Milwaukee mayoral marketing campaign enters second section with sharp contrasts between Johnson and Donovan | WUWM 89.7 FM

The 2 finalists within the race for Milwaukee mayor aren’t taking a lot of a break forward of the overall election on April 5.

Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson completed first in final Tuesday’s mayoral major with 42% of the vote. Former Ald. Bob Donovan was second — 20% factors again.

However Donovan confirmed over the weekend that he is not conceding the April election.

Donovan, who was in workplace for 20 years, advised a conservative group in West Allis Saturday that he is the change agent within the mayoral contest.

“I stand earlier than you at the moment to shout from the mountaintops that I’m not in any respect happy with the established order within the metropolis of Milwaukee and neither ought to anybody else,” he stated.

Donovan additionally tangled with Johnson Sunday throughout a joint look on WISN-TV, charging that Johnson is overpromising that enormous quantities of lately employed cops will quickly be out patrolling Milwaukee.

“This neighborhood has been misled into believing that we have 195 or 200 cops, as his advert says — it is simply not true. They don’t seem to be going to be out on our streets,” Donovan stated.

Johnson responded that he backed funding for the officers who will finally be assigned to be out on patrol.

“We’re engaged on plans at the moment, for this second, proper now, in 2022. That features the police. It additionally contains violence prevention. It additionally contains early intervention within the lives of younger folks. It is a complete plan for this second [in] 2022,” Johnson stated.

Johnson additionally stated that as frequent council president he labored to acquire a federal grant that simply led to placing 26 new cops into neighborhoods. “African Individuals, Asians, Latinos, women and men to serve town of Milwaukee,” he stated.

Appearing Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks February 3, on the Port of Milwaukee places of work. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers listens.

The 2 candidates additionally mentioned the sum of money being spent within the mayor’s race. Johnson has raised a number of hundred thousand {dollars}, however has additionally been getting exterior help from a gaggle that could be related to former Milwaukee County Government Chris Abele.

Donovan urged Johnson to reveal extra particulars. “It might be authorized. But it surely’s simply not proper. It is not ethical. It is not moral. I am asking him to be clear and inform the residents of Milwaukee who’s funding your marketing campaign, and what are they asking in return?” he stated.

Johnson known as Donovan’s tone unlucky.

“Should you take a look at the fundraising we did, my very own fundraising, we raised about $350,000 alone. I’ve stated, my marketing campaign has stated, that each one who contributes to a marketing campaign or helps a marketing campaign needs to be listed. I need that. However I am not the one who controls the legal guidelines on the state stage. That is one thing to speak to state legislators about,” Johnson stated.

Donovan has put cash into his personal marketing campaign, and has raised some, however is way behind Johnson. Donovan joked in West Allis on Saturday that each greenback issues.

“Assist me make a distinction. Take a garden signal, contribute what you possibly can — take a garden signal when you reside in Milwaukee. They’re $5 apiece, so please,” Donovan stated.


J.R. Ross is editor of

In response to the editor of the web site, marketing campaign cash might proceed to be a problem for the previous alderman. JR Ross says Donovan appears to have chosen a lane because the conservative legislation and order candidate.

“They’re aren’t many Republicans in Milwaukee, interval. To a number of the individuals who’d be receptive to his message — i.e. cops and firefighters have largely left town due to the drop of residency necessities a number of years in the past below then-Gov. Scott Walker. So, there simply aren’t the folks there,” he explains.

Ross says generally points erupt that make an election extra aggressive than many individuals predict. And, he says miracles do happen.

However even when the mayor’s race goes the best way many assume, and Johnson wins, Ross warns that Johnson’s hope for assist from Republicans controlling the state Legislature to pay for issues like extra cops might run into sturdy opposition.

“We’re proper now at an enormous state price range surplus of $3.8 billion. It’s important to ask your self, do you assume Republican lawmakers need to do extra to assist Milwaukee or do they need to put that cash into reducing taxes?” Ross tells WUWM.

Ross says former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had a tough relationship with Republicans in Madison, and so it is attainable for a reset with Donovan or Johnson.

But when not, the 2 finalists for mayor can be campaigning for the following 5 weeks on the promise of assist that is not coming.

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