Larson best known for his two decades of work with the United Nations, and as a Senior Presidential Appointee for the Obama-Biden Administration as a Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator. Larson’s groundbreaking LGBTQI+ roles at the United Nations and in the U.S federal government are chronicled in a legacy article in the Wisconsin publication, Our Lives. Larson resides on his family’s 200 year-old farm in Wisconsin’s driftless region where he is working to restore native prairies and oak savannas. Today, Larson announced his endorsement of Steven Olikara’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.
“Wisconsin needs a Senator who doesn’t embarrass us; who builds bridges rather than division, who has a proven record of legislative accomplishment in DC. On his way out the door, Ron Johnson needs to hold it for Steven Olikara,” says Larson.
Kriss Marion, a 3-term Lafayette County Supervisor, small business owner, and former candidate for Wisconsin State Senate, is nationally recognized as a conservation and clean water leader. In 2017, Marion founded the Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association, a farmer-led water protection group that works to improve the Pecatonica River. Marion runs an agritourism farm in rural Blanchardville. Today, Marion announced her endorsement of Olikara for Senate stating,
“Now more than ever, we need a U.S. Senator who will put working Wisconsinites, and protection of our shared natural resources, first. But we also need a Senator who can build alliances to get things done. Of all the candidates, Steven has the most federal legislative experience. I believe he will always listen to and prioritize what is most important to his constituents, whether in Lafayette County, La Crosse, or Milwaukee. I fully support Steven Olikara for the U.S. Senate.”
Olikara has devoted his life and career to bringing people together from opposite sides of the political divide. He founded the Millennial Action Project, a national nonprofit that activates young leaders and elected officials to bridge the political divide and create real change. For two years, Olikara hosted “Red & Blue Dialogues” across Wisconsin with political leaders and constituents engaging in conversations focused on solving key local and national issues. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named it one of “10 big ideas to help fix Wisconsin’s problems.”
“I am honored to have the support of renowned conservation and equality champions Kriss Marion and Todd Larson. Their unwavering commitment to fighting for the humanity of all Wisconsinites and a clean and prosperous environment for future generations is work I will build on as a U.S. Senator. Together we will build a brighter future for Wisconsin and ensure Dignity for All,” says U.S. Senate Candidate, Steven Olikara.
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