Dec 28, 2021

PODCAST: The Race for Mayor in Milwaukee

Urban Milwaukee's Jeramey Jannene helped us recombobulate after a dizzying few weeks of news on the Milwaukee mayor's race.

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The Recombobulation Area is an award-winning weekly opinion column written by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.

Milwaukee City Hall, which will be seeing quite a bit of change inside its walls in the coming months. Photo via Getty Images.

It’s official: Milwaukee is going to have an election for mayor. In less than two months, we’ll have a primary, and on April 5, we will be electing a new mayor. 

Tom Barrett, the city’s mayor of more than 17 years, was unceremoniously confirmed as the Ambassador to Luxembourg on the evening of Dec. 16. Cavalier Johnson became the Acting Mayor on Dec. 22.

Since then, we’ve seen new policies and proposals from some of the top candidates, one candidate has left the race (State Rep. Daniel Riemer), other candidates are joining the race (State Sen. Lena Taylor, State Sen. Chris Larson), and this is all pretty discombobulating.

To help us recombobulate, we were joined by Jeramey Jannene, president and co-founder of Urban Milwaukee, who covers City Hall like no one else in the city.

We talked about the candidates, the issues, and the big picture for this race.

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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes the award-winning column, 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 on Twitter at @DanRShafer.

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