Sean Lowe wins recount in Wauwatosa, turns into metropolis’s first Black male alderperson | WUWM 89.7 FM

Sean Lowe is the primary Black man elected to the Wauwatosa Widespread Council. Thursday night time, Lowe gained a recount of the April fifth election, defeating incumbent District 5 Ald. Rob Gustafson by the identical one-vote margin and with the identical vote complete as had been in place going into the recount.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Lowe requested Wauwatosa Metropolis Clerk Steve Braatz to substantiate the tally.

Lowe: “703-702?”

Braatz: “703-702.”

Lowe: “Thanks.”

Braatz: “You are welcome.”

Lowe stated he is excited to begin engaged on the problems that he promised throughout his marketing campaign he would deal with.

“Inexpensive housing is prime of the road for me. I need to work on banning no-knock warrants on this metropolis and likewise ensure that we shield inexperienced areas, that we shield the County Grounds and ensure we’ve help for small companies, particularly ladies and minority-owned small companies, which had been damage essentially the most throughout the pandemic,” Lowe advised WUWM.

Police use of no-knock warrants to arrest a suspect is without doubt one of the extra controversial points in legislation enforcement. Lowe stated that there have been too many tragedies in different elements of the nation with police getting into a dwelling and taking pictures Black people.

“[Such as] what occurred to Breonna Taylor [in Louisville] and likewise Amir Locke in Minneapolis. Simply whenever you assume it stops, you will have one other scenario taking place once more. My purpose is cease all of these conditions from taking place in Wauwatosa. I do not need to repeat a nationwide information scenario right here. We’ll be a metropolis that is welcome for all,” Lowe stated.

Rob Gustafson (left) and Sean Lowe (seated at rear) watched the recount course of Thursday night. The method took about 13 hours.

Lowe joins Margaret Arney on the Wauwatosa Widespread Council. Final week, Arney turned the primary Black lady elected to that panel. For now, they will serve with 14 different alderpersons. However a second recount Thursday confirmed approval of an April 5 referendum that can ultimately scale back the dimensions of the Wauwatosa Widespread Council from 16 to 12.

Gustafson stated he would not remorse asking for the recount, and praises election staff for getting the numbers proper the primary time. Jokingly, Gustafson stated he’ll be emailing Lowe if Gustafson’s rubbish is not picked up by metropolis crews.

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