Special election preview: Milwaukee Common Council

Three out of 15 seats on the Milwaukee Common Council are up for special primary election. The nonpartisan primaries for Districts 1, 5, and 9 are on Feb. 21, 2023. The general election for all three races is scheduled for April 4. The filing deadline to run passed on Jan. 3.

Candidates for District 1 are: 

  • Zandra Bailey,
  • David Bowen, 
  • Marshall Martin, 
  • Andrea Pratt, and
  • Vincent G. Toney.

The special election was called after Ashanti Hamilton left office to become the director of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention on Aug. 30, 2022. Hamilton served from 2004 to 2022. 

Candidates for District 5 are: 

  • Ray Banks,
  • Joe Fisch,
  • Annette Jackson,
  • Jeff Spence,
  • P. Thomas Thadison III,
  • Lamont Westmoreland, and
  • Bruce Winter.

The special election was called after Nikiya Harris Dodd left office due to family and medical issues on Nov. 25, 2022. Dodd served from 2019 to 2022. 

Candidates for District 9 are: 

  • Odell Ball,
  • Amber Danyus,
  • Russell Goodwin,
  • Walt Love,
  • Cherie Ray,
  • Donna Ross,
  • Larresa Taylor, and
  • Jasmine Tyler.

The special election was called after Chantia Lewis was removed from office on July 18, 2022. Lewis served from 2016 to 2022.

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 30th-largest city in the U.S. by population.  

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