"The momentum starts with you, and it starts now. Let's build a future of equity, shared prosperity, and community. I am running for office because I believe we can change our world, one neighborhood at a time. Too many our communities like 53206 have been neglected, and that must change now. Due to neglect, we have the worst incarceration rate for black males in the nation. Jobs are gone. Our public schools are underfunded. Together, we can do so much better. I will take on this fight. I envision a community where justice applies to everyone regardless of zip code, where work is available, and where children can attend robust public schools. I chose to be a public defender to make a difference. I fight hard every day for the marginalized citizens in Milwaukee as their voice in court. Now, I want to fight for all of you as your voice in government. And we will realize the vision of equity, shared prosperity, and community together. That is my mission, and here's how we do it."
- Occupation: Attorney at The State Public Defenders Office Milwaukee Trial Division
- Up and Coming Lawyer award from Wisconsin Law Journal 2014 (click here for achievements)
- Prior Occupation: Financial Analyst; Hong Kong & Tokyo
- Law School: University of Wisconsin Madison J.D./Criminal Law Certificate
- Undergraduate: Rutgers University B.A. Economics
(Enku) Edgar Lin was born to immigrant parents and naturalized as a U.S. citizen. When he was younger, he grew up in a cramped household where his family all shared one bed. His father was an economics professor who fought for a progressive democracy against a totalitarian establishment in Taiwan. Edgar always looked up to his father's political activism as an inspiration.
Edgar went to college at Rutgers, where he earned his bachelors in Economics. Upon graduation, he was offered an opportunity to work in finance in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Although he learned a lot about the financial markets, he did not feel the sense of purpose he had hoped for. He did not feel that he was making a difference in bettering lives. He left finance and went to law school in Wisconsin with an eye for public service. In Milwaukee, he found his home and his purpose.
He was a student attorney with the Public Defenders Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he excelled in his advocacy. There, he saw he was making a difference representing people living in poverty and people of color. Upon graduation, he began his career as a public defender and hit the ground running. He has been at the front lines of defending the marginalized population in Milwaukee, and a zealous voice against systemic injustice. To date, he's made a positive difference in hundreds of lives. In 2014, The Wisconsin Law Journal named Edgar an "Up and Coming Lawyer." Now, he wants to use his advocacy skills and his background in economics to push for smarter and better policies for Wisconsinites.
In his free time, Edgar enjoys basketball, rock climbing, listening to podcasts (TED Talk, NPR, Freakonomics), watching documentaries, and delicious food. He is a member of the Milwaukee Rotary (and a member of the Inclusion, Racial Equity, and Jobs Committee), League of Women Voters, Riverwest Public House Coop, Riverwest Coop, Citizen Action, Milwaukee Democrats, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Wisconsin State Bar, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He volunteers at Brown Street Academy during the school year.