Candidate Name:Chris Larson
Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns:
What office are you running for?
Milwaukee County Executive
With which party are you running for office?
Feb. 18, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I am running for Milwaukee County Executive because Milwaukee needs a bold, progressive agenda set and enacted by a leader who listens.
I believe government should be looked at as a community-oriented model, not a business-oriented one. It’s easy for politicians to fall into a false frame where we have to cut and hurt those things we care about. We can and must think of our neighbors first. From the very beginning of this race, I signed a pledge to forgo corporate PAC and outside spending from rich and corporate interests while staying committed to running a positive, issues-oriented campaign. No other candidate has joined us or made a similar pledge. I have also pledged not to sell any of our parks and to prevent parking meters along our lakefront. Given our history and given the power now consolidated in this office, it’s essential to have a County Executive committed to preserving public spaces for future generations.
I’ve also pledged to end family homelessness in our first term, secure dedicated funding for transit, and more: voteforlarson.org/pledges.
I’ve laid out more clear plans and specific goals than all of the other campaigns combined so far.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
One of the biggest issues facing Milwaukee County is that the state legislature refuses to allow Milwaukeeans to decide what’s best for Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s “Economic Engine,” it has the state’s largest employers, most employees, and most visitors and events. All of this economic activity produces the largest share of revenues for the state. But state-imposed restrictions on revenue generation lead to budget cuts that threaten public services, forcing local governments to raise property taxes.
I am the only candidate in this race who has supervisory experience, a finance degree, and one with political relationships in Madison to ensure Milwaukee receives its fair share of revenue.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
I’ve run over 30 marathons, and have a long-term goal of running a marathon in each state.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
My son Atticus and daughter Stella are very excited about my promise to get a dog when we win.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Host events, share content on social media, donate, call or text voters, put out a yard sign – there are many options on voteforlarson.org/volunteer.
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