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The Recombobulation Area's Mayoral Candidate Interview Series
As the city of Milwaukee gets ready to go to the polls, we're unlocking our subscriber-only content for those of you cramming before the deadline. Oh, and GO VOTE TOMORROW!!!
The Recombobulation Area is a weekly opinion column by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.
Are you ready to vote, Milwaukee?
The city’s most competitive mayoral primary in a generation is happening Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Hey, that’s tomorrow!
Seven candidates are on the ballot, and we’ve been talking with many of them, getting into the issues facing the city, and taking a look at the big picture for this extremely important primary election.
So if you’ve been putting off your decision, that’s OK! If you want to learn more about the candidates in these final hours before Election Day, we’ve got you covered.
We have been publishing podcasts and transcripts with each of the candidates we’ve interviewed. Up until now, they’ve only been available to paid subscribers only. But we are making them available free to all (!) through the end of the day on Tuesday.
For this interview series with the candidates for mayor of Milwaukee, each candidate was asked the same series of questions on topics including local control, the covid-19 pandemic, segregation and racial disparities, economic development, population growth, immigration, transportation and infrastructure, reckless driving and vehicles thefts, public safety, and education. At the end of each interview, we had a “lightning round” with some more lighthearted, Milwaukee-specific questions.
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Be sure to check back after the election for more coverage of the incredibly important race, right here at The Recombobulation Area.
Here’s what is now available:
Interview with Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson
Interview with Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic
Interview with State Senator Lena Taylor
Interview with Community Activist Ieshuh Griffin
Interview with Business Owner Michael Sampson
Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, we were not able to interview Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas. Additionally, former alderman Bob Donovan ignored all of our requests for interviews.
Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The Daily Beast, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won ten Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
Follow Dan Shafer on Twitter at @DanRShafer.