State Sen. Chris Larson announces his candidacy for Milwaukee County executive

MILWAUKEE -- State Senator Chris Larson announced on Monday, Nov. 18 his candidacy for Milwaukee County executive.

Larson is the state senator for Wisconsin’s 7th District, which includes portions of Cudahy, Oak Creek, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Milwaukee, and Franklin.

"I'm Chris Larson, and I'm running to be your Milwaukee County executive. For you, for our neighbors, for our children, and for all of us. I've learned over the years that we are better together, we are stronger together,  and that takes all of us working together to create a clear vision for a better tomorrow," said State Senator Chris Larson.

A news release said prior to Larson's time in the Wisconsin Senate, Larson served as a Milwaukee County supervisor for his community. He currently lives in Bay View with his wife, Jessica, son, Atticus, and daughter, Stella.

"We can no longer be content with simply reacting to the problems arising from festering wounds grown through decades of division. It's up to our generation to turn the page towards a better future, one of our design," said Larson.

Other candidates who have announced their plans or filed paperwork to run for the post include Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy, Milwaukee County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb, State Rep. David Crowley, and an employee of the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court Peggy Wittman.

Current Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced in October that he would not seek reelection. Abele was first elected in 2011 when he finished out Scott Walker’s term. Abele was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.