Check out these headlines from around the South Shore …
My next Meet the Mayor session is Saturday, Nov. 15, and I’m proud to announce a special guest will be joining me: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and here’s another reason to stop by — Mears Online Auctions is hosting the event.
Haven’t been to Mears? You really need to check it out. Mears is located in the old St. Mary’s Hall at 1234 Manitoba Ave., and you’ll be amazed at what owner Troy Kinunen has done with the place. The coolest part — a “mini Cooperstown” (my term) museum that features sports and other collectibles that will blow your mind.
County Executive Abele and I hope to see you there, even if it’s just to check out Troy’s cool space.
Questions, comments, concerns … all are welcome. And thanks to County Executive Abele for being a part of this.
Note: A previous version of this post listed the wrong date for this event. It is Wednesday, May 7.
Here is the message from State Sen. Chris Larson’s office … see you there!
Join Senator Chris Larson and Mayor Erik Brooks for a town hall meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at the South Milwaukee Library (1907 10th Ave) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.
Senator Larson will discuss how legislation that passed during session this year will affect the community, and looks forward to hearing from neighbors! This is also a great opportunity to connect with South Milwaukee’s new Mayor, Erik Brooks.
Please contact Grace Fuhr, Senator Larson’s district director, for additional information: 414-273-1509,firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m excited, yet humbled, to report that I won Tuesday’s South Milwaukee mayoral election primary.
The final results:
- Erik Brooks: 53.38%
- Thomas Zepecki: 36.38%
- James Leavens: 9.32%
Thanks to everyone who voted on Tuesday, and don’t forget the April 1 general election. My pledge: Continue to do the work necessary to earn your vote, sharing a positive vision of South Milwaukee’s future and making you part of that conversation.
Check out full results on the South Milwaukee city website.
And don’t forget to vote April 1!
The South Milwaukee mayoral primary is tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 18, and I ask that my readers get to the polls.
Of course, I humbly ask for your vote. But even if I’m not your guy, please cast a ballot. It’s our duty as citizens, an important part of what makes America America.
Here are some details …
- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- There is only one race on the ballot — the mayoral race. Here is a sample ballot. You’ll note I’m listed third; that’s the result of a random drawing done in January.
- First District voters vote at Divine Mercy School, 695 College Ave.
- Second District voters vote at Lakeview School, 711 Marion Ave.
- Third District voters vote at City Hall, 2424 15th Ave.
- Fourth District voters vote at Rawson Elementary, 1410 Rawson Ave.
- Not sure what district you live in? Here is a map.
Check out more details on the city’s elections web page.
And check out my campaign website and Facebook page.
Update: Here is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.
It’s official — there will be a primary in the South Milwaukee mayoral race.
The Feb. 18 ballot will feature me, Tom Zepecki and Jim Leavens, with the top two finishers in that race advancing to the April 1 general election.
So mark your calendars and be sure to vote.
Of course, I humbly ask for your support.
It’s time for new ideas, perspective and energy around some of the key issues facing this city … and I look forward to delivering those. I pledge to continue to be a responsible steward of taxpayer money, while putting a fresh focus on redeveloping downtown, building local business, investing in community attractions, seeking efficiencies and enhancing communications.
With growing support across the city, my campaign has some really good momentum, and I look forward to continuing that into the spring. Join me! Check out my campaign website here. And please “like” my campaign Facebook page.
Also of note: The three South Milwaukee School Board positions up for election this spring will be uncontested. Only incumbents John Haslam, Patricia Bordak and Carol Dufek will be on the April 1 ballot, according to the district.
Thanks again to all the readers of South Milwaukee Blog!
2012 was the biggest year yet for this website, with 92,944 page views — nearly twice as many as 2011 — recorded, including 12,541 in September, the single most popular month for the blog since I launched it in 2009. In fact, the blog’s seven most highly trafficked months all occurred in 2012.
Here are the most-viewed posts from last year …
Again, thanks for turning to South Milwaukee Blog as a consistent source of local news and information … and be sure to tell your family and friends. I look forward to providing the service for years to come.
