Thomas Harris announces candidacy for Senate
Career in public service leads to bid for Wisconsin’s 6th Senate District
Milwaukee, WI – After nearly a decade of public service working in State, County and City governments, Harris vows to bring passion, experience and leadership to help the people of the 6th District.
“The 6th District provided me with my foundation. I was born and raised here. I attended school here and it is where my wife and I plan to raise a family,” said Harris. “Milwaukee is a special city and the people and neighborhoods in the 6th District are an important part of that. I am heartbroken by the sad statistics regarding inequality in healthcare, the lack of access to family-supporting jobs and the black male incarceration rates. Our communities deserve better. As State Senator, I will fight to create economic opportunities through workforce training, provide greater access to healthcare including mental health services and push for corrections reform. I will be a voice for our children, seniors and every generation in-between.”
During his years in government service, Harris has proudly fought for and helped to bring about significant change. From his instrumental role in helping reinstate the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission to his work on criminal justice reform, Harris has never shied away from fighting for the people of Milwaukee.
Harris is actively involved in a number of community organizations including Holy Cathedral Church, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Center for Self-Sufficiency.
“Thomas is a unifier who is able to work with everyone to find a common ground that benefits the community,” said Carl Wesley, President & CEO for Center for Self-Sufficiency. “His energy and leadership is exactly what we need in a public servant for the 6th district.”
“I am proud to have Thomas as a life-long member of the church. His leadership and business sense demonstrates exactly what we need to bring change in the 6th district,” said C.H. McClelland, Bishop for Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ.
Harris graduated from Vincent High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Harris has dedicated most of his adult life to public service, working as a State Senate Chief of Staff and serving as Director of Community Relations for Milwaukee County and a Special Assistant at the Milwaukee Mayor’s office.
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This committee will focus on the specific challenges facing the community such as unemployment, mass incarceration, delivery of quality healthcare and inequalities in educational outcomes.
“I have known and worked with Thomas for years and I can say unequivocally that he is best person in the race to help us tackle the challenges facing Milwaukee,” Chris Abele said.