WASHINGTON — Wisconsin is set to become a key battleground state in next year’s election. As the fields in some key races take shape, some unlikely candidates for office are hoping getting in early could benefit their long-shot campaigns.
Rejani Raveendran's, 40, campaign roll out has been modest. Days after announcing her candidacy, she walked in the “Ice Age Days” festival parade in Rib Lake, Wis., alongside an old-school bronco truck with a few of her posters taped to it.
“I'm not a millionaire. I'm not a billionaire. I'm not a career politician,” Raveendran said. “I'm standing for the regular people. I'm one among them. I know about their problems. I know their struggles because it's my struggle. It's my problem.”
Raveendran is the first Republican to challenge Democrat Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student is a single mother of three who emigrated to the U.S. from India in 2011. This is her first run for elected office.
“I felt like we need to have a political reform — someone with a new face, new ideas has to step in,” she said. “Someone who knows the problem of the regular people.”