Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Barrett and Abele Jointly Announced Their Bid For Re-election In Milwaukee

(L-R) Tom Barrett and Chris Abele

City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive have officially announced their quest to keep their jobs.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 21, 2011

Milwaukee - On Wednesday, both Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 58, and Chris Abele, 44, Milwaukee County Executive officially announced their joint bid for re-election and quest to keep their current jobs. The start of their re-election campaigns was initiated at Southshore Park.
Abele, a newcomer to county politics is finishing up 8 months of former Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's term who left the position to become the Governor of Wisconsin. Governor Walker, a Republican is currently facing a recall election. Abele spent about $1 million of his own money to get elected to a short term.
Abele while campaigning promised not to raise a tax levy for the 2012 budget and did veto a Milwaukee Count Board proposed 6 percent tax levy increase. The board overrode his veto. Currently, he is facing no challengers.
Mayor Barrett ran for Governor in the Democratic ticket against Walker, but was unsuccessful. Barrett has been serving more than seven years as mayor and is seeking his third term as mayor. Barrett is a former congressman, a state legislator and has ran twice unsuccessfully as a Democrat for governor of Wisconsin. He is facing two challengers for the Spring primary election.
Barrett's challengers include, Ieshuh Griffin, who tried to run several times unsuccessfully with the slogan on the ballot "Not the whiteman's bitch." Another mayoral candidate is Bill Wenz, according to the Milwaukee Election Commisssion.
Candidates need to get at least 1,500 nomination signatures by January 3, to get on the ballot. If more than two candidates run in an elected position, a primary will be held on February 21, to eliminate all, but the two remaining highest vote getters.
The final general election will be held for April 3.

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