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Supreme Court Vote Shows Urgency to Hold Johnson Accountable NOW

Appleton, WI — Today, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate to replace Ron Johnson in 2022. Nelson is launching his campaign before the election because of Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell’s power grab to install Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court so close to the election:

“As the county executive for one of the hardest hit COVID areas in the U.S., I have been on the front lines trying to protect lives in the absence of any real leadership from Washington. Ron Johnson vowed to vote for Amy Coney Barrett even if he had to do it in a moon suit. Instead of doing his job of helping Wisconsin through this crisis, he’s helping Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell push through partisan judges, disregarding Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last wishes. Wisconsinites have had enough of Ron Johnson’s embarrassing tenure and I am not going to wait another day. We need a Senator who will acknowledge that the COVID pandemic is real and has the right priorities.”

To watch the “Never Too Early” launch video, click HERE.

News clips showing Fox Valley struggles with COVID:

Appleton Post-Crescent: “Whose job is it to address COVID-19 surges in Wisconsin? In the Fox Valley, local leaders are frustrated with ‘punting’ of responsibility”

WLUK Green Bay Fox11 News: ‘This is a crisis:’ Fox Valley leaders sound alarm about hospital capacity

Nelson is the first entrant into the race — and the first declared candidate for the 2022 election cycle.

Background on Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson serves as Outagamie County Executive, one of the worst-hit COVID counties in the nation. Local officials have been leading our country through the pandemic because Donald Trump and Ron Johnson have failed. Tom is running for U.S. Senate because we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously. And if we can take on a pandemic, we can take on anything. And if you can win in a red county six times, you can win anywhere.

Tom’s roots in Wisconsin run deep. His father, a retired Lutheran Pastor, built a mission church in Combined Locks. His Grandma and Grandpa Nelson worked a small dairy farm in Polk County. Grandpa Megow was a patent inventor at Allen-Bradley in Milwaukee helping drive innovation and job creation in a top manufacturing hub.

As Outagamie County’s chief elected official, Tom leads one of the state’s best-managed counties (Aaa rating) that provides public health & other crucial services during the pandemic.

In 2017, he joined the United Steelworkers in helping save a paper mill that had been auctioned off to an industrial scrap dealer. Today the mill is alive and well and supports 300 jobs.

The country’s renewed progressive movement is important to Tom and he served as a Bernie Sanders delegate at the 2020 DNC convention.

In Wisconsin, the COVID-19 pandemic has become a full-blown crisis because leaders like Ron Johnson choose to recklessly expose their constituents to COVID instead of listening to science and public health experts.

As a proven and effective local leader, Tom is ready to retire Ron Johnson and bring Wisconsin’s progressive values and leadership to Washington.

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