The American Mustache Institute today announced it is supporting Mustached American ironworker Randy Bryce of Racine in the race for the 62nd District seat in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Bryce is pitted against Melissa Lemke in a primary August 14. The winner will face spousal compromise-wearing Republican candidate Tom Weatherston in the November 6 general election.

“I’m running to represent working people, whereas Ms. Lemke is more of a political insider,” said Bryce, who goes by IronStache on Twitter. “That’s why over the past 18 months I’ve been a leader on issues facing the working class in Wisconsin as my life experiences have better-prepared me to speak on behalf of the majority of voters in the 62nd District.”

In consideration that Bryce’s current occupation entails “strapping on a work belt and building America as an Ironworker” — and having captured the majority of the region’s Labor endorsements (most recently the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO) — the administration of the American Mustache Institute felt he was best suited to lead the significant Mustached American community domiciled in Wisconsin’s 62nd district.

“As a Mustached American military veteran and longtime ironworker, Mr. Bryce brings a perspective and rugged attractiveness to Wisconsin’s 62nd District that no other candidate can adequately address,” said Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman, AMI chief executive officer. “Therefore, we shall unleash the Mustached American community on the ballot boxes in support of our good looking brother.”

Born in 1964 in Milwaukee — America’s 6th most Mustache Friendly City according to an 2011 AMI White Paper — Mr. Bryce graduated from Rufus King Prep in 1983 and served in the U.S. Army between 1983-86. He  was deployed to Central America during the height of that region’s Sandanistan aggression.

In 1996 Bryce joined Ironworkers Local 8 in Milwaukee. Among other projects, he worked on building Miller Park — home to the 2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year, John Axford. He currently is an elected member of the Ironworkers Local 8 executive board and serves as its political coordinator. He also is a delegate to the Milwaukee Area Labor Council and trustee with the Southeast Wisconsin Building Trades.