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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett Wins Reelection

Maayan Silver
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett speaks to supporters during his primary victory party.

The results of the Milwaukee mayoral race are in and incumbent Tom Barrett easily won his fifth four-year term. Mayor Barrett defeated Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Due to the coronavirus, he thanked supporters, virtually, Monday evening: “I'm very honored. And I'm pleased and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of the city I love in a job that I love."

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And, Barrett discussed his plans moving forward. "In the short run, everyone recognizes that we have to get through this turbulent time with COVID-19. … The next step, then, is to have more tests and social isolation for those who test positive, and then do the tracing of their contact so we can control things. But as soon as we can, I want us to get through these rapids and get back to normalcy."

He says he plans to focus on job creation to help the city get back to normal.

As she conceded to Barrett, Sen. Taylor told supporters via Facebook that she’s still their senator and she plans to fight against voter disenfranchisement that many Milwaukeeans felt they faced on election day.

Taylor also spoke about the challenges that lie ahead: “I need you to know that we're going to be working trying to do the things to help you through this coronavirus time. For unemployment for small businesses, those of you who are wondering what to do about your rent or what to do about your tenants not paying rent, it doesn't stop because the election is over. We keep on working. God bless you."

Olivia Richardson
Olivia Richardson became WUWM's Eric Von Fellow in October 2019.
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