On Monday afternoon, Milwaukee County Board Supervisor (2nd District) Nikiya Harris announced her candidacy for the State Senate seat currently held by Milwaukee City Treasurer Spencer Coggs. Before a crowd of supporters in front of Talgo Inc., Supervisor Harris declared herself part of a “new generation of leadership for Wisconsin.”
Decrying the estimated 35 jobs that are being lost at Talgo, Harris blamed Governor Scott Walker for refusing federal funding for a high-speed passenger rail line from Milwaukee and Madison. “Instead of securing Wisconsin’s position as a center for the manufacture of this green technology, we are losing both needed modern transportation infrastructure and the high-paying jobs that go with it.”
Supervisor Harris also recounted how a quality public education provided her with a path out of the public housing projects she lived in as a child. Harris grew up in Hampton Gardens and graduated from Washington High School and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. “My teachers at these institutions showed me there was another path I could take. They cared about me and my future,” noted Harris. She continued, “I feel a strong personal obligation to make sure that the next generation of Wisconsin students has the same opportunity for advancement that I had.”
Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Russell Stamper introduced Harris and announced his endorsement. She was also joined by members of several local unions.