Steven Olikara, who announced in late May he was exploring a bid for U.S. Senate, formally entered the race today.

Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Project, joins an already crowded Dem field looking to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who hasn’t said yet whether he will seek reelection next fall.

In an interview with WisPolitics.com ahead of his formal announcement, Olikara described himself as a “radical bridge builder” and vowed to bring a new approach to politics to the race.

“I think our current politics that profits on dehumanization, hate and polarization is unsustainable, and I haven’t seen any lane in politics that will solve the problems that we face,” he said.

Olikara said some of his top priorities include trying to get money out of politics. That includes campaign finance reform, banning members from raising money while in session, and changing leadership rules that require higher membership dues to secure appointments to key committees and chairmanships. He also backs getting rid of the filibuster. If there wasn’t sufficient support to eliminate it, he’d back changes to the process, including requiring members to physically filibuster an issue.

Those who have also announced plans to run include: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Dr. Gillian Battino, state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Alex Lasry, the Milwaukee Bucks exec who’s on leave, Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis, software developer Adam Murphy, Outagamie County Exec Tom Nelson, Milwaukee attorney Peter Peckarsky and Darrell Williams, administrator of the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs.

Kou Lee, of Green Bay, and Samuel D’Amico, of Waukesha, have also registered with the FEC to run. On his website, D’Amico asks for write-in votes on Nov. 8, 2022.

Read more in today’s PM Update.

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