Wisconsin Lt. Governor candidate visits La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor says he wants to make sure everyone in the state has a chance to succeed.

Democrat Mandela Barnes is running to challenge current Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Barnes is a former state representative from Milwaukee who served two terms in the state capitol.

He says he decided to run for lieutenant governor because he feels the state needs to restore and expand opportunity for everyone. That means making sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare, new businesses have the chance to grow, schools have the funding to succeed, and the environment is protected.

"These are all things that we need to do to move forward in this state in every corner, no matter where you stay, whether you're in urban centers or rural parts of Wisconsin, we all need opportunity," said Barnes.

He is one of five Democrats to announce their intention to run for lieutenant governor.

A partisan primary will be held in August.

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