Nelson speaks after losing 8th Congressional District race

Tom Nelson and Mike Gallagher

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Democrat Tom Nelson is addressing the race in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District.

Nelson lost the race to Republican challenger Mike Gallagher. Both were vying to replace Republican Reid Ribble, who said he would not seek re-election.

Nelson released the following statement after the results were released:

“Seven months ago we launched a campaign that focused on issues that are important to middle-class families here in Northeast Wisconsin. Issues like protecting Social Security for future generations, stopping unfair trade deals, raising the minimum wage, and closing tax loopholes exploited by big corporations. These are our values—these are Wisconsin values—protecting our seniors, raising the wages of our workers and making those who profit from the labor of our workers pay their fair share in running our government.

While we came up short, I could not be more thankful to the thousands of volunteers who dedicated their time to our cause. Our campaign was built on the grassroots army of volunteers who made more than a half-million phone calls and knocked on over 150,000 doors. And while millions in outside special interest money was spent in this race, I am proud that 46,397 people donated to our campaign and gave an average donation of just $30.

I congratulate Mike Gallagher on his victory and wish him the very best in his service as our next member of congress.

As County Executive, I will continue to make the families of Northeast Wisconsin my priority, and I look forward to championing policies that will help grow our middle-class.”