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Mandela Barnes to make history as first black lieutenant governor

Posted: 10:26 PM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 23:26:16-05

A victory for Tony Evers and his running mate Mandela Barnes will make history in Wisconsin, Barnes becoming the first black lieutenant governor.

This makes Barnes the second African American elected to statewide office in Wisconsin.

"Tony, they said this day would never come, but we all knew it was time for a change in Wisconsin," Barnes said before Evers took the stage for his victory speech.

According to his website, Barnes was born in Milwaukee's poorest and the most incarcerated zip code in the country.

"Our mission is to make sure that Wisconsin is a state that once again provides opportunity to everyone," said Barnes.

Barnes was elected to the State Assembly when he was 25-years-old.

He worked on issues with the economy, criminal justice reform, and healthcare.

This victory left some in the black community feeling hopeful.

"I think that our young people will be able to see themselves reflected in important leadership, and I think that's just really encouraging and really important for their futures," said Robin Tinnon, co-founder of Black Lives United-Green Bay,

The youth also feeling inspired.

"He inspires youth like me, and in the future, because we are the future, you know, what governors, and senates, and house representatives, what they do now, reflects on what we do in the future and what we can be," said Kobe Rockmore, a student in Green Bay.