Jeramey Jannene

Alderwoman Chantia Lewis For U.S. Senate?

Website appears, and quickly disappears.

By - Jul 15th, 2021 04:30 pm
Chantia Lewis speaks at a 2019 press conference on tiny homes for veterans. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Chantia Lewis speaks at a 2019 press conference on tiny homes for veterans. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

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.

Multiple sources have told Urban Milwaukee in recent months that Lewis was considering a run, with one calling it an open secret within City Hall. She registered the domain name on February 19. But by the time Urban Milwaukee could publish this article, the website was pulled down. Perhaps for good reason.

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.

But an even bigger name is due in the race any day. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes is due to enter the race in the coming days, having begun fundraising and filming a commercial.

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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Categories: City Hall, Politics

One thought on “Alderwoman Chantia Lewis For U.S. Senate?”

  1. keewaysservices says:

    Shr need to stay out and support Mandela Barnes she will spilit the vote and republican will return .history repeats Lena Taylor entered the race knowing she could not win what happen?
    Look around the inner city and see TB lack of action

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