If you’re active in the labor community online, chances are you’ve seen the name Randy Bryce. But that’s not just because he has been pounding the electronic (and real world!) pavement in pursuit of Wisconsin’s 62nd District Assembly seat for the past few months. In fact, it’s just the opposite. His long-standing commitment to workers’ rights and the spreading of all things pro-fairness on Facebook has created the environment for him to run for elected office. He has literally built a following broad enough through activism to warrant a seat in the statehouse.
This pro-active approach has landed Bryce endorsements from Democracy for America, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, the Racine AFL-CIO, IBEW 430, SMWIA Local 18, and don’t-call-it-ironically, the American Mustache Institute.
After all, Bryce’s Twitter handle is @IronStache.
Bryce was the founder and treasurer of the petition to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He has been embraced by progressives the state over including, most recently, the well-loved Overpass Light Brigade.
Bryce has made it clear that, despite being a union ironworker, his concern is more broad than just union rights:
The primary reason Randy Bryce is running for the state Assembly is because he believes working people are not represented in Madison.
“And not just union employees,” he said, “but all residents who felt like they had to take to the streets because they just weren’t being heard.”
Tomorrow, when 20% of Wisconsinites are expected to hit the polls, they’ll have a chance to inch toward getting that voice back.