Nelson announces run for U.S. Senate

The 2020 election is over a week away, but one Democratic candidate is already thinking about 2022. Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson announced his run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Senator Ron Johnson. In a video posted online on Monday, Nelson strongly criticized the Republican senator from Oshkosh for his approach to COVID-19 and the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court confirmation vote of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Voters in Door and Kewaunee counties have voted for Nelson in the past, first as lieutenant governor in 2010 and as U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s Eighth District in 2016. Nelson lost both of those races. Senator Johnson said in 2016 he would not run for a third term after defeating Russ Feingold in 2016, but reopened the door to the possibility in 2019 according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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