KENOSHA, WI — Today the Working Families Party announced its first endorsements in the 2021 spring election. The progressive political group is throwing its weight behind thirteen candidates: Attorney Angela Cunningham for Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 6. Cunningham is a mother, defense lawyer, and community safety advocate with more than a decade of experience fighting for racial and economic justice in the Kenosha County court system. If elected, Cunningham would make history as the first Black woman elected to serve as a judge in Kenosha.
“This is what ‘justice for all’ looks like,” said Jonathan Jarmon, senior organizer with the Wisconsin Working Families Party. “Angela Cunningham has spent her career fighting for a justice system where everyone gets treated fairly, no matter the color of their skin or how much money they have. Now more than ever, we must work toward a justice system that makes sure that no one in Kenosha is left behind, and we’re proud to support Angela’s historic campaign.”
Cunningham is an outspoken advocate for community safety, restorative justice, and eliminating racial bias in the Kenosha court system. From nonprofit board membership, to grassroots organizing, and tutoring elementary students, she has a long history of using her personal and professional expertise to serve her community. A former public interest attorney and prosecutor, she currently runs her own firm, ADC Law Office, LLC, on 56th street.
“I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Working Families Party,” said Cunningham. “I believe in the WFP’s mission to bring people together across differences to create a justice system that works for all of us. Together, we can fight for a Kenosha County Court system that respects the dignity of communities of color, working families, and immigrants, and one that righteously delivers justice for survivors.”
The Working Families Party is a grassroots political party that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. The endorsement comes on the heels of a massive volunteer-driven get out the vote effort, where dozens of WFP members and activists came together from across the state to help elect President Joe Biden. Over the course of three months, the WI WFP collected 95,000 commitments to vote from voters across the state — nearly quadruple Trump’s margin of victory in Wisconsin for 2016, helped protect Gov. Evers’ veto in the state legislature, and worked with Kenosha activists to help get out the vote in communities across the county.
Previously, the Party helped elect Gov. Tony Evers and WFP Board Member and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and swept the MPS elections — a victory that served as a mid-point for an incredible progressive winning streak for the WFP in local elections across America. The WI WFP then went on to pass the MPS referendum win key seats in the April election.
The grassroots political group’s other endorsements include activist women of color and first-time candidates like Auntavia Jackson for Racine Unified School District, Yannette Figueroa Cole for Madison Common Council and Dana Kelley for Milwaukee Public School Board, who are running on bold platforms of racial and economic justice.
The WI WFP is also supporting progressive candidates Melissa Winker for State Senate (SD13), Jael Currie and Nikki Conklin for Madison Common Council, Alder Natalia Taft for Racine City Council, Karl Jaeger for State Assembly (AD89), Simrnjit Seerha and Matthew Thompson for Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, Henry Leonard for Milwaukee Public School Board, and Todd Price for Kenosha Unified School District.