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Milwaukee Bucks exec enters Wisconsin Senate race as Democrat for GOP Sen. Ron Johnson's seat

The professional basketball league executive, Alex Lasry, reportedly has the backing of state Democrats.

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Milwaukee Buck NBA basketball team at Fiserv Forum, Wisconsin. Feb. 16, 2021.
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Updated: February 18, 2021 - 1:00pm

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Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry has entered the 2022 race for the Wisconsin Senate seat held by GOP Sen. Ron Johnson.

Lasry announced his candidacy Wednesday in an almost five-minute Youtube video, which featured prominent Milwaukee Democrats such as David Crowley, the Milwaukee County executive, and Milwaukee Common Council President Cavalier Johnson.

"We need a new way of thinking and a new perspective," Lasry said in his video. "What we all too often see in Washington is people talking about the problems, rather than actually do something about it."

Johnson has yet to announce whether he'll seek reelection.

Lasry said his platform will include efforts to get enacted a "workers bill of rights" that would guarantee a higher minimum wage and a right to unionize.

Also in the video, Lasry said he wanted Wisconsin companies to "earn their tax cuts." He said companies that pay their workers $20 an hour could receive a tax cut.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Lasry will take a leave of absence from his position for the Bucks.