Peter Barca, a Kenosha Dem who served in the Legislature and as state Revenue secretary, announced he will again seek the 1st CD 30 years after he lost a reelection bid for the seat.

He joins a Dem field that includes Lorenzo Santos, the Racine County Emergency Management deputy coordinator and a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, and Diane Anderson, a health care professional. They are seeking to take on U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville.

Barca, who resigned from Dem Gov. Tony Evers’ administration earlier this month, said Thursday he’s running because “I have always stood up for working families.” He added his record includes creating good-paying jobs, delivering tax relief to the middle class and expanding access to health care.

“This stands in stark contrast to the do-nothing, dysfunctional Congress we have in Washington. We need someone to step up and start going to bat for our families again.”

Steil reported more than $4 million in the bank at the end of March and won reelection in 2022 by more than 10 points. National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson Mike Marinella called Barca “a sacrificial lamb” and knocked Dems for settling “on an open border, tax-and-spend Democrat who is too extreme for Southeast Wisconsin.”

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