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State Rep. David Bowen today joined the growing Dem field for lieutenant governor, saying his experience sets him apart from others vying to run on the ticket with Gov. Tony Evers next fall.

Bowen, 34, was elected to the Assembly in 2014 after two years on the Milwaukee County Board. He also served as vice-chair for the state Dem Party under Martha Laning.

Bowen said in an interview he’s been “on the front lines” on issues such as those impacting working families and overhauling the criminal justice system. He also said his experience can help turn out those that Dems need next fall, including people of color, younger voters, and those in urban and suburban areas.

Bowen joins state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, D-Brookfield, and state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee in the field.

“It’s about making sure we rebuild the economic ladder so that we can provide the chance for economic mobility again,” Bowen said.

The field of contenders for the party’s nomination to run with Evers had been slow to materialize. But Taylor announced her bid in early October, and Rodriguez got into the race last week.

Others who have been mentioned as possible candidates include: Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride; Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg; Brown Deer Village Trustee Emily Siegrist, who ran for Assembly in 2020; and Racine Ald. John Tate II.

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