Senator Chris Larson advances, looks to unseat Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

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MILWAUKEE -- On spring primary election night Tuesday, February 16th, a four-candidate field for Milwaukee county executive was whittled down to two. Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) was one of three candidates trying to unseat Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. He will face Abele in the April 5th general election.

A central theme in Larson's bid for county executive has been his pledge to restore checks and balances in county government.

Supporters gathered on election night at Larson's campaign headquarters at MLK and North Avenue.

CLICK HERE to view the vote totals in the spring primary election

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Larson himself wasn't expected to arrive at the election night gathering until very late on Tuesday night/early on Wednesday morning. He was in Madison on Tuesday -- tied up in a Senate session.

Larson has run his campaign touting transparency and painting Chris Abele as someone with too much power.

Larson has raised far less money than Abele -- somewhere around $100,000.

His campaign manager says that shouldn't matter going into April.

"Chris Larson comes from a working family. He has working friends. He doesn't have access to the same money Chris Abele has. What he does have is an army of volunteers and that's really the best way to communicate a message," Joshua Kilroy, Larson's campaign manager said.

Larson's wife addressed supporters at his gathering Tuesday night.

Larson issued this statement on Tuesday night:

“When we first entered the race for Milwaukee County Executive, the skeptics said that we could never beat a millionaire incumbent willing to spend unlimited sums of money.

And despite being outspent nearly 20 to 1 by our opponent, tonight we showed that the race for Milwaukee County Executive is tied as we head into the April general election.

Our incredible showing in the primary is a clear statement from the voters that they are ready for new leadership in Milwaukee County government.

The results of today’s primary shows that voters have embraced our positive message, which focuses on the issues that matter: protecting our parks and public treasures, expanding our transit system, and restoring good government checks and balances to Milwaukee County.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about Chris Larson and his bid for Milwaukee county executive.

Joe Klein and Steve Hogan were the other two candidates vying to become Milwaukee county executive.

Race for Milwaukee County Executive

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      • Informed Voter

        In spite of the money Abele has poured into this Primary–and the deceptive ads and emails (like the personalized one that I received today)–people came out in record number for Larson. Either they are reassured of the positive possibilities with Larson (and I agree that Larson is the better of the two candidates). Or they would rather elect a pet rock than return Abele to another term. …doesn’t say much for Abele either way.

  • ARACOPA for Larson

    Hats off to the Larson team. We hope that a record-number of folks will come out in support of Larson and meaningful change for Davidson County in the April 2016 Election.

  • Cap Drive Playa

    As an African American male here in Milwaukee, I have been disgusted by the schemes Mr Abele has created and been a part of since becoming County Executive 6 years ago. He hires DPW hacks who have a proven track record of being losers like Mike Tate and Melissa Baldauff. We need to get rid of Abele, bring in Larson and get these scumbags like Tate and Baldauff the he’ll out of our county!

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