Mandela Barnes Will Be First African-American In Decades To Hold Statewide Office In Wisconsin

It’s been 40 years since an African-American was elected to statewide office in Wisconsin. Monday, Milwaukee native and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes will be sworn in.

He says his upbringing in Milwaukee has a lot to do with his current politics.

“Knowing what the city of Milwaukee can be. Knowing what we have the ability to produce but also realizing the barriers that do exist. We have high levels of poverty, we have other issues that are impacted as a result of high rates of poverty,” Barnes says.

He says high poverty is also connected to low levels of…

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