Alderwoman Chantia Lewis For U.S. Senate?
Website appears, and quickly disappears.
The Democratic primary in Wisconsin for next year’s U.S. Senate race keeps getting more and more crowded.
On Thursday a website was briefly live touting a long-rumored candidate: Milwaukee Alderwoman Chantia Lewis.
The website didn’t include a photo of Lewis and the biography on the site was a verbatim copy of her official biography on her Common Council webpage. The “Why Chantia For Senate?” section included boilerplate text found in a website template.
The website isn’t the only thing missing information. Lewis also hasn’t opened a formal campaign account or filed to run.
While Urban Milwaukee was taking website screenshots, Lewis was a virtual participant in a Public Safety & Health Committee meeting. When texted for comment on a run (after the site was pulled down), Lewis responded: “lol, no comment at this time.”
Lewis, 41, was first elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. An Air Force veteran, Alverno College graduate and ordained minister, Lewis has branded her far northwest side council district the “New Ninth” as she seeks to reinvigorate the commercial area around the former Northridge Mall. A fiery speaker, she has passionately advocated for many issues including an unarmed responders program, universal basic income pilot program, city office of veterans affairs and emergency housing.
Her website billed her as a “hometown girl with a big heart.”
Should Lewis join the race to replace incumbent Republican Ron Johnson, she’ll find a crowded field with plenty of familiar faces.
Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was the first to formally declare, followed by Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, radiologist Gillian Battino and Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry. They’ve since been joined by State Senator Chris Larson, Milwaukee attorney Peter Peckarsky and Franklin software entrepreneur Adam Murphy. Steven Olikara, head of the Millennial Action Project, created an exploratory committee, a precursor to filing to run.
Johnson has not formally announced his intention to run for a third term.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the alderwoman’s website.
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