I Love the Newest Member of the South Milwaukee School Board

Indeed, my wife, Sarah Brooks, has been appointed as the newest South Milwaukee School Board member. She was sworn in last night.

Sarah replaces Carol Dufek, who left her spot on the board earlier this fall.

I am most certainly biased, but I think she is a great choice, and will serve the district and its students incredibly well.

Sarah brings almost two decades of experience in education, including more than 15 in the classroom. Her career has taken her to the Raymond, Whitnall and South Milwaukee School Districts, primarily in teaching English as a second language. She most recently served as an ESL aide at Rawson Elementary.

Sarah is also active in our church, the community, and the school district as an active and engaged parent of our ninth- and sixth grade kids.

She always steps up to help people, from raising awareness (and money) to find a cure for type 1 diabetes through JDRF and, more recently, to serving as a “compassionate entrepreneur” for Trades of Hope, which seeks to lift up disadvantaged Third World artisans across the globe.

And Sarah is a Cubs fan. But we won’t hold that against her.

Sarah will be up for election next spring (April 7, 2020), and I heard from a well-placed source that she intends to run for her seat.

Congratulations, honey!


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Stronger, Together: Proudly Announcing my Candidacy for a Third Term as South Milwaukee’s Mayor

To My South Milwaukee Neighbors, 

Visit my campaign website here and Facebook page here.

It’s been an honor serving as your mayor since 2014. I humbly ask for your vote on April 7, 2020, as I seek another term leading our city forward.

I filed my declaration of candidacy this morning at City Hall. Learn more on my campaign website and Facebook page.

We’ve made great progress since I was first elected, responsibly investing in critical areas. And that will not change in my third term, as we lean into the same priorities …

  • Invest in Economic Development: We’re bringing new businesses into the city, and proactively bringing new tools, incentives and partnerships to the table, to do even more.
  • Invest in Downtown: We have to start here, and we’re taking concrete actions to breathe new life into our city center and ensure its long-term success.
  • Invest in the Oak Creek Watershed: We’re working with public and private partners to renew the Oak Creek watershed, planning to work, and soon working the plan for long-overdue environmental, ecological and recreational improvements.
  • Invest in Technology and Efficiency: We’re making our government more efficient, becoming easier to do business with, and improving how we deliver the first-class services you have come to expect from us.
  • Invest in Public Safety and Health: We’re finding new ways, and new partners, to deliver these critical services, and we’re seeing results. Crime is down. Service is up. And we’re safer and healthier because of it.
  • Invest in Partnerships and Advocacy: We can’t do this alone, and we’re always seeking new and better ways to work with our neighboring communities, schools, Milwaukee County, businesses, and nonprofits.
  • Invest in Communication: We’re sharing important information more frequently and in new ways, and better telling our story with residents, visitors and business owners.
  • Invest in Infrastructure: Clean water. Roads. Beautification. Urban forestry, and more. We’re driving significant, critical and often long-overdue capital projects.

We’re doing this all as responsible stewards of your money, living out our commitment every day to keep expenditures under control and taxes as low as possible.

I need your help as we continue to build on this momentum.

The general election is April 7. As that date approaches, please take a few minutes to learn more about me, the campaign, the progress we have made, and, most importantly, a vision for our promising future that both builds on our successes and reflects on the lessons we’ve learned.

I am excited for the future of this city, and I ask you to join me in continuing to shape that future in April.

We’re stronger, together. And we’re not done yet.


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November 11: South Milwaukee Veterans Day Ceremony Planned

NOTE: Due to the cold weather, the event has now been moved inside, to the post. Starting at 11 a.m.

Please join me in honoring those who serve, and those who have.

The South Milwaukee Veterans Day event will be held at two locations on Monday, Nov. 11: the War Memorial and the American Legion Post 27. 

The Honor Guard will form at 10:15 a.m. at the American Legion Post, departing at 10:40 a.m. to the South Milwaukee War Memorial, for a ceremony.

A luncheon will be served after the event at the American Legion Post 27, 920 Monroe Avenue.

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What’s Up at the South Milwaukee PAC? A Lot, Including the High School Fall Play This Weekend

Get more details, and tickets, here… and see you this weekend for “Murder is Announced”!

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Time to Think Christmas … and the Festival of Trees!

So glad to see this return in 2019 … thanks to Caterpillar, Ace Hardware and the South Milwaukee Street Department for helping this holiday tradition take root. Make your plans for December 6!

Want to decorate a tree? Email Karin Wierman. Supplies are going fast!


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Budget Amendment: New Life for Grobschmidt Pool?

An update from Milwaukee County Supervisor Steven Shea

I am excited to report that my budget amendment to keep the Grobschmidt Pool open was included in a larger package of funded budget amendments that passed our County’s Finance Committee today! The full board will vote on it next week. Thanks to everyone for hanging in there and staying in contact about your needs throughout the budget process. It is my pleasure to represent our district in these debates. I really appreciate your support.

My original pool proposal was incorporated into a wide-ranging budget amendment presented to the Finance Committee today by Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., and co-sponsored by myself and fellow supervisors Schmitt, Johnson, Cullen, and Taylor.

Thanks, Supervisor Shea, for fighting for South Milwaukee and the South Shore! Now let’s get this to the finish line — as well as the restoration of Milwaukee County Transit routes 48 and 52.

The County Board holds its budget public hearing Monday night.

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Heads Up: Trick-or-Treating Rescheduled to Saturday

Due to the historic winter (?) storm, we are rescheduling the official City of South Milwaukee trick-or-treating to this Saturday, November 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Please help us spread the word, and stay safe, South Milwaukee!


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