The progressive group People for the American Way has endorsed Kelly Westlund, the Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.
PFAW political director Randy Borntrager, in announcing the endorsement, said, “Kelly Westlund is a fighter for fairness and equality, and she’s a strong voice for Wisconsin’s working families. Kelly is fighting for a Congress that represents all people instead of just millionaires and corporations. We’re proud to endorse her candidacy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.”
Westlund, in a news release, said, "I am honored to receive the endorsement of People for the American Way, they are dedicated to the promise of equality, freedom of speech, justice under the law, and making sure everyone can achieve the American dream."
Westlund has been an outspoken advocate for increasing the minimum wage and for expanding opportunity so that anyone can succeed based on talent and merit, not their family net worth or their ability to exploit tax loopholes, PFAW emphasized.
The organization, in its announcement, said, Duffy refuses to support raising the minimum wage to a living wage "and then he complains that he struggles to get by on his salary of $174,000 a year."
Westlund served on the Ashland City Council from 2011-14. She is the owner and operator of a consulting firm that partners with local farms, small businesses, local governments, and civic organizations to work on economic and community development projects.
Westlund previously served as executive director for the Alliance for Sustainability and was an adjunct professor of sustainable community development at her alma mater, Northland College.
The general election is on Nov. 4.
Wisconsin voters also will go to the polls on Aug. 12 to cast ballots in primary contests.