Four key South Milwaukee City Council committees got new leadership last week, the start of a new “political” year.
The new committee chairpersons are:
- Finance: Ald. Joe Bukowski (replacing Pat Stoner)
- Legislation & Permits: Ald. Craig Maass (replacing Lisa Pieper)
- Public Works & Public Property: Ald. Frank Van Dusen III (replacing me)
- Human Resources: Ald. Ray Navarro (replacing David Bartoshevich)
It is customary (but not always the case) that the vice chairmperson alternate with the chairperson of each committee following each spring election. So I am now the vice chairman of the Public Works and Public Property Committee.
Good luck to all of our new committee chairs!
The results are in, and one big headline is the turnout.
More than 5,700 of the city’s 13,378 eligible voters turned out to vote on Tuesday — or 42.8%. This is significantly higher than projected … and surely a sign of the contentious political times we’re in.
You can see South Milwaukee’s election results here.
Among the highlights:
- The 1st District aldermanic race, the only contested City Council contest, wasn’t very close in the end, with incumbent Mike Karbowski and newcomer Craig Maass coming out on top. Mike Moeller finished third.
- The rest of the council won re-election in uncontested races. I finished with 727 votes to David Bartoshevich’s 919. Ray Navarro and Pat Stoner will represent the 2nd District, and Lisa Pieper and Joe Bukowski will continue to represent the 3rd District.
- Three incumbents — John Haslam, Pat Bordak and Carol Dufek — will return to the South Milwaukee School Board for three more years. They were the only three names on the ballot Tuesday.
- In a further sign of South Milwaukee’s strong Republican leanings in recent elections, Jeff Stone outpolled Chris Abele in the race for Milwaukee County executive, 50.5% to 49.1% — this despite Abele easily winning countywide.
- Additionally, David Prosser easily outdistanced Joanne Kloppenburg, 53.5% to 46.3%, in a state Supreme Court race that was evenly split statewide.
I will close with a thank you to everyone who voted for me on Tuesday. I look forward to serving the residents of the 4th District for two more years and hopefully more, providing a strong and distinct voice for my constituents and delivering new ideas and a fresh perspective to local government.