Steven Olikara, founder of the Millennial Action Project, weighs joining Democratic race for U.S. Senate in 2022

Steven Olikara, founder and former chief executive of the nonprofit Millennial Action Project.

The founder of a nonprofit that encourages bipartisan political cooperation among young leaders appears to be moving closer to a final decision on whether to join the 2022 Democratic race for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. 

Steven Olikara stepped down this week as chief executive officer of the Millennial Action Project. He remains a senior adviser with the group.

“I’m continuing to explore the race for U.S. Senate,” Olikara told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Thursday. “A team of volunteers and I are exploring the race for the U.S. Senate. I’ve been listening to people across Wisconsin and what I’ve been hearing is people are hungry for a style of politics that’s radically different than what’s being offered right now.” 

A graduate of Brookfield East High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Olikara launched the Millennial Action Project in 2013.

He is also the host of the Meeting in Middle America podcast.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson and Alex Lasry, on leave from his job as a Milwaukee Bucks executive, are already in the race. So is Gillian Battino, a radiologist.

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes are also considering potential runs.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has not yet announced if he’s running for a third term.