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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

 

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