Freshman state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, D-Brookfield, today announced her bid for lieutenant governor, joining state Sen. Lena Taylor in the field looking to run with Gov. Tony Evers next fall.

“I know from growing up in and now raising my kids in Waukesha County, that there is still much more that unites us than divides us,” Rodriguez said. “We all want great schools, to fix the roads, to honor our democracy, to address climate change, to access quality healthcare, and to have the opportunity to earn an honest living.”

Rodriguez, who has degrees in public health and nursing, knocked off GOP Rep. Rob Hutton last fall for the suburban Milwaukee seat that had been trending Dem with Donald Trump in the White House.

The shape of the seat remains up in the air amid redistricting.

The maps GOP leaders have proposed would give the 13th AD a solid GOP lean. Meanwhile, a map Senate Dems proposed on Friday would pair her in a district with GOP Rep. Janel Brandtjen, of Menomonee Falls.

Taylor, whose Senate seat isn’t up again until 2024, announced her bid for lieutenant governor in early October.

Others who have been mentioned as candidates include: state Rep. David Bowen, of Milwaukee; 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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