of a potential position in the Obama Administration, Barrett was
already seeking contributions for his re-election campaign last
say he lacks charisma, should Barrett decide to run for a fourth term,
he holds several advantages, including plentiful campaign funds, loyal
supporters and the incumbency.
professor of governmental affairs at UW-Milwaukee, points out the last
incumbent to lose a Milwaukee mayoral election was Daniel Hoan, who
lost to Carl Zeidler in 1940 after 24 years in office.
typically have an edge, but in Milwaukee it’s particularly
significant," Lee says.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic earned the distinction
of being the youngest person — and only the second woman — elected
as chair of the County Board of Supervisors.
County supervisor since 2004 (when she was elected at age 22),
Dimitrijevic is a strong proponent of responsible economic development
and environmental protection. Her focus on supporting the needs of
working families has made Dimitrijevic a favorite among area
residents, earning her nominations for Milwaukeean of the Year and
Best Milwaukee County Supervisor in local media’s
announced her candidacy for departing Milwaukee Democrat Jon Richards’
19th District Assembly seat, so mayoral aspirations are likely on hold
until the outcome of that election .
If Bob Donovan
decides to run in 2016, he can count on at least two votes. In August,
a pair of friends paid for a billboard near 61st Street and Bluemound
Road urging the South Side alderman to throw his hat in the ring.
alderman issued a statement saying he has no plans to run, sources say
the veteran politician — and vocal critic of Barrett — can’t be
First elected to
the 8th District in 2000, Donovan holds annual walk-throughs to learn
about residents’ concerns and view neighborhood conditions. He also
serves as vice chair of the Public Works Committee.
Common Council president’s name surfaced almost immediately after
the 2012 mayoral election, Boles says.
has a similar makeup to other large cities with African American
mayors," she says. "There is a liberal faction that would
like to see an African American elected."
Hines has been a
Milwaukee alderman since 1996, is well-liked among his constituents
and has been essential in improving housing and increasing police
presence in the neighborhoods he represents.
an interest in running for mayor in the past, there are no signs yet
that Hines is preparing to mount a campaign.
Born and raised
on Milwaukee’s East Side, Kovac has served as alderman for the city’s
3rd District since 2008. He’s active on several committees,
including chair of the Capital Improvements Committee and vice chair
of the Finance & Personnel Committee.
Hall Kovac is an ardent supporter of Milwaukee’s cultural scene,
lauding neighborhood beautification programs and public art campaigns
as having a positive impact on the community and local economy.
been identified as a rising star on the Milwaukee political scene,
most don’t believe the young alderman has enough clout yet to be a
viable candidate for the 2016 election.