Randy Bryce. Photo Credit: Handout Photo
Randy Bryce. Photo Credit: Handout Photo

RACINE- Veteran and iron worker Randy Bryce is challenging Speaker Paul Ryan for the 1st Congressional District. Running as a Democrat, Bryce will be facing one of the most powerful members of Congress. Despite the coming uphill battle, Bryce appears ready for the challenge. He brings years of experience as a veteran, a political coordinator and a union leader. Bryce currently serves on the board of directors for the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, and is the president of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce board.

Lillian Price at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

A Democratic veteran and iron worker announced Monday he will challenge Republican Paul Ryan for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in 2018.

The long-shot bid will pit Randy Bryce against the most powerful member of the U.S. House. Ryan, former vice presidential candidate and current House speaker, has held the district in southeastern Wisconsin since 1999.

Bryce, a union leader who served in the U.S. Army, lost races for the Wisconsin’s Legislature in 2012 and 2014 and lost a 10-way primary for Racine County Board of Education in 2013. Bryce said he’s learned from the losses and is planning to raise at least $2 million for this run.

“I’ve learned a lot,” Bryce said. “The people of Wisconsin know who I am. I have community roots.”

A spokesman for Ryan had no immediate comment.

Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.