Steven Olikara, who co-founded the Millennial Action Project to bridge the partisan divide, announced today he is forming an exploratory committee to look at running for the U.S. Senate as a Dem.

Olikara said he will take the summer for what he’s calling a “Dignity Tour” to speak with Wisconsinites as he considers a bid. The first stop will be Friday at a local Milwaukee brewery.

“My political ethos is fundamentally about listening with a lot of humility and dignity,” Olikara told in an interview. “Announcing this exploratory committee is the most authentic way I know to invite Wisconsinites to be involved as co-authors of this journey of crafting our agenda for dignity, of crafting the movement that we’re trying to build.”

Already, four Dems have announced bids for the U.S. Senate in 2022: Wausau radiologist Gillian Battino, state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, former Milwaukee Bucks exec Alex Lasry and Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and state Sen. Chris Larson, of Milwaukee, are among the other Dems who have been considering a run.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, has not yet announced whether he will seek a third six-year term after originally pledging to serve only two.

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