Results are in from the pandemic election of 2020, and I want to start by saying thank you.
I am excited to serve a third term as mayor, and look forward to building on the positive momentum we’ve established the last six years, and to continue to lead the city through the coronavirus crisis.
We have a lot of work to do, and we are doing it, every day.
I’m also proud of my wife, Sarah, who recorded the most votes of the five candidates for South Milwaukee School Board. Well done, honey!
Other winners of contested races in South Milwaukee were Joe Biden, Jill Karofsky, Chris Larson, Brett Blomme, and Rebecca Kiefer.
Joining Sarah on the School Board will be Patrick Hintz and Augie Vega, who finished second and third, respectively. I want to thank John Haslam for his decades of service to the district — he leaves a strong legacy.
Both referendum questions — supporting Marsy’s Law and non-gerrymandered district maps — passed easily.
Check out the full results here.
The biggest headline, however, may be the turnout — below 50% of registered voters, down 15 percentage points from four years ago. There were almost 2,000 fewer votes cast in this election vs. 2016 — disappointing, but not surprising, given that we were asked to deliver an election in the middle of a health crisis.
It’s clear: Many voters sat this one out, and I can’t blame them. You can read my thoughts on that reality here.
That said, our people stepped up. I want to thank everyone who helped execute this election, led by our clerk’s office and poll workers, including all of the city employees who worked to process absentee ballots, staff the polls, and count votes. The teamwork was impressive, and appreciated.
They delivered a safe election in the face of an unprecedented situation. That will never be taken for granted, and long remembered.