David Crowley, 30, has been active in local and statewide politics and community organizing since he became involved with Urban Underground at age 16. He was hired by Sen. Russ Feingold’s campaign as a state field director in 2010. He began working as an aide to Nikiya Harris Dodd in 2011, when she was a county supervisor. He then moved with her when she was elected to the state senate in 2012.
Crowley took from serving as her policy director to compete for the open seat in the Northwest Side district held by LaTonya Johnson, who is running for Wisconsin Senate.
Crowley faces Kim Burns and Marcus Hart. He told WIG he has more political experience than either, including working in Madison and understanding how to get things done. A dedicated progressive, he has been a longtime champion for “causes that matter.” He believes “we’re all in this together and that by helping one another,” including across the aisle and in communities across the state, all of Wisconsin can thrive.
His priority issues are addressing “the jobs crisis, including by raising the minimum wage,” public education, especially funding more high-quality early-childhood education and criminal-justice reform. He said while “we need to hold people accountable we must also give them the ability to re-enter society.” He advocates legislation to “ban the box” that requires job applicants to note if they have been convicted. “It’s a dignity issue,” he says, and is not necessary except for certain jobs.
Crowley has landed a who’s-who list of endorsements from elected officials at all levels government. An Aug. 2 fundraiser at Art Bar in Riverwest was hosted by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, state Sen. Chris Larson and state Reps. David Bowen and Jonathan Brostoff. County Executive Chris Abele, with whom he worked while at the county, has also endorsed him, along with several other state representatives, county supervisors and Milwaukee Common Council members. Other endorsers include Citizen Action Wisconsin, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, AFSCME and SEIU.