on education led him to his career of promoting a progressive agenda in public service; his goal now is to work with the next governor to expand opportunities for our citizens.

Barnes’s remarks were humorous and insightful regarding Wisconsin poli-tics: an attorney general who would go after big pharmaceutical companies, accepting Medicaid dollars and expanding Badgercare, eliminating the statewide school voucher system, improving the environment by improving air and water quality, getting back manufacturing with an emphasis on solar and wind power, and enforcing existing laws, especially regarding the DNR. Barnes would support making Wisconsin a sanctuary state and allow undocumented people to obtain a driver’s license.

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