On Thursday, April 7, 2016 State Senator Lena Taylor hosted a campaign kickoff for the upcoming fall primary. Senator Taylor was joined by friends, family and supporters at the Big Eazy Restaurant, 2053 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Senator Taylor, who was elected to the Senate in 2004, is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat, Representative Mandela Barnes. Taylor released a statement to Barnes’ challenge saying: “There’s no greater privilege than serving the residents of the 4th Senate district.
In my 13 years of service, I have authored and passed more than one hundred laws. With a proven track record of accomplishments and experience, I look forward to my run for re-election.” It’s unusual for Democratic senators to face primary challenges. According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, that last happened in 2010.