Carpenter for Treasurer
In the only seriously-contested citywide contest on the Aprl 3 ballot in Milwaukee, I recommend State Senator Tim Carpenter for City Treasurer.
Both Carpenter and the other nominee, State Senator G Spencer Coggs, have represented state senate districts in the City of Milwaukee since 2003. Before that, each served in the Assembly (Coggs 20 years, Carpenter 18 years). Both lost Democratic primaries for higher office (Carpenter for Congress in 2004, Coggs for Lieutenant Governor (LG) in 2010).
The tie-breaker is Carpenter's Master's Degree in public adminstration from UW-Madison; Coggs has only a Bachelor's Degree in urban studies from UWM. Moreover, Coggs coasted to his first election on the popularity of his uncle Supervisor Isaac N Coggs, while Carpenter has made his own career without the advantage of a popular family name. A former Coggs aide (Jana Williams) has alleged that other staff members were working on the Senator's LG campaign while on state time, but Coggs denied knowing about such activities. All things considered, Carpenter is the better choice.
Mayor Tom Barrett has done well enough to deserve re-election, although he seems more focused on the prospect of running for Governor again. His opponent, Asst. Prof. Edward McDonald of the UW-Extension, is intelligent and ambitious, but lacks the record of accomplishment in public office that would support his election as Mayor of Milwaukee. McDonald must first prove himself in a lower-echelon government office before earning the coveted Glazerbeam endorsement for Mayor.
Deputy Pension Director Martin Matson is the obvious choice for City Comptroller over Supervisor Johnny Thomas, who is facing a bribery charge.
Gerald S Glazer