The Ironworker who plans to unseat Paul Ryan in 2018

No person who works a full-time job should have to
depend on any kind of government assistance. That’s corporate welfare and I’m
completely against that. –

Randy Bryce has been an
ironworker for the past 20 years. He’s a U.S. Army veteran, community activist,
political coordinator for Ironworkers Local 8 in Milwaukee, and he’s
to run
against Paul Ryan in
2018 for the seat serving as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st
congressional district. Ryan has held the seat since 1999.

Ryan is one of the most
recognizable faces in politics today, serving as the current speaker of the House
of Representatives, and as a Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2012. Bryce is a
relative unknown, but is no stranger to politics, having run twice for office
previously. Also, as a political coordinator with the Ironworkers, Bryce often
attended city council meetings, because “I had been aware of how local
helps our members get jobs.”

Though Ryan is more known to the larger American
audience, Bryce knows the people of Wisconsin. Bryce works in an iron refinery
with others who don’t see much compassion from Ryan. They’re ready for change.
According to Bryce, Ryan is not helping the working people of Wisconsin. But
Bryce could and, as a working person he’s well-suited to help.

By all accounts, Ryan has
been involved with the formation of President Trump’s healthcare Bill which
aims to replace the Affordable Care Act,
or “Obamacare”. The so-called Trumpcare plan has been subject to scathing
criticism. Purportedly shrouded in secrecy, the plan is said to remove many
with pre-existing conditions from coverage.

In his first ad, Bryce
shows the difficulties his mother would face if she couldn’t get even one of
the many medications she needs to manage her multiple sclerosis. And Bryce
notes that she’s not the only one with problems. “The system is extremely
flawed,” he says.

As a lifelong resident of
Southeastern Wisconsin, Bryce says he knows the troubles people face and he can
take “our voice, and what we need, to Washington DC.”

Of his motivations to
run, Bryce says he decided to run for office “because not everybody is seated
at the table, and it’s time to make a bigger table.”

In a recent interview
Bryce lays out the broad strokes of his vision for Wisconsin, a vision informed
by his working class roots. A Democrat, Bryce has three main topics he’d like
to see his party tackle if it’s successful in the 2018 Congressional races:

Make sure that everybody is covered by
health care
.” Bryce would be in favour of Medicare for all;

Get rid of lawmaking secrecy. Bryce says: “We need transparency so that working
people have trust in the government again”; and

sure that every working person has a job.
Bryce insists, “we need to make
sure that all workers are paid a livable wage and don’t have to worry about
flipping a coin to decide ‘should we pay rent or should we take our child to
see a doctor?’ And Bryce knows what he’s talking about, saying that after his
Army service he worked two full-time jobs just to make ends meet. And he knows,
“you can’t raise a family like that or even have any time for yourself.”

Bryce’s message and his
ad have hit home with workers across the country. Over 10,000 people have
donated to his campaign, with the average contribution being around $28. Bryce
has received messages from people working across the country saying: “Hey, I
support you, I sent you an hour’s worth of work as a donation.” For Bryce, that
really hits home. “I’m very appreciative of that,” he says.

Bryce concludes his ad
with a nod to his union roots and his commitment to solidarity, saying: “I’m
the best person to represent this District because I’m a working person. If
somebody falls behind, we’re so much stronger if we carry them with us. That’s
the way I was raised. You look out for each other.”  
Here is Bryce’s powerful ad:



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