MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers jumped into his re-election bid Saturday by calling himself the state’s "real education governor" and focusing on repairing roads, helping small businesses and making health care more affordable.
"Wisconsin, I'm in. I’m running for re-election. We've accomplished a lot in the last few years, but we're just getting started," Evers said at the state Democratic Party’s virtual convention.
The first-term governor reminded his backers he’s using his powers to block Republicans who control the Legislature from restricting access to abortion, limiting opportunities to vote, and drawing congressional and legislative districts that favor their party in elections.
"There’s a veto pen to protect and we’ve got bags to pack for (U.S. Sen.) Ron Johnson. So, holy mackerel, we’re going to need your help to get it done again in 2022," Evers said.
Evers launched his campaign just days after signaling he would run again by announcing his campaign team.
His campaign next year may be different from his 2018 run because Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is likely to run for U.S. Senate.