Milwaukee to hold municipal primaries on February 18

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is holding nonpartisan primaries on Tuesday, February 18. A general election will occur on April 7, 2020.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city, the following offices are up for election:
• Mayor
• Common council (15 seats)
• City attorney
• City comptroller

All 15 Milwaukee Common Council seats are up for election in 2020. A primary is held if more than two candidates filed to run for a seat. Primaries are being held for Districts 1, 5, 7, 8, 11, and 14. Candidates running for Districts 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 15 automatically advanced to the general election in April.

Four candidates filed to run in the primary for mayor of Milwaukee. Paul Rasky, Lena Taylor, and Tony Zielinksi are challenging incumbent mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett first assumed office in 2004.

Three candidates filed to run in the primary for Milwaukee City Attorney. Grant Langley, the current city attorney, first assumed office in 1984. He faces Vincent J. Bobot and Tearman Spencer in the primary.

Alex Brower, Jason Fields, and Aycha Sawa are competing in the primary for Milwaukee City Comptroller. Martin Matson, the current city comptroller, did not seek re-election in 2020.

A general election will be held for the office of Milwaukee City Treasurer in April. The primary was canceled after only two candidates filed for the race. Incumbent Spencer Coggs, who first assumed the office in 2012, will face Brandon Methu in the general election on April 7, 2020.

City offices in Milwaukee are officially nonpartisan.

Click here to learn more about Milwaukee’s city elections
Click here to learn more about Milwaukee’s mayoral elections

Additional reading:
Wisconsin elections, 2020 
Elections calendar
List of current mayors of the top 100 cities in the United States
Largest cities in the United States by population 




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Samuel Wonacott

Samuel Wonacott is a staff writer at Ballotpedia and can be reached at samuel.wonacott@ballotpedia.org.

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