Wisconsin – Today, the Working Families Party announced its newest round of state endorsements for the 2020 election cycle. The progressive party’s new endorsements include Kristina Shelton (90th Assembly District) and Supreme Moore Omokunde (17th Assembly District), two grassroots candidates running in contested primaries, and progressive allies and incumbents Marisabel Cabrera (9th Assembly District), Robyn Vining (14th Assembly District), and Israel Ramón for Register of Deeds.
“The coronavirus pandemic and the lack of leadership and accountability we’ve seen coming from the White House proves that now more than ever we need state lawmakers who will fight for working families and not corporate interests,” said Aaron Shapiro, 2020 Elections Lead for the Wisconsin Working Families Party. “These candidates are committed to a bold progressive agenda of housing, healthcare, living wage jobs and safety for all, and they have the political will to get it done. The Working Families Party is proud to endorse them, and we look forward to supporting each of their campaigns all the way to election day.”
Kristina Shelton is a teacher, mom and Vice President of the Green Bay School District, and Supreme Moore Omokunde is a life-long community activist currently serving as the Milwaukee County Supervisor. Both have a long record of standing up for regular working people, and a commitment to fighting for racial, economic, social and environmental justice for Wisconsin.
“I am so excited to be endorsed by the Working Families Party, because that’s who I am running to represent – every person in Green Bay who just wants a fair shot at a good quality of life here, and to make our state work for the many instead of the few” said Kristina.
“The Working Families Party has been a driving force for much-needed change across the entire country, said Supreme. “As a proud fighter for all working people, I am honored to receive their endorsement and to work with my fellow WFP candidates to build a Wisconsin that works for us all.”
The 2020 class of WI WFP candidates are united in their fight for racial, economic and social justice that goes beyond piecemeal reforms. If elected, they will harness the power of their office toward transformative criminal justice reform, work alongside community leaders to establish real public safety, and pass a progressive political agenda that includes $15 minimum wage, a Green New Deal for Wisconsin, healthcare and housing for all and a progressive wealth tax. Additional endorsements are expected in the coming weeks.
“Being a Working Families Party Democrat in Wisconsin means running — and winning — with a political backbone,” said Robyn Vining, D-Wauwatosa, who the WFP helped elect to the previously Republican-held 14th district in 2018. “We flipped the 14th with a bold vision of a Wisconsin that works for everyone, with a vision of when we move Wisconsin forward, we move Wisconsin forward together. I’m excited to continue working with the WFP to build a Wisconsin that moves forward together.”
The Working Families Party is a grassroots political party that recruits, trains, and elects the next generation of progressive leaders to office. After the Party helped elect Gov. Tony Evers and WFP Board Member and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the Party 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. Now, the WI WFP is focusing on passing the MPS referendum and strengthening partnerships with local and community organizations.
Nationally, the WFP is driving a progressive wave in elections across America. This year the WFP helped elect progressive champions Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones to Congress in New York, ousted five conservative Democratic state senators in New Mexico, helped DC Council Member-elect Jannese Lewis George beat back scaremongering attacks about defunding the police department, helped three progressive district attorneys in Colorado triumph in their primaries and won a slew of elections throughout Pennsylvania.
Last year the WFP helped elect longtime tenants organizer and progressive champion Jumaane Williams as Public Advocate in New York City, swelled the ranks of Chicago city council progressive caucus, helped make Stephen Mason the first Black mayor of Cedar Hill, Texas, helped insurgent Latinx LGBTQ social worker Candi CdeBaca oust a longtime incumbent on the Denver City Council, and elected other council members from Morgantown, W.Va., to Phoenix, Ariz..