Randy Bryce, a union ironworker, came out victorious in Wisconsin’s democratic primary this week making him one step closer to replacing Paul Ryan, who announced his retirement from the House. Gaining 59 percent of the vote, Bryce, 53, better known as “Ironstache,” beat out his opponent local school board member and teacher Cathy Myers, 55.
Bryce backed a progressive agenda, which won the endorsement of Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which gave him both financial and organizational support. His agenda includes single-payer health care, also known as Medicare for All, as well as raising the minimum wage, The Hill reported.
Bryce jumped on the campaign trail early and caught national attention with his message to Ryan: “Let’s trade places, Paul Ryan; you can come work the iron, I’ll go to D.C.”
While democrats believe they can win Ryan’s seat, Bryce will be up against Republican Bryan Steil, an attorney and business executive who was endorsed by Ryan.