Edgar Lin Announces Candidacy for the 16th Assembly District
As a public defender, Lin excelled in advocacy and established a track record for effectively representing people living in poverty.
MILWAUKEE – Today, Edgar Lin, a 5th year public defender in the Milwaukee Trial Division announced his candidacy for 16th Assembly District. The 16th Assembly District is comprised of some of the most impoverished neighborhoods within the city of Milwaukee and is home to zip code 53206, named one of the worst in the nation; Lin knows his work is cut out for him, but he’s up for the challenge and excited about the possibilities.
“I am running for office because we urgently need change. For too long, distressed communities have been neglected. As a public defender and a former financial analyst, I’ve seen what neglect does to our communities. We’re worst in the nation for incarceration, jobs are gone, our public schools’ funding has been gutted. I will work hard to tackle these problems. I envision a Milwaukee where justice applies equally regardless of zip code, where everyone benefits from economic growth, and where children can attend top-notch public schools,” said Lin.
“I know that working together, we can turn it around. The momentum starts now, with all of us. I chose to become a public defender to make a difference, I’ve successfully challenged unjust laws and I’ve fought to protect victims of human trafficking. As your 16th District Assembly Representative, I’ll take that same common sense fight for justice and a vision of greater success for all marginalized citizens to the capitol.”
Lin was born to immigrant parents from Taiwan. Growing up in cramped, overcrowded housing, Lin has always been inspired by his father’s political activism fighting for democracy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Rutgers University. From there, he worked in financial markets in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Realizing that’s not where he could be the most effective, he returned to Wisconsin to attend law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I’m honored to be in a position where my purpose is clear. I’m dedicated to creating better, smarter policies to move Milwaukee’s most distressed neighborhoods forward. Where others see problems, I see promise,” said Lin.
As a public defender, Lin excelled in advocacy and established a track record for effectively representing people living in poverty. Wisconsin Law Journal recognized Edgar Lin as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” in 2014. In his free time, Edgar enjoys keeping active by playing basketball and rock climbing. He currently volunteers at Brown Street Academy and is a member of the Milwaukee Rotary, League of Women Voters, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Riverwest Public House, Milwaukee Democrats, Wisconsin State Bar, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
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