Happy New Year!
I’m seeking a third term as Fourth District alderman, and I humbly ask for your support.
Why? Because there is so much work left to do … and I am as energized as ever to do it.
- I am proud of what we’ve done to help keep taxes and spending increases low, supporting sensible and conservative budgets each of my three-plus years in office. But budgeting won’t get any easier in coming years. And I look forward to doing what I can to preserve our first-class city services while being a trusted steward of taxpayer dollars.
- I am proud of the investments we’ve made in our infrastructure, including significant investments in flood-control and road projects in the Fourth District. But there’s more work to do and more investments to make. And I’ll support those efforts.
- I am proud of what I’ve done to spur downtown development, especially through the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. But we have a long ways to go in bringing new life back to our city center. And I want to be part of that solution.
- I am proud of what I’ve done to improve resident communications, especially through the launch and growth of South Milwaukee Blog and my support of the redesign of the city’s new website. But we can do better. And I am as committed as ever to making that happen.
- I am proud of the day-to-day constituent support I provide, helping residents get solutions for their problems and standing up for their needs at City Hall. But those needs are always there. And I look forward to doing my part.
So we’ve made progress. But we need to push harder, to continue to embrace positive change and position South Milwaukee for success in the years ahead. We can’t stand still. We must embrace new ideas and new approaches, now more than ever.
That’s why I’m running for alderman next April. And I thank you for your support.
Learn more on my campaign website at brooks4alderman.com and from my flyer … and let me know if you’re interested in helping with the campaign. Anything you can do — especially your vote — is appreciated.
The South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce held its annual spring social and awards banquet last week, and I was proud to be named Ambassador of the Year.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and big thank you to the Chamber for all it does to unite the business community in South Milwaukee.
Here is the full list of winners …
- Business of the Year Golden Key Award: MJ Media LLC. Active participation in the Chamber, involvement in the community and events held in it and an active interest in the development of the business community in the City of South Milwaukee.
- Pride in Premises Award: The Azteca Restaurant. Must be an established business and located in the City of South Milwaukee. The overall appearance should be considered – decorations, plantings, the building’s interior and exteriors, renovations made to the building, cleanliness, lack of graffiti, refuse. The business should be an improvement in our business districts.
- V.I.P Award (Volunteer in Partnership): John Haslam. Demonstrates involvement, in time commitments or monetary value, in a project that benefits the school or community.
- Ambassador of the Year Award: Erik Brooks. Candidate who makes other members feel welcome, spreads goodwill within the Chamber, supports and encourages new members and carries the spirit of the Chamber into the community.
- Rookie of the Year Award: Chad Piechocki. Candidate is a newer member that demonstrates enthusiasm and active involvement in the Chamber as an officer and or Chamber activities.
- Dedicated Service: Bryan Lorentzen. Candidate demonstrates outstanding dedication and service for the South Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce.
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.
I am Erik Brooks, and I want to remain your alderman.
I am running for re-election April 5, and I humbly ask for your vote, as I look forward to being the voice of the 4th District — your voice — for two more years.
I filed my declaration of candidacy today.
It’s been a pleasure serving for the past 20 months, and I am asking for a second term because, simply, there is still work to be done.
Investing in our infrastructure. Finding new and creative solutions for our ailing downtown. Improving resident communications. Those are just some of the issues I promise to continue to tackle should I be re-elected.
In doing so, I stand proud of my accomplishments thus far. From co-founding the South Milwaukee Downtown Market to launching this successful blog, I have worked as hard as I can to earn your trust, respect and, hopefully, vote.
You can learn more about me and my campaign on my recently launched campaign website at www.brooks4alderman.com. And look for me around the district in coming weeks as I speak with as many voters as possible about the issues facing the city.
Thanks again for your support!
One additional note: I pledge not to write a lot about the election directly on this blog. I did not launch this blog to campaign. I launched it to keep residents informed on news and information from around the 4th District, South Milwaukee and the South Shore, and that’s what you will continue to see here. So please keep reading … and tell your family and friends!