27 Madison-area elected officials endorse Lt. Gov. Barnes for U.S. Senate

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MADISON, Wis. — More than two-dozen Madison-area elected officials endorsed Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate on Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, the list of officials includes Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell and Madison Common Council President Syed Abbas.

“I’m so proud to have the strong support of these Madison-area community leaders in our campaign to change the game in the United States Senate,” Barnes said in a statement. “With their help, I know we can beat (U.S. Sen.) Ron Johnson and take our message of opportunity for all to Washington, D.C. In the Senate, I will never back down from the challenges we face and will work relentlessly to make Wisconsin a state that does big and bold things again.”

Below is a full list of the 27 officials included in the endorsement.

  • Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
  • Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell
  • Madison Common Council President Syed Abbas
  • Madison Alder Brian Benford
  • Madison Alder Jael Currie
  • Madison Alder Tag Evers
  • Madison Alder Yannette Figueroa Cole
  • Madison Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
  • Madison Alder Charles Myadze
  • Madison Board of Education President Ali Muldrow
  • Madison Board of Education Member Savion Castro
  • Madison Board of Education Member Nicki Vander Meulen
  • Madison Board of Education Member Ananda Mirilli
  • Dane County Supervisor Yogesh Chawla
  • Dane County Supervisor Michele Doolan
  • Dane County Supervisor Anthony Gray
  • Dane County Supervisor Patrick Miles
  • Verona Mayor Luke Diaz
  • Verona Alder Chad Kemp
  • Fitchburg Alder Joe Maldonado
  • Monona Alder Kristie Goforth
  • McFarland Village President Carolyn Clow
  • Middleton-Cross Plains School District school board member Simrnjit Seerha
  • Former Fitchburg Mayor Frances Huntley-Cooper
  • Former Madison Common Council President Shiva Bidar
  • Former Madison Board of Education President Gloria Reyes
  • Former Madison Alder Mo Cheeks

Barnes joined a crowded Democratic field for next year’s U.S. Senate race in mid-June. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, who visited Fort McCoy on Wednesday, has not said if he plans on running for a third term